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Monday, November 23, 2009

HOW MUCH LONGER WILL WE TOLERATE SAVAGE HOMOPHOBIA IN OUR COMMUNITY?

Listen up. Today, The Daddy is feeling a post he saw at The Intersection of Madness and Reality, run by Rippa, one of the best bloggers out there. It's about the fact that many of us turn a blind eye to the discrimination and actual assaults on gay people. The article isn't asking that we embrace homosexuality, join hands, and go singing in the rain with gay people. It simply asks that we recognize that we should treat them with civility and respect like everyone else. Check it out.

* Note the photo of a make-shift memorial for Lawrence King, a gay 15 year old teenager who was murdered
at E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California. King was killed in class by a fellow student on February 12, 2009. How Much Longer Will We Tolerate
Savage Homophobia in Our Community?

By Seattle Slim

Look, let me premise this by saying that I don't agree with homosexuality. Yes, I said it. And I don't care if anyone agrees with me or not on that. It is just a sexual preference, and I think people, straight and gay, put way too much stock into who people ultimately choose to screw.

Because of that, I am patently against homophobia and the attack on this poor child, 9th grader Jayron Martin, is nothing short of savage. He was threatened with an ass kicking by some bully punks for being gay. He went to his school leadership for help and they turned their backs on him (Click here for more info).

While I may not agree with homosexuality, they are fellow human beings. I'm a Christian and I know full and damned well that we are supposed to treat others the way we want to be treated. I also know that the Bible clearly states that God loves us all, even the people we as humans don't believe are worthy of His love. Thank God it's not up to us, and it's up to Him.

I sure as hell wouldn't want to be beaten for being straight, or being in an interracial relationship with a white guy. Even though I don't agree, I don't think, nay, I know it's wrong as hell to attack people for their sexual preferences, specifically for being homosexual. That's not alright.

Just this April, Carl Joseph Walker committed suicide because kids taunted him by calling him gay. No one even knows if he was gay or not, he was just different, and that was enough to start the gay taunts. Sadly, he was not the first suicide, nor the last, due to sickening homophobia.

Young black boys have this screwed up idea of masculinity because the fathers aren't in the home, or the fathers don't give a shit. That's bad in and of itself, and harmful to them, but if you add homophobia, you've got a toxic cocktail of disdain and hatred.

We need to stop turning blind eyes to this form of sexual harassment; this homophobia. Had the Horace Mann Leadership Charter School not turned a blind eye to homophobic taunting and teasing, Carl Joseph Walker might still be alive today. Jayron could've been killed, but of course, he's gay so his life must be expendable, right?

Most authority figures in schools could give a damn less about young black boys and girls, but they apparently throw "different" kids to the wolves without batting an eye. And don't think these beast won't come after you or your kids if you so much as get on their reactionary radar. These same beasts are from the same animal species that killed Derrion Albert, taunted Carl Joseph Walker and attacked a Haitian woman and her son in the Dunbar Village rape back in 2007.

If we don't stand up for youths and adults like Jayron, whether or not we agree with their lifestyle or sexual preference, not a soul will stand up for us when these feral ass kids turn on us.

Jayron should've been protected. He should've never been attacked. His story is a litmus test for all of us and we should be paying attention. How many more black boys and girls will have to be chased, beaten or driven to suicide before we do something?

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rainywalker said...

MacDaddy,
Those that are different in society should not need protection. Society should deal with the cause of homophobia, hate, etc. But many times those in positions of authority down deep where nobody can see agree with what is going on and turn a blind eye. It end up being like an alcoholic who won't take the car keys away from a friend who is an alcoholic. Or until society is rocked by another death or 20 deaths and like ostriches with guilt say how and why did this happen in my town. Good, but sad blog.
rainy

patti t said...

The question of "how much longer will we tolerate savage homophobia..." is a good one. Many in office and others who are in positions that are meant to protect those they serve (police, school administrators, etc.)see no reason to stand up for the rights of everyone-- including gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders-- and will probably not do so until someone they care about becomes a next victim. It should not wait for that to happen.

Thanks for the post. I think a lot about these young men and women who give up or who are taken away savagely when they should have a life in front of them free of fear. Every one of us needs to feel this pain and figure out what we can do...

Reggie said...

It's a societal shame to be sure. No one deserves to be treated the way this young man was treated. The blatent hypocrisy of some of the people here, in a nation founded for the sake of rights and freedoms is downright appalling.

...we hold these truths to be self evident.....

Those words mean nothing to the Americans that look at something like this and laugh.......and unfortunately there are millions of them out there.

Some of the people in this country seriously are in need of an enema.

Villager said...

I agree 100% with this post. We have to teach more tolerance on the part of our young people ... and we have to ensure that our school officials are more quick to react when the red lights of potential trouble begin to blink brightly in their face.

Personally, I think that any discussion among our pre-teens about sex is truly a shame ... whether the talk is hetero or homo ... I would hope that any sex talk at that age gets dealt with (including contacting the parents) as quickly as possible.

truth said...

Great post,
I think this is just a reflection of our society that has gradually gotten worse as time has gone on. People in our society feel justified to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. There's a lack of empathy from people and they are completely self absorbed in this country. When you care only about yourself than it doesn't matter who you step on or hurt. You look at the music today like "Move bi**h get out the way" or TV show's like "My super sweet sixteen" and you see what this country is producing. From the Virginia tech shooting to setting a kid on fire for snitching, this is what our country has become.

Until we as individuals stop being so self absorbed and only concerned about ourselves, this madness will continue.

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SJ said...

@daddyB,
Very important post. The worst part of this kind of senseless violence is the lack of coverage it receives even today, -and the often light sentences perpetrators often get.
It may be 2009, but silence still equals death.
The measure of any society is how well it treats and protects all of its citizens. Someday I hope our disgust and "intolerance" of these crimes rises to match the brutality of the criminals who commit them.
-SJ

MacDaddy said...

Megaan: Thanks for linking me; and I'm looking forward to you coming back and commenting on this blog, when/if you feel so moved. Blessings.

S.J.: You are so right. These types of hate crime receive very little coverage. It's as if they're saying, "It's not important, because gay people are not important." Shameful.

Corey said...

Thanks for sharing this!
I think you hit the nail on the head when you spoke about civility and respect in regard to "agreeing or not". But truthfully, as a gay man, I no longer care less who agrees (or approves) or not because I don't give a s---t! I am not looking for approval and my real life is not really up to whether Joe Blow agrees with who I love and sleep with! And no matter the realizations they come to, they always have to start off with "not that I agree" which is really letting folk know "I'M NOT GAY" just so THEY won't be held SUSPECT! But your question, "how much longer will we tolerate savage homophobia....." is a relevant, pertinant one! It becomes even MORE loaded when it's asked among black GAY people - like how more are WE going to take? I'm afraid the answer is until we start BASHING BACK! I don't necessarily mean an "eye for an eye" type of revenge but I mean BASH BACK by STANDING UP, SPEAKING UP, FIGHTING BACK, GETTING A BACKBONE and COMING OUT ~ of SELF HATRED! Sadly, I don't think much is going to change until WE initiate it FOR REAL as a cohesive unit! And that - we aren't! No different from MOST black folks, there! We MAY have more allies than we realize but even they only go so far when WE can't even stand up and BE for FEAR of ______(fill in the blanks), and they only go so far when they preface everything with "I don't agree" or "I don't approve".

Okay! So,perhaps I'm becoming pessimistic!