I think that we walk a very dangerous road when we turn the volume and the heat up so high and -- in this age of Twitter and Facebook -- so quickly that the only possible outcome is war. Often, the casualty is to make enemies out of those who could be allies.
Intentions do not mitigate impact, but explaining our intentions and apologizing do increase understanding and create a civil and respectful society. I hope that our gay community is able to accept Roland Martin's intentions as his truth.
There's a story to be told about the way our "movement" goes about holding people accountable and building allies in our quest for true equality. Can we truly celebrate the suspension of one of the few people of color from TV?
When a celebrity, pundit, or politician uses his or her soap box and access to thousands, if not millions, of people irresponsibly, it rightfully causes havoc -- which is exactly why Roland Martin is on the hot seat right now.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Roland Martin's offensive tweets were wrong. GLAAD's handling of the matter was also wrong. Hopefully, CNN will not make a third wrong in firing Roland Martin or delaying his on air comeback.
Martin is entitled to his opinion, and he shouldn't be fired from his job simply because of what he believes. But given those beliefs, why wouldn't gays and lesbians assume Martin's tweet about smacking a male fan of a shirtless David Beckham was meant to be an insult to gay men?
There seems to be a pattern here: smack the ish out, whip dat ass, bowl down your alley, sit in your pew. GLAAD and NBJC say it exposes something ugly and, pointing to Martin's history, that it's time for CNN to show him the door.