Friday, November 21, 2008

Bayard who?

I came across his character in the movie "Boycott" but I never really became aware of the man until I saw Brother Outsider.

When one hears of the civil rights movement in the United States, the name Martin Luther King comes to mind. But lurking in the background – in fact, way before King became a symbol of the Black American's struggle for their rights – was Bayard Rustin. A gay activist.

Admittedly, I am not that familiar with the history of the civil rights movement aside from the Montgomery bus boycott, the Ku Klux Klan and the deplorable practice of lynching.

To know the life of Bayard Rustin is to admire his guts for standing up to a system and period where it was a curse to be black and an abomination to be gay. But he did live the life he knew in his heart was right.

I may not agree with his pacifist principles but considering the historical period he lived in, how he stood by what he believed in is admirable at the very least. Despite the repression he faced mainly from the state and at some point from his colleagues – due to his sexuality and color – he just pushed on and on.

"The proof that one truly believes is in action." So true.

6 comments:

G said...

Bayag who? Chos!

I just can imagine, being black and gay at that time, was like double whammy. This may also be the reason why he is "unknown".

FerBert said...

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Mugen said...

I know him. He is the reason why the Kings were tolerant of gays. It was a gay man who managed the preacher's day to day schedule and at the time of his death, a gay man was one of the people beside him.

RONeiluke, RN said...

ngayon ko lang din narinig yung name niya and his part in history...

ruff nurse-du-jour said...

never really a fan of the nonviolent passivist movement, y'know, the luther, rizal, gandhi's satyagraha type, etc. but if there's one thing i'd agree with those guys, its the fact that the brain is always stronger than the brawl.

kiel said...

the first thing that comes to mind is what gibo said.

pero i realised being gay and black at this time is no picnic either.