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Rainbows Only Come in Black and White

In Race and Sexuality, The Diasporist on August 17, 2009 at 7:15 am

The Rainbow in Black and WhiteThere’s an ugly truth floating around in the gay world: the gay experience in America is marked by a pervasive racial division, and though the lines aren’t impermeable, their existence is something we must continually confront and challenge.  Just like the flag we use to symbolize our pride and liberation, our community is marked not by smooth intermingling of different racial groups as much as it is by sharp dividing lines, especially between races.

I don’t mean to paint a picture of the gay community as hopelessly racially balkanized; indeed were you to step into a gay bar or go to a gay community event you would likely see plenty of people of all colors, shapes, and sizes mingling and interacting.  But, underneath the surface, obscured by a cloak of uncomfortable silence lie these divisions, and it is time we began to explore them openly.

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Welcome to the Diasporist

In The Diasporist on August 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

If you’re one of the 5% of the world that can get over the fact that I’m a black gay Republican, a simple and innocent question has probably popped into your mind; how does someone with my profile think about politics?  I will begin to answer that question here by briefly exploring each of my identities and how they intersect.  I cannot even begin to really explore such a complex subject in such a small space, and I hope to explore this area further in the future.

Let me state the obvious; I see neither law, politics, nor culture like most other black people; nor do I see it as most other gay people.  I’m sure it won’t be surprising to hear that I certainly don’t see those things as most Republicans do.  Instead, these three parts of my identity come together to form a worldview that I liken to a multicultural individualism.  I see society simply as a space where individuals reside; where people’s lives, likes and dislikes, and property are their own, not to be interfered with, judged, or challenged by any outside power.

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