Friday, April 29, 2011

Interesting Quote: David Michael Conner


Not long ago, The Advocate declared on its cover, "Gay is the New Black?" In some ways yes, and in some ways no. America’s history with African Americans is pretty black and white—pun inevitable. Institutionalized slavery is an undeniable part of American history. Hurricane Katrina and the U.S. prison system are modern indicators that African Americans absolutely are treated as second-class citizens in an institutionalized, mechanistic way that is at once impossible to disprove and at the same time virtually invisible and generally tolerated. Yes, I’m calling you out, Birthers.


On the other hand, many laws still exist that allow for or even encourage discrimination against gay people. And by “gay people,” I am simply abbreviating the full spectrum—transgender, bisexual, homosexual women and men, and anything other than the normalized man-woman partnership. If we’re going to compare and contrast gay vs. black, it’s really rainbow versus black and white. We’re still in a time of general ignorance about who LGBT people are. It’s really simple: we’re just people. But other people don’t seem to get it. All but the most bigoted among us really do understand that black people are normal human beings. No white person in 2011 would ever think to whisper to an African American person that he or she is more likable or considerate than another in the office because he or she is less obviously black.
David discuss an age old issue of gay men acting like black women. Please read this piece.

3 comments:

luciferosirisarnold said...

In high school I had to be thrice as good and not twice. Comparing Black folk to to the word gay is stupid. Can a leopard change his spots?? There is a big difference. Gay is the new black is racist. Until I see gays in America forced to sit here and there, i'm not buying it.

Prince Toddy English said...

He is one of my favorite advocate writers. He just gives it to you real!

SteveA said...

I don't like the analogy - they are both sore points but they were born of different frustrations initially - although in the end they were both fighting for the same thing - civil rights!