Blacks, Gays, and the Normalization of Black Marginalization. : ThyBlackMan

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Blacks, Gays, and the Normalization of Black Marginalization.

May 22, 2012 by  
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( I don’t think it is so much of the ‘normalization’ of homosexuality that bothers me, it is the normalized marginalization of the ‘Black condition’ that bothers me. The reason this is so is because in the American social landscape there is NO single issue greater than the issue of Black inequality and disparity that still exists today across virtually every social dimension. So whether you are pro or against so-called gay rights, the fact is that in my opinion, and within the context of American history, the travesty that is the tolerance of the modern Black condition is abhorrent and a much more pressing issue. 

Therefore when I, and many other Blacks see the president, who happens to be Black, and who happens to have received 95% or so of the Black vote under the premise of change:

A) Patently ignoring the critical and pervasive issues going on in the Black community, in particular Black mass incarceration.


B) Spending so much political capital, and taking such firm political and policy stances on GLBT issues.


When many Blacks see the historical civil rights struggle to escape the barbaric tentacles of white supremacy countermanded and re-purposed, for a much less ‘critical’ so called right many of us get upset. Our struggles included the destruction of a whole culture and civilization, the rape of Black women and men, the legalized denial of education, the forced servitude for 300 some odd years, and the concurrent Jim Crow and segregation after that. All of which led to the pathologies and non-corrected broken Black economic ecosystem that extended from said oppression and extends into current perception. Well yeah, some of us do understandably get pretty damn upset. 

So even if we approach it from purely a political standpoint, as a Black voting bloc who vote with expectation of political return on investment, which we have not gotten from this president in particular, and his Democratic predecessors in general, many of us are rightly upset, whether we support so-called gay rights or not. 

Last time I checked:

1. Gays didn’t represent half of the incarcerated population of the largest western prison system in the world.
2. Have per capita one of the lowest income rates, highest poverty rates, lowest educational rates in the nation. 
3. Have one of the highest infant mortality rates, and general mortality and poor health care rates in the nation.
4. Have fractured urban core social structures. 
5. I could go on but you get the point

Just tossing that out there next time folks tell Blacks to “Just get over it” when it comes to the fashionable new minority and the political capital spent on their behalf, while we languish in large numbers in urban core economic, educational and health related slums.

Staff Writer; DG



6 Responses to “Blacks, Gays, and the Normalization of Black Marginalization.”
  1. Hazelle says:

    I see that Gay Californians and Gay people are still blaming black people for Prop 8. What a surprise. Gay racists…. smh

  2. Scotty says:

    The Drug War solution has been offered to Obama, he flat out rejected it knowing full well it is the reason for the re-enslavement of Black people. He also knows it is the cause of death for so many in South America but when SA leaders asked to end the drug war, he gave them a billion dollar bribe in funding. I did not hear any Republicans in the House object to that spending.

  3. Scotty says:

    Tom Lane misses the point of the article, I suspect he may be gay, or white, or both. Listing “our” problems and weighting them against other issues helps us prioritize the spending of political capital. Is it more important to me as a black man to spend my capital on the re-enslavement of African people or so two homosexuals can get the same benefits as heterosexual married couples. I would add that hetero-sexual non-married but co-habitating do not have those same rights.

  4. hoodgirl says:

    Great Article. Simply put, Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

  5. James Davis says:

    Mr. Lane in your zeal to support gay rights, you missed point of the author.

    To the author:
    If you have nothing to sell even though you are 95% invested, how is it possible for those who are interested in buying make a purchase. While we have admittedly the social ills you suggested, our leadership has not offered packaged solutions. Gays had a package. Mr. Obama examined and brought into it. Where are our packaged solutions to long term black unemployment or the other ills of which you speak? Our solutions usually contain more federal spending, like jobs programs, which Republicans reject. Our leadership in the body of civil rights organizations and black legislators appear stuck in the 1960’s and 1970’s era when it comes to offering innovative solutions packages which a buyer like Mr. Obama might have an interest. Until we changed or radically re-educate our sales force, our problems will receive little attention even with an African-American at the hem.

  6. Tom Lane says:

    Listing our problems ain’t much help. Equal is equal, gay civil rights are civil rights…something the majority of Calif. blacks fails to understand. As does the author of this.

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