“Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL. They don’t come out, because your priest says, your pastor says, mama says, your next-door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says [that homosexuality is wrong]. And they are killing African American women. They are killing our women. So I wanted to blow the lid off more on homophobia in my community.”While I'm a fan of his work, I disagree with Lee.
I don't believe that it's rampant in our community. However, I think it's rampant in the South and in places where conservative views are on 10. I feel that Lee's assessment mirrors what was going on a decade ago, but now, I believe our community is coming around.
I also think that Empire won't blow lid off homophobia, but it may start the conversation.