Since I’ve been here at Back2Stonewall I’ve discussed the more infrastructural issues like race that continue to stagnate the process of meeting challenges within the LGBT community. I’ve admitted once before and I’ll say again that despite our progress and understanding in regards to race, we still have a ways to go. Yes racism and homophobia exists within ALL communities. We have to talk about it or it won’t change.
And then I stumbled upon this. An article about writer Colin Flaherty and his new written series White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it. You can already tell from the title that Flaherty wanted to be controversial, Was it to incite thought? No, because he seems to egocentric and pretentious to exude a possible point. Flaherty asserts that there’s an epidemic of “black mobs” causing destruction and violence within the gay community as well as the Jewish and Asian Communities. Flaherty continues saying that this goes unnoticed within the community/media and that overall, the media and community is turning a blind eye to it:
“Black antipathy toward gay people featured in the work of the most popular black hip hop performers.”
“after my article appeared, a lot of people pointed out that many of the gay victims of black mob violence are black.”
And even more jarring statements, where he even admits that such gregarious conclusions in which the majority of these “black mobs” are attacking other African Americans who are gay, he then says he doesn’t provide justifications of his opinion:
“I don’t do the ‘because.’ That would require mind reading. Or it would require the predators to issue a press release or carry signs that say they hate gay people, But isn’t it strange that for all the hundreds of universities that have professors and students of black history and gay studies, that almost none of them write about it? Ten years ago, they could have gotten away with saying ‘this is not true.’ But today, with YouTube and Google, the truth is easy to find; the dots are easy to connect. What is not easy is finding people with the courage to do it.”
I’m not questioning whether these incidents happened but I am questioning what these incidents mean. Quite honestly, not much angers me or frustrates me more than willful ignorance and this “book” is the epitome of that. I’m disgusted that this man is a so-called winning journalist when he just reeks of douchebag and makes such UNFOUNDED and INCORRECT information. Flaherty fails at this intent to incite such outrage from thee public because he says he’s reporting of crimes against LGBT while damning the entire African American community and to me, comes off as a racist.
As a multiracial gay man I know we have so much to do and discuss. We have so many more milestones to reach and challenges to face within the community. But this counterproductive, insulting, and vilifying has to stop and be called out. Communication is needed to foster change and siting differences we observe that prevent that. But all Flaherty seems to do is stereotype an entire group with murky scenarios of mobs, clearly missing his own prejudices.
This Us vs Them mentality does more damages to our fight for equality than those that oppose us. To make such irresponsible claims that stereotypes and stigmatizes a community that witnesses and experiences the same type of disparity is a disgrace. Flaherty even admitted when confronted about the unstable justification he provides. Look, I will always welcome debate no matter how differing we are in opinion to each other. But not this. This kind of generalizations is absolute bullshit.