Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I'm not sure I'd want this guy driving my policy car

A New York Times article about a move in the gay rights community to slow down the press for fundamental societal changes includes a quote from Jonathan Katz, a gay rights activism I knew many years ago: "'For a certain segment of the movement, for which I would certainly elect the H.R.C. as poster child, it means that the error was that we were wanting too much too fast,' said Jonathan D. Katz, executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale. 'It is entirely characteristic for them to believe that what is required is a sort of retrenchment and a return to a more moderate message. They are, of course, completely wrong.'" The thing is, I don't think I want Katz to be driving my policy goals. He is a very bright guy, and he is defined completely by his gayness. There is nothing else about him -- there is no other person there (or there certainly wasn't when I knew him). This means that he is incapable of seeing beyond his own self-identity. Nothing else in the world exists as far as he's concerned. This lack of breadth renders suspect anything he does or plans, in my opinion.