Al Sharpton

The announcement made by NBA center Jason Collins today about being a
gay male marks the first time a professional athlete has openly
confirmed his sexuality. This is a breakthrough moment in sports and
another step towards tolerance and fairness in the African-American
community. I salute the courage and candor of Mr. Collins and think he
has made a great contribution to this country and I call on others in
the civil rights community and the African-American leadership of all
fields to embrace this development. We can’t be custodians of
intolerance and freedom fighters at the same time. In order to fight for
anyone’s civil rights and self expression we must fight for everyone’s
civil rights. God Bless Jason Collins for helping to show us the way.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.