Dan Ramos, the Chair of Bexar County Democrats, representing the Democratic Party in the City of San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas, recently went on a racist and homophobic tirade:
[Gays] are all connected to the gay Democratic Party, the so-called Stonewall Democrats. Just like termites they managed to get some of their people in key positions. … I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the f—ing Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a f— who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.
The degradation by Mr. Ramos of the LGBT community is so far off the mark that it almost goes without my typical ranting; however, I can’t resist.
Gays are like the Nazi Party: This couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. Perhaps the largest indicator of how factually incorrect this is lies in the history of a symbol that has been representative of the gay community for decades – the pink triangle. This symbol was originally sewn or pinned to the shirts of gay men during the occupation by Nazi Germany. They were courted off, along with other non-Aryan, non-Christian, non-white folk to camps, where they were pushed into “showers” along side many others. hundreds of thousands of gay men and lesbians were murdered by the Nazi Party. Therefore, it seems logical that the gays couldn’t possible be “like the Nazi Party” any more so than Jewish people could be “like the Nazi Party.”
90 Percent [of gays are] White, Blue-eyed, and Anglo: I’d love to know where Mr. Ramos found this statistic. In my household, only 50% of the gays are white, Anglo and blue eyed. In my closest circle of friends, that drops significantly – to roughly 1 out of 10.
You Can’t Get Your Way Just Because You’re Black: Putting this phrase into the context used by Mr. Ramos, it’s evident that he’s referring to the fact that LGBT people are struggling for rights such as marriage equality and prevention of work place and public sector discrimination. In so making the comparison, he belittled not only the struggles of the LGBT community, but also the struggles of the African American community in fighting for their civil rights, desegregating society and struggling to be seen as whole citizens of the United States.
Sadly, in spite of the fact that the attack was directed mostly toward the members of the San Antonio Stonewall Democrats, the organization has not released a statement and has chosen to remain silent on the issue at this time (perhaps because May is an important election time for the group?). Thankfully, not all LGBT organizations in San Antonio are remaining silent. The Direct Action Network of San Antonio has recently launched a campaign to join with the state’s Chair of the Democratic Party to demand the resignation of Mr. Ramos. You can find a petition here.
NOTE: For more of the column, Stupid Things People Say About Gays, click here.