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sleepystudent Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-04 08:27 PM
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26. just my rambling opinion...
Sorry, long time lurker on here...almost never feel inclined to post anything. But, I am black and gay too( wasn't raised in the black church though) and strangely enough, don't agree with this original post-or at least not completely. It just seems that everyone that compares this new struggle with the black civil rights struggle talks about the fight for black civil rights in the past tense-as if they got their rights and now it is our turn. The black civil rights struggle is far from over and it seeme like people will now simply turn their attention to the gay rights struggle because it seems "easier" to solve or gay people seem "easier" to deal with, perhaps because the face of the gay community put forth in the media is that of the white male, middle to upper middle class, educated, non-threatening, with great taste. Other types of gays are not seen. And I think this is conscious. In my opinion this is one reason that the Matthew Shepard murder, while horrible, got way more attention than the murder of someone like Sakia Gunn, even in the gay community- he was a more photogenic, relatable face for the media.

And let's not even go into the racism in the gay community itself-if you are going to blanket condemn the black community for homophobia, you need to call the gay community out on their racism.

Sometimes I worry that so many groups latch on to the iconography of the civil rights movement because it retains a residual power for so many people-but they do not latch onto the movement itself-I don't see many gay people condemning police brutality, etc. And there is a tension between black people and white gays in many places and it goes beyond issues of morality. There are issues of gentrification in some neighborhoods, for one example. I don't think you can just sweep it all under the rug and demand that all oppressed groups hold hands. And as it stands now, in the black community for many, conditions are getting worse and are moving backwards in many cases. Black people are seen as a "problem" people and people are just throwing up their hands-there seems to be a pessimism compounded by the fact that this struggle has been going on for a century and we expected more at this point. The gay rights struggle is less than a century old and looks like it will be getting results very quickly(I think gay marriage will be legal within 5-10 years) and many gays also benefit from white privilege which gives them a leg up. And I'm sorry, is the right to marry really that much more important than the right to be free from police brutality or the decimation of an entire generation due to imprisonment? Some of these issues just don't register with many black people and I can understand the resentment that creates.
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