Richard Rothstein hits the LGBT activist nail on the head in this excerpt from his post called Black America To Gay America: Jena Six, This Is How It's Done!
Consider that days before a possible ENDA vote, ENDA is not on the front pages of any newspapers or among the headlines on CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS. ENDA may represent a solution to a gross injustice and outrage that is more than equal to the issues surrounding the Jena Six, but, to put it bluntly, as has been the case since the 1950s, blacks do it better, much better. You can be damned sure that if ENDA concerned basic civil rights for African Americans, there would have been a tent city within shouting distance of Capital Hill until justice was done.
We have the best chance ever of passing much needed legislation like ENDA and the federal hate crimes bill, but we have failed to generate the kind of activism and moral urgency around the issues that will propel us to victory. And, its not just the traditional media that is in many ways missing the story, but also the LGBT media has not picked up the story and urged action.Through sheer force of will, Black activists with the support of progressives of all colors, have made the injustice around the Jena 6 such a national issue that even President Bush was forced to comment. I do not believe in any way that Bush has any concern for the Black students facing criminal charges stemming from a series of racist incidents, but that he was forced to comment is a sign of activist power.