Cord Jefferson, in an article published on The Root, takes aim at the modern day pride parade—you know, the fun ones, where scantily-clad men gyrate on floats to bumping bass, throwing condoms and beads into the crowd. His thesis? That in this “politically important” time for gay rights, homosexuals would be better served by—ahem—straightening up and flying right.
In the article, Jefferson cites Martin Luther King Jr. as an example. During his battle for civil rights, you didn’t see him in a skin-tight t-shirt and hot pants. He wanted people to take him seriously and he wanted to transcend stereotypes of African Americans as heathens. So he put on his best suit and got to work.