by Kirby Congdon……..
The movie, Stonewall, about the uprising of a minority against the local police, is an event this columnist remembers hearing about when it happened. The gays who frequented the Stonewall bar were not my crowd. I had not even heard of it before then. It was not patronized by the Sunday afternoon coffee and poetry aficionados. Having casual drinks out was always an expense that did not fit into most people’s budget. However the stigma of homosexuality was a given and this accusative stance was backed up by the pecking order of the local police in New York City. Their position is still exercised too often even now against the unemployed, the uneducated, and anyone who comes off as unstable, as strange or who lacks the right skin coloring. But everyone knew, even then, that rebelling against injustice, such as harassment by the police for being gay, was very pertinent.
All this happened decades ago in 1969. Such a revolution only now is gaining the recognition it deserves. The event was taken in its own time as just one more persecution of one class of citizens in the history of a large town. But even the sun, however familiar, on a dark cloudy day can still get in one’s eyes.