Barack Obama... I am guessing is attempting to salvage what can only be termed a PR nightmare for his campaign right now. He has announced now that he will invite an openly homosexual "pastor" to his Black Gospel tour in South Carolina, where he has drawn intense heat from homosexuals for inviting Pastor Donnie McClurkin - a former homosexual, who was abused from age 8, to appear.
Openly Homosexual African American blogger Keith Boykin calls this move even dumber than the first:
Obama won't win any new black votes by getting a white gay guy to speak at a black event. Especially when there are plenty of black straight people, black gay people, families of black gay people, and friends of black gay people who could have been chosen to speak.
I spoke to several people in the black gay community tonight, and many of them were outraged by the decision. It was bad enough that McClurkin was invited in the first place, but it only adds insult to injury to ignore the longstanding concerns of the black gay community by not talking to people in the black gay community themselves. And if someone had to be invited, why not invite someone in the black gay community? Or why not invite a black mother of a gay or lesbian child? Or a local black pastor who supports the full inclusion of gays and lesbians?
Adding Rev. Sidden to the agenda will not quell the outrage from the activists in the white gay community either. They've already begun to criticize the decision. They don't want Obama to participate in the concert tour at all. They may not be as upset as black gays about the issue of race, but they're not likely to be appeased just by throwing a gay guy onto a platform with anti-gay performers.