Skip to comments.Gay Isnít The New Black
Posted on 01/31/2013 10:11:00 AM PST by nickcarraway
I remember watching a gay rights activist on a television interview discussing the importance of natural alliances in the struggle for equality. He stated that African-Americans were a natural ally for gay people as a result of the similarities in our shared experiences. I also remember thinking to myself, Good luck with that one.
While Blacks and homosexuals have clearly endured similar injustices and encountered innumerable expressions of hatred and disregard, there is a human tendency, in my opinion, to place ones own plight and the plight of ones own people above that of any other group, particularly when the plight has been particularly horrible.
Of course, things get complicated when speaking of people who belong to more than one historically oppressed group (i.e. Black women, gay Blacks, Sammy Davis, Jr., and so forth); however, even under those circumstances one group tends to insist that the individual choose a side, as it were. And what about those sides? Why must we assume that gay people arent racist? There are non-black gay people who could careless or want to be bothered by the same struggles their black counterparts go through.
In an article for the New York Daily News entitled Gay Really is the New Black, John McWhorter discusses homophobia in the Black community in particular and outlines how Blacks can and should participate in the struggle for gay rights.
He states, One way we will know black America has fulfilled its responsibility in keeping the struggle alive for others is when (celebrity) figures can own up to themselves in public and their fellow black Americans are okay with it.
He was speaking, specifically, of three unnamed, supposedly closeted Black celebrities, insisting that Wanda Sykes, Don Lemon, and Frank Ocean are simply not famous enough for their comings out to be impactful.
While I do agree that Black people should be empathetic to our gay brethren and should participate in the struggle, I believe that Mr. McWhorter makes a pretty weak argument. As much as I wish that Mr. Mother Dear and the chubby cover girl would proclaim their obvious sexual preferences from the mountaintops, we need to stop looking to celebrities for cues about what is right and wrong. Black people need to think critically and be reasonable about the topic.
We need to recognize that, although we built this country, we are still treated as unwelcome guests and that feels pretty awful. Well, guess what: gay people get treated the same way, and it feels pretty shitty to them, too. We need to stop hollering about sin and other nonsense. If youre a believer, that will all work itself out, and judge not yada yada yada.
So, what do you think? Do we as Black people have a responsibility to participate in the struggle for gay rights, or are the differences in our histories too great to put that expectation upon us?
I’ve said for years that if I were black these analogies comparing the plight of homosexuals to the early plight of blacks would be an insult.
If youre a believer, that will all work itself out, and judge not yada yada yada.
I don’t think he understands the concept of loving the sinner and hating the sin, not to mention simply saying what is a sin and what isn’t, without referring to a particular person.
:: We need to recognize that, although we built this country ::
It is if you don’t wipe /sarc
The Congo river was choked with the bodies of blacks that were killed during the slave trade. Millions of blacks were forcibly separated from their families.
I don’t think there are any comparisons.
Homosexuality can be hidden or changed. Race is forever.
Keeping the down low down low.
As I have listened, today, to the beat-down that one of the SF 49ers is taking for some remarks he made about “gay” men; I have come to the conclusion that Gay now trumps Black. I never thought that would happen; but, I believe we have now made “gays” the ultimate victim group; at least for now.
Just a reminder:
Most pedophiles of boys are male homosexuals.
Homosexuals (male) want to be Boy Scout leaders.
Homosexuals(male) put their penis where it was not designed to go or use their anus for what it was not designed to do.
When you compare white on black injustice to hetero on homo injustice, the similarities are very few. If I were black and a homo told me they knew exactly what my family and I had gone through, I’d be pissed.
The only way one can "think". If you say it aloud, it's called "talking".
(Just a pet peeve)
I like to use cigaretts smoking to illustrate this concept. I can use my JUDGEMENT to say that cigarette smoking is bad. It doesn't 'work for' anyone. That doesn't mean I have JUDGED a smoker to be a bad person.
I dunno, where are the No Gay water fountains? The No Gay restaurants and hotels? The No Fags schools and institutions? And do the fags have to sit at the back of the bus?