Friday, October 15, 2010
Morehouse’s Homosexuality is not an Acceptable American Experience
Someone is sitting back thinking, ‘Not again. Muata is bringing up homosexuality…again. Why? What is he hiding from us?’ Yes, I know this is a possible thought which in many ways solidifies my opinion:
Black people would rather irresponsibly accuse to deflect the real issues pertaining to homosexuality and avoid in an effort to cover up what is pervasive within our community.
We do the same with child molestation, unhealthiness (obesity), and sexual intercourse. We remain silent on these issues – but are glad to discuss The Real Housewives of Atlanta and the BET Hip Hop Awards Show. So ridiculously backwards and out of touch with what’s critical!
These discussions are paramount. They are needed without senseless emotion, Christian zealously and without taking sides. However, taking sides can spark new thoughts. Form new ideas and new opinions. Therefore, here is my taking a side position on the flamboyance of Morehouse’s most recent news making homosexuality saga.
The homosexual community has for years tried to no avail force their lifestyle onto/into a heterosexual nation. They have relentlessly attempted to be understood and accepted. Not that I like comparing the two – but the Black Experience in the United States is somewhat similar in that blacks simply want/wanted to be accepted.
The United States is a male dominated culture that has not been kind to females let alone gay men and women. Especially, gay men. With this understanding, not that I expect you to agree, I do not think it is logical for homosexuals to expect the concept of America to accept them and the life that they led. I also believe it is flawed thinking for gay men/women to expect systems/institutions e.g. an all male black school that has been in existence for years to accommodate an distracting outlandish lifestyle (cross dressing) and that without question is not accepted by the society at-large. Yes, certain areas such as Midtown Atlanta, Dupont Circle in DC, urban San Francisco, and The Village in New York are more diverse in thinking. But, we have to admit that these liberal pockets of major cities are unique and definitely progressive. The majority of the American landscape is neither. This is a conservative nation with so called conservative values.
So, why is there an expectation for Morehouse officials to extend patience and acceptance to men who dress like females? Morehouse is a historically black college for MEN, not men who want to be female or dress and carry-on like females.
This is my position. One that will probably get me tagged as a homophobe. Interesting…but nothing new. Not new and far from the truth. My actions have proven that I am not a hater of gays. I am the opposite. What actions?
When closed minded black men and women ridiculed me for befriending and maintaining a friendship with a big lip, big nose, and big head gay man I was steadfast in my heterosexual love for him as my friend and mentor. It did not matter that he was a homosexual preacher. What mattered to him was that he never wore a badge on his forehead declaring and demanding acceptance. He was comfortable with who he was within the confines of the American Experience.