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||Gay life and The African American Culture War
I have so many issues with the way the LGBT community is treated by African Americans. To make my life easier, let’s just call this a black folk issue.
Here goes my diatribe – it will be long and I sure to get lots of pushback. But do I care? Not a whit! Black folks seem to forget not long ago, there were places we could not go, doors we could not enter, experiences that were above our pay grade and neighborhoods we dare not encroach upon.
Enter the 1960’s, civil rights, desegregation and the flight of black folks everywhere to escape the ghettos of the inner cities.
That flight, that escape has created a group of entitled, selfish, self-centered and judgmental black folks, the likes of which could not have been imagined just 40 years ago.
They “claim” that disliking homosexuals and their lifestyle is about the Bible, but Jesus preached love. What Bible are you reading – the Republican bible of hate?
They “claim” this is a choice. As if any self-respecting HUMAN would be born black, let alone black and gay.
So, what’s up with all the hate people? I really want to know.
What I can tell you for sure is God is not giving out bonuses based on hate. YOU say I won’t go to heaven because I don’t go to your church, am not saved, don’t adhere to your fake moral principles? I say bullshit. Who are you to speak FOR God?
There is a REASON there is an old testament and a new testament. If we had the GOD (praise God and I wish we did) who ruled in the Old Testament NONE of us would be here. NONE, because none of us would be worthy of being here. The church is full of former sinners – you best remember that before you judge another.
In the NEW Testaments, Jesus preached love, just love. READ it sometimes!
There is another deadly side to this façade of hate and judgment our culture has woven. That is the insidious aiding and abetting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Women of color over 40 now are one of the largest groups getting infected. Their source – husbands. As more women marry later in life, these women are marrying men who are or have been creeping on the down low. Add this factor to the shame and judgment of black churches (hello – they are meeting these men IN CHURCH) and you add another level to how shameful an epidemic this is.
There are men who cannot admit to themselves they are sleeping with other men. How the hell would they tell their potential wife? They won’t. As a result, more innocent women are impacted and infected due to a lifestyle many black men feel they must hide.
WAKE up – pay attention and stop the judgment and hate.
Michelle D. Smith
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