The dashcam video of the police killing of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald was released yesterday after more than a year. The reporter who forced the release of the video was barred from Mayor Emanuel's news conference. The officer charged with first degree murder in the case, Jason Van Dyke, is shown shooting McDonald 16 times, including after the 17-year-old was on the ground. The teen, who according to a toxicology report had traces of PCP in his system, was walking in the street with a 3-inch knife in his hand, but was moving away from the officers and police cars when he was shot. Police had claimed that Van Dyke was in fear for his life when he emptied his gun into McDonald, but the video shows that was not true. Other officers did not see a need for deadly force. After shooting McDonald 16 times, Van Dyke was reloading his gun when another officer told him to hold his fire.
John Riley at Metro Weekly follows up on the controversy over an online petition to "drop the T" from the LGBT movement.
Dana Beyer and I are quoted (agreeing with each other) on this obnoxious and historically ignorant petition. Here's a portion of my remarks:
“For gay folks to support dropping the T would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch,” Rosendall says. “It would be suicidal. Our opponents are not going to be fooled. They will continue to lump us all together because they consider all of us a threat to what they believe are proper gender norms.
“That reality of diversity needs to be asserted and defended because our opponents want to pretend that everybody in the country looks like them, loves like them, believes like them and thinks like them. And they want to make the rest of us effectively disappear or disenfranchise us. It would be the politics of subtraction for us to consider dropping any of us, and that simply is not going to happen.”
D.C. Council backs domestic partner ‘termination’ bill https://t.co/VVkvLhYljW— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) November 6, 2015
One of our last bits of cleanup. Thanks to the DC Council members, in particular Judiciary chairman McDuffie and the other committee members. And thanks to GLAA Secretary Saul Cruz for his work on this bill.
A transgender friend alerted me last night to the Change.org petition. Here is my short comment:
No. Over thousands of LGBT activists' dead bodies will this exclusion ever happen. For us to buy the "male predators in dresses" slander, or allow it to stand, would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch. As Ben Franklin said, "Let us hang together, for surely we will hang separately."
Regarding Stonewall, I recommend the book Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's testimony on the Opportunity Scholarship program can be found here.
Signorile is spot on. Prop 8 redux, indeed. So many of our allies with deep pockets have a fear of flying, to use a 70s phrase. The bathroom panic lie deserved a powerful, hair-singeing response. I can imagine someone suggesting it at a meeting of overpaid "experts" and being shot down.
We know what Tony Perkins is going to say. What is more scandalous at this point is how our community's and its allies' money is squandered by people afraid of pressing the fight. It's like people still sending money to the Red Cross after $500 million in Haitian relief donations translated to a total of six houses being built. These incompetent people, these wet noodle warriors should be run out of town on a rail, not rewarded. Instead, we'll get more hand-wringing appeals from them saying, "We're not done, send your faith offering now and we'll send you this lovely rosewood crucifix." Sorry, I'm confusing them with religious hucksters.
We need to put our armor on and get ready to fight! No, our rights should not be subject to a popular vote. That's part of it. But when a fight is on, we've got to bring everything we've got to it.
I am quoted in this article on the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015, a hearing on which was held on October 28. My testimony for GLAA is here.
[Dale Carpenter] Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota: On Tuesday afternoon an ... https://t.co/k2VyV6DhHf— Volokh Conspiracy (@VolokhC) November 4, 2015
Superb article by Dale Carpenter on the latest assault on free speech and academic discourse at a public university because the speaker was Israeli. I myself am critical of Israel (I am a longstanding supporter of Israel horrified by the policies of Netanyahu), but shouting down an academic lecture in this way is wrong and inimical to the mission of a university. Such illiberal behavior in the name of justice should be punished and rebuked.
Breaking News: Voters in Houston have overturned the city’s equal rights ordinance, which covers 15 protected groups https://t.co/oLkYizG9Zg— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 4, 2015
Today's terrible, dispiriting result in Houston is but the latest illustration of why people's rights should not be put to a popular vote. The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican (representative) form of government, and says nothing about plebiscites. If minority rights are subject to denial by a direct vote of the people, the stirring up of mobs that so concerned Madison can run rampant and undermine the bill of rights. Ballot measures like Houston's Proposition 1 are not appropriate.
The New Civil Rights Movement reports here.
This is good news, especially considering the racial disparities in enforcement about which I testified a year ago.
We have been dealing with this kind of brazenly illogical dismissiveness for years. I'm sorry, but if you're not anti-gay, then stop discriminating against us.
As The Hill says of this, "Passage represents a swan song for the outgoing Speaker." We are very much opposed to this program. Here's a link to the letter from D.C. Council members opposing the program. We were pleased to take part in persuading members to sign the letter.