LGBT activists have done it again. They’ve managed to show their own bigotry with the raising of a redesigned rainbow flag outside Philadelphia City Hall earlier this month to show that they hold solidarity with black and brown people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Not only did the flag receive a black stripe, but also a brown stripe to address the claimed racial targeting that has been going on in recent months on the city.
Amber Hikes, who CNN identified as a “black queer woman” and who is the director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, called the raising of the new flag a “profound statement.” She said that “white people do not know what racism looks like, because that’s the definition of racism.”
“We say that we’re inclusive. We celebrate it. Now it’s time to go further,” the narrator said in a More Color More Pride video posted on YouTube.
“To broaden the horizons of our community. To change our iconic symbol … To not just talk about being inclusive, but to finally do it,” the narrator said.
But out of all the colors, there was one that was noticeably missing from the bright, supposedly “inclusive” pride flag. Would you like to guess which one?
— Gran Varones (@TheGranVarones) June 9, 2017
Which is a strange way to go about this whole mess since white is the same color as the bulk of U.S. individuals who actually consider themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
According to a 2013 Pew Research survey that was taken, a majority number of 66 percent of those answering individuals in the survey identified as white.
In a different report, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations claimed that bars in Philadelphia’s historically gay neighborhood, nicknamed the “Gayborhood,” was ‘discriminating’ against black customers for not abiding by the set dress code. The bars also rumored to have required minority patrons to show more forms of identifications to get in.
The Mayor of Philadelphia even got in on the social justice.
Gay Philadelphia resident Ernest Owens said he was patted down while entering a bar while white patrons were not patted down.
“[A]ll around while I can see other people in front of me get in with no problem. That kind of discrimination is very inhumane and derogatory. I really felt less than,” Owens told WCAU in January.
Following the release of the damming report, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney vowed to stand up against further discrimination in his city.
“Racism in the LGBTQ community is a real issue,” Kenney said in January. “It’s a real issue in our entire society, not only just in the LGBTQ area or in the Gayborhood. We need to do more to address it here in Philadelphia.”
Kenney had vowed that he would “do whatever else we need to do” to make sure that the city would change the report’s advice.
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