Caehlim, it always bothers me when an organization is known for helping people yet they have all these underhanded tactics where they contribute to a lot of terrible causes. The salvation army for example has a long history of being anti LGBT, some of it is actually quite depressing.
"1998 ó The Salvation Army of the United States chose to turn down $3.5 million in contracts with the city of San Francisco, resulting in the closure of programs for the homeless and senior citizens. The church backed out of these contracts due to San Francisco's requirement that city contractors must provide spousal benefits to both same-sex partners and opposite-sex partners of employees. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Love stated:
'We simply cannot agree to be in compliance of the ordinance.'
In 2004, the Salvation Army in New York City also threatened to close down all of its services for the city's homeless due to a similar non-discrimination ordinance."
This link has a ton of other examples. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zinnia-jones/the-salvation-armys-histo_b_4422938.html
To me an organization looses almost all credibility when they pull stuff like that. I can totally stand behind the concept of the advert that Beorning posted, however when you find out that same organization is anti gay/anti lgbt, you realize that they don't really care about the issue of women, they're just trying to push their agenda.
NubianLegend, I think the whole Dolezal issue is a complicated one. In my opinion she did a lot of things wrong, lying about her father for example. I talked about this earlier in the thread so I'll try not to go over the same points. I don't think its fair to compare her to a white supremest. I also think its laughable how people are completely ignoring the fact that she was trying to help the black community and not hurt it. I really haven't heard a SINGLE thing about people being against the work she did while at NAACP, all the outrage seems to be about her being born white. "Oh if she was a black woman everything would be fine".
I caught the glimps of her interview with Matt Lauer (sp) on CNN this morning where she talked about identifying as being black, that while she was as young as 5 she was making drawings of herself and coloring herself with darker shades. Of course hre parents deny that completely, which doesn't surprise me given the bad relationship they have. The way I look at it.. A lot of people who have identity issues have a hard time and coming out. A lot of the time its hard enough for them to admit to themselves let alone family or friends. Now people might try to argue that I'm somehow diminishing the struggle that gay/lesbian/transgender people go through by comparing the two, but to me it really isn't THAT different of an issue.
Every SINGLE argument I've heard against Dolezal I've heard being used against people who identify as LGBT. The internet has a thing for these catchphrases and since this Dolezal thing I've heard the term 'trans-racial' being thrown around. Even in this thread people have used the term condescendingly, much like the way people mocked the term 'transgender' less than a few decades ago. An article written a few days back said " the reason Dolezalís famous this morning isnít because sheís a white woman who led a chapter of the NAACP, itís because she perpetrated a bizarre fraud about her racial identity." I could very easily see the same type of words being used to describe a man who believes himself to be a woman.
I'm straight, I'm male. I don't personally identify as LGBT, but I still see that people should have the right to express themselves however they want, especially if they're not hurting anyone. Now people in this thread have said how what Dolezal did affects the black community, affects black culture, etc etc... However no one can exactly say WHY, or HOW.