Have you ever been walking along on a summer's evening, looked up, and seen a rainbow? There's something magical about it, right? Even as adults, we're taken back to our childhoods when we drew them on our notebooks, when we learned the colors using the acronym "Roy G. Biv" for the sequence of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Then in 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker ruined all that by creating the rainbow flag to celebrate gay and lesbian issues.
It's apparently time for ole Roy G. Biv to retire. In Philly, LGBT activists unveiled a rather hideous new flag -- a rainbow flag that also has black and brown stripes to represent gay minorities.
For Amber Hikes and many others in the LGBT community, the lights were a powerful symbol of a government's support for a marginalized community that had historically struggled to be recognized, much less openly supported. Now Hikes, a black queer woman, is excited about a new gay-rights symbol: a pride flag with additional black and brown stripes above the rest of the rainbow. The stripes represent LGBT individuals of color, a group that can often be overlooked within the overall LGBT umbrella.
But wait, where's the white stripe? Is the flag - which now also has to represent skin tones - now discriminating against Caucasians? Jon Gabriel of Ricochet makes a very important observation about the hidden meaning behind the purple and the yellow stripes:
And Mike. S. Adams, outspoken University of North Carolina professor, asked this pertinent question:
You just can't have enough political correctness when you're a liberal.