There's been a couple of poorly written and divisive articles written about the rampant racism that exists in the white gay community and the homophobia that exists in the black community, much of which does absolutely nothing in my opinion to bridge the divide, instead it further separates two groups of wounded and oppressed people who seem to be battling it out for a gold medal in the oppression olympics.
"It doesn't matter who was oppressed first or oppressed the longest, what matters is no group of people are ever oppressed".
So what is it going to take for black LGBT's to:
1) Stop waiting for white organizations to "reach out" to us to do the work that we're more than capable of doing
2) Come out and start challenging the homophobia within our own community
3)Stop wearing the terms closeted, discreet, private, and down-low as a badge of honor
4) Stop succumbing to the pressure to choose one part of our identity over the other as if our race and sexuality doesn't make us who we are
5) Stop pretending as if the gains and setbacks of the LGBT civil rights movement will only affect the lives of white gay & lesbian Americans as reason not to get involved.
Now I know none of the above applies to you, but this is a real problem, and not a single commentary written by any of the perhaps well meaning individuals (who managed to get their 5 minutes in the spotlight) proposed any solutions. And I'm personally sick of people rising to the occasion to fan the flames of racism and homophobia. So what say you?
Don't hold back. Discuss.