He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now what?
My latest piece for The American Prospect.
Hilton Als on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,’s “magisterial” new documentary series that gives voice to slavery: http://nyr.kr/17WbhZd
“Gates’s quest isn’t ideological; one could call the documentary a kind of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,’ one in which the burdens are race and property. What becomes abundantly clear vis-à-vis Gates’s lyrical investigation is the innate genius it took for African-Americans to survive.”
Sociologist Michael Kimmel explores the history of the aggrieved American male, but fails to capture what drives our age’s most prominent discontents.
Except for the Episcopal Church, which recognized same-sex unions in 2009 and ordains openly gay and lesbian priests, the leadership of the country’s major Christian denominations has presented a solid front against the spread of same-sex marriage across the country. Further down the totem pole, churches are moving on without their leadership. According to a forthcoming report from the National Congregations Study at Duke University, the number of congregations allowing openly gay and lesbian members has increased from 38 to 48 percent since 2006-2007. Twenty-seven percent of churches gave gay and lesbian congregants leadership roles in the same timeframe—an 8 percent jump.
I did all this coding for the Prospect's package on “Work in the Age of Anxiety.” Check out all the interactive goodness.
From 1954 thought 1974, American workers brought home most of the wealth that they produced. Since 1974, they’ve steadily lost power—and they’re getting just a fraction of the wealth they produce today.
The real debate, Eskridge and Garnett say, is whether and to what degree religiously affiliated institutions like schools or churches and non-religiously affiliated, for-profit companies should be exempt from non-discrimination legislation. Should religiously affiliated adoption agencies that receive government funding be allowed to turn away same-sex couples? Should bakers, photographers, and musicians be able to refuse to provide services at a same-sex wedding?