It’s my personal experience that 85% of all gay men, regardless of race, won’t date black men. A recent survey in AIDS and Behavior found “blacks are deemed the least preferred as sexual partners by men of other ethnicities.”
Nearly every gay man in My Racist Gay World who has prejudged All Black Men to be unlovable will tell you: “I’m not a racist, it’s nothing personal, just a preference.”
The racist never admits to being racist.
That preference has roots. That preference was not born out of thin air. That preference is a not-so-distant evolutionary cousin of the same kind of hateful, racist venom being hurled at America’s first black president, as seen in the negative depictions of President Obama at Tea Party protests.
“Look at today’s wedding photos. How many wedding parties are integrated?”
A few decades ago, images of black men and women as savages were the stuff of ad campaigns for everyday products, as well as an entire genre of mainstream entertainment. A poster like Obama Care could have easily been an ad for a fresh pot of a new brand of coffee. The way Americans get their morning started right!
The Tea Partiers and extreme Right, revivers of a true American art form–revolting images of niggers–are a group that was once the majority in America. It stands to reason, these were the great grandparents of the current WHITES AND LATINS ONLY gay generation, more or less.
There was a time in America’s 234 year history where 100% of the population hated niggers, more or less, so to speak. As recently as 60 years ago, 50% of the population hated niggers, more or less (and that’s being quite generous, isn’t it, Mr. Jackie Robinson?)
It stands to reason, not all of white America has overcome all of its hatred and fear of black people. Perhaps it’s not expressed as it was in the past, but look at today’s wedding photos. How many wedding parties are integrated?
“Pink and Blue weren’t the only colors given meaning to our world before we were born.”
Look at people’s Facebook pages. How many white people have only white friends, more or less? If you judge America by people’s personal photos on the Internet, black and white are not so integrated in modern America life.
It stands to reason then, not all of white gay America has overcome all of its hatred of niggers, either. What’s shocking, perhaps, is the blatant, unchecked, unchallenged expression of that hatred turned preference on the gay Internet.
It’s akin to a digital Gay Tea Party revolt. The roar is loud and angry, the message explicit, the words blunt, harsh and capitalized. All over the net, countless gay men of all races are shouting to the world: WHITES AND LATINS ONLY! NO BLACKS! NO ASIANS!
“But I’m not a racist,” ten out of ten of them will say about their “preference.” My best friend is black. I know what I like. I voted for Barack Obama. It’s nothing personal, just a preference.
That “preference” has roots. The idea of excluding a whole “race” of people from your dreams was not born out of thin air. Pink and Blue weren’t the only colors given meaning to our world before we were born, after we were born, as we were raised, as we all absorbed the world around us.
The challenge then, for all modern Americans–regardless of race, politics or sexual identity–becomes one of, shall we remain chained to our roots, or shall we overcome a past that shackles us and keeps us apart from one another?