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February 25, 2013

Stonewall? Explaining Obama’s Historic Gay Rights Reference

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President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women’s-rights convention. But Obama’s reference was very likely lost on many in the generations that have come of age long after gay men resisted police harassment at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City. Their five days of riots in the summer of 1969 kindled the nation’s gay-rights movement, which Obama placed in the heart of the nation’s civil rights struggles in Monday’s speech.

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Martin Duberman

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0.171894 “Stonewall was probably the most popular gay male bar in New York in the late ’60s,” Duberman said. …
0.171894 “Stonewall was probably the most popular gay male bar in New York in the late ’60s,” Duberman said. “It was one of the few, or maybe the only place where you could dance.”
0 “They were using any excuse,” Duberman said. …
-0.16263 “They were using any excuse,” Duberman said. “For example, you had to be wearing at least four pieces of ‘gender-appropriate’ garb.”
0.247255 “Even those of us who became active immediately after Stonewall never dreamed that even 40 years later there would have been enough progress to be noteworthy,” Duberman said. …
0.219531 “Even those of us who became active immediately after Stonewall never dreamed that even 40 years later there would have been enough progress to be noteworthy,” Duberman said. “We would never have dreamed that a president would mention Stonewall in the same breath as Selma.”
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  • Number of Quotes: 6
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.647944
  • Mean: 0.10799066666667
  • Standard Deviation: 1.7320508075689
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President Obama

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Sentiment Quote
0.199553 “I was very startled; I was pleased,” he said …
0.431422 “I liked the mix of people,” he said. …
0.184378 “I liked the mix of people,” he said. “It was not filled, as some accounts have it, with drag queens and street hustlers — it was a nice mix of young and middle-aged, prosperous and not prosperous.”
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 3
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.815353
  • Mean: 0.27178433333333
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731

Stonewall

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Relevance: 0.720909

M. John Berry

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Relevance: 0.266176

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  • The Mean is meant to be an indicator of an individual’s average comment sentiment.
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Additional Info:

Organization: City University of New York

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Relevance: 0.353771

Facility: Stonewall Inn

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Facility: Stonewall Inn building

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City: New York City

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Relevance: 0.813734

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City: Selma

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City: Greenwich Village

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GeographicFeature: Seneca Falls

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Relevance: 0.433336

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Overall Sentiment: 0

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Stonewall? Explaining Obama’s Historic Gay Rights Reference

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President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women’s rights convention.

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Source URL: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/22/169984209/stonewall-explaining-obamas-historic-gay-rights-reference?ft=1&f=1014

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