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Tell NAACP Rev. Keith Ratliff misrepresents NAACP values by attacking gays!

    1. Petition by

      Christian Fuscarino

      Belmar, NJ

Rev. Keith Ratliff has come out attacking gays, and he is demanding the “gay community stop hijacking the civil rights movement.” We cannot let Rev. Ratliff use the NAACP as a platform to spread hate and ignorance!

Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, spoke at a marriage rally in Des Moines on Tuesday, adding, “Deviant behavior is not the same as being denied your right to vote,” and calling any parallel between the African-American civil rights movement and the gay civil rights movement an “insult.”

Ratliff’s anti-gay actions also go directly against the teachings of the NACCP’s president, and Chairman, Benjamin Jealous, and Jealous’ predecessor, Julian Bond.  Not to mention nationally released statements from the NAACP supporting LGBTQ rights.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. President of Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Goes All Anti-Gay

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      We're pretty accustomed to hearing middle-aged, married, conservative white guys spout off about how gay people are a perverse abomination and deserve to be shunned from society.
      Boring! I mean, it’s easy to ridicule a disenfranchised and oppressed...

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Lisa Votino-Tarrant SHINNECOCK INDIAN RESERVATION, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      As an Executive Board member of an NAACP Branch, I know this isn't the stance of the NAACP. Our branch president is supportive of marriage equality and has been a great ally.

      There is no hijacking of anyone's movement. When anyone's rights are diminished, it flies in the face of everything the civil rights movement stood for.

      My philosophy is that I will work for everyone to be born equal. What personal choices we make for ourselves in our lives are our responsibilities, but we should all have the same right inherently as we enter this world. We cannot help what we are born as and that includes our skin color, our sexual orientation, etc.

      We should celebrate all our differences and learn that united together, we can never be defeated.

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    • Jonathan Swift LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      People like him don't own the Civil Rights movement, Black people were and are part of it, but they are not the start and the end, it's much bigger than just one group. What about gay people, the disabled, older people, people of other faiths, people of other shades of colour/. How incredibly arrogant to think Civil Rights refers only to Black rights. Typical of a small-minded religious zealot who can't see beyond his own colour. Civil Rights refers to all people, including white heterosexuals -- it's about fairness for all.

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    • Daryl Omar Shabazz MAPLEWOOD, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      I want to see a bond between my diaspora brothers and the gay community, as well as feminists. It's only when the political minorities stand together that change will be made. Rallies like this tear us apart and only allow the powers that be to divide and conquer. While as a black man, there are some personal feelings considering the topic, but in public and when fighting for reformation there are certain things that need to be kept to one's self. Especially if you represent the NAACP.

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    • Samuel Kirkendall PRINCESS ANNE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Come on Rev. Keith Ratliff who gave you the authority to judge others? Only God can judge others! Seriously most Christians are hypocrites these years. And from what I see about you is you are one also!

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    • Richard Shehorn Jr. HARTLY, DE
      • over 3 years ago

      'An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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