Monthly Archives: May 2011
“The tragedy for young black males is that they are so easily dunned by a vision of manhood that can only lead to their destruction.” – bell hooks
White Supremacy = The twister.
Black Men = Jo and Bill.
Patriarchy = The barn full of sharp metal objects.
Patriarchy is often portrayed as a refuge for black men living in a White Supremacist society, but in reality it only exacerbates the destruction of black men.
Depending on my environment,
I may have to deal more with homophobia than racism,
or vice versa, but my fight is always for all people.
Even in the midst of white supremacy,
I am going to critique patriarchy.
Even in the midst of homophobia,
I am going to critique classism.
The environment producing a particular form of bigotry may change, but my effort is the same.
I work to end all systems of domination.
A tiger isn’t less of a cat because it’s not a lion.
It’s the same way with being a man.
We can be diverse men.
No need for hierarchy.
The tiger, leopard, panther, cheetah, and lion are all cats.
They just put their own spin on being a cat.
Put your own spin on being a man.
Nature is full of diversity.
Hundreds of different trees.
Hundreds of different plants.
Yet we want all men to be the same?
Even if most men are oaks,
Why can’t I be a redwood?
Even if most men are jaguars,
Why can’t I be a lynx?
Embrace the diversity of male being.
I’m sick of gay men harassing trans people. It’s not for us to tell trans person’s what their sexual orientation is.
So many hateful and ignorant people hide behind “it’s just an opinion.” It’s not just an opinion. It’s someone’s life at stake! Transphobia is not cool. Not from gay men with trans friends. Not from trans people. Not from anyone!
It’s funny how a person claims to not be transphobic BUT they “just” know that when trans women have sex with straight men it’s “gay.” Saying “I have a trans friend,” “My best friend is trans and they don’t care,” “I’m just giving my opinion” does not justify transphobia.
Anyone else see how fast some straight black men choose ‘straight brotherhood’ with white men over ‘black brotherhood’ with gay black men?
Maybe its just me, but I notice it all the time and thats why I have no illusions about black unity. Straight white men have a better shot.
For many straight black men they would rather align with straight white men than to embrace their black gay brothers. Happens all the time.
It’s not unusual to see a white guy accepted into the group of black men, but you’ll be hard pressed to find an openly gay black man.
I am black,
but I do not speak for all blacks.
I am gay,
but I do not speak for all gays.
I am an atheist
but I do not speak for all atheists.
I am a feminist,
but I do not speak for all feminists.
Does the murder of a foreigner, even an “evil” one, make you feel pride in America?
Does the murder of a foreigner, even an “evil one,” make you feel gratitude for America?
Does the murder of a foreigner, even an “evil one,” allow you to bond emotionally with others?
I am more than the lowered expectations patriarchy sets for me.
I am more than the lowered expectations homophobia sets for me.
I am more than the lowered expectations religious fundamentalism sets for me.