Faggot Crackers Still Racist, Say Negro Nancies

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There’s not enough space in the world to properly discuss this article. In it, five gay black men discuss the reality of racism in gay communities and the controversial – and oft-referenced – parallels between the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement. Rather than getting into the enormous debates and emotional issues here, we’d like to feature three quotes. The first comes from Noah’s Arc creator Patrik-Ian Polk:

The truth of the matter is white gay people don’t really care about racist and racial issues. They really don’t. There’s just as much racism within the gay community as anywhere else. You would think gay people would be less racist, but they’re just as much.

It’s true. Simply being gay doesn’t give someone a radically reprogrammed world view. There’s no vaccine against racism. Well, except for knowledge…

Another beautiful quote comes from former BET producer and current Pastor Kevin E. Taylor. Referring to the Tim Hardaway stink, he says:

What I appreciated about the NBA is they said hatred is not acceptable as it relates to our code of honor… I don’t like the word homophobia. We’ve got to use the word ‘hatred.’ Because you can’t tell a grown man that he’s scared of a grown man. … But when black folk in Christianity hear the word ‘hatred,’ they are put in check. Homophobia is just another excusable construct.

Very good point. Homophobia is but a specific form of hatred. Using a more universal word certainly has more cultural resonance. But, of course, there’s always “gaycist”.

And, finally, a little word from homo-hopper Tori Fixx. Though speaking about race relations, we think his words can help everyone, regardless of color:

If we can pay attention just a little bit to each other’s struggles or stories, I think that will start to bring about change. Once we allow ourselves to care about others just enough… Maybe we can find a way to get out of this together.

Well said, although we have to admit “get out of this together” borders on histrionic. We’re not trapped in a burning building honey. We’re just gathering dust in a stagnant society. Oh, wait, that’s far worse. At least with a burning building you can look forward to fire fighters. This shit – too few heroes and too many stubborn flamers.