Recently, an article was published via Guardian, examining the whole “No Blacks, No Asians” issue among gay men. It was the latest in a semi-wave of articles being written over the last couple of years, largely by white, gay men, examining the issue. The article, for the most part, wasn’t terrible (not at all groundbreaking, to anyone who’s been paying attention, though). It was a 101 intro to racism in the gay community…but for me, that’s part of the issue…but of course, I’ve been wanting us all to get out of the kiddie pool of social justice for a while. Additionally, looking on Twitter, the author’s responses to the fair and legit criticisms from POC have been telling, if not typical. There’s this expectation from white people that, just the most basic acts of “allyship” puts one above reproach. I’ve discussed my issues with “allyship” in pieces throughout this site, so no need to dive into it, here, but this just all feels very familiar…and old. [Read more…]
…yes, white liberals, y’all are just as much at fault as conservatives. If not more so.
Note: After years of subjecting myself to interactions (and inevitably, micro-aggressions and flat-out bigotry) with y’all, I generally aim to not center my writing around white people by actually talking to y’all. This post will be a rare exception.
So, the election has come and (finally) gone, and ‘Murica has decided on our new President-Elect: Donald Trump…still haven’t been able to fully process that fact—I’m actually convinced the universe is just making fun of us, at this point—but here we are. There are a lot of things that can be said about this election, but y’all know why I’m here…main thing to say right now is: white people, this is 100% your fault.
First, let’s acknowledge the fact that Trump swept white voters in every, single category. No matter how you break down demographics, Trump swept virtually every, single facet of whiteness. [Read more…]
Also, Pro-Black is STILL anti-white.
Like just about any other self-loving, socially aware Black person on the planet, I’ve been getting my life from Solange’s epic, Blackity-Black album, A Seat At the Table, since it came out a few weeks ago. It wonderfully outlines so many different parts of a Black experience in ‘Murica. Not to mention, it gave me newfound respect for Master P. However, there was one track that I found to be a bit of a hiccup: “Tina Taught Me (Interlude).”
For the most part, it’s cool. You have Tina outlining how she’s always recognized the greatness, beauty and magic of being Black. It also speaks well of the self-affirming mindset she instilled in her two daughters. However, for me, she goes left with a couple of statements. First: [Read more…]
Ever since the news of the altercation between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe broke, I made it a point to just sit and wait to hear all sides of the story before commenting…something that many, many others…haven’t quite been doing. Most people have seemingly been jumping to take Russell’s version of events as gospel. And thing is, that’s an extremely easy to do…probably the easiest thing to do. We’re certainly not gonna deny that Azealia Banks has a history of showing her ass and exhibiting trash behavior…she’s easy to dislike and cast aside, as many, many folks have done (which is absolutely fair).
However, Azealia Banks’ history doesn’t mean we can’t look at this situation more critically (and examine the social implications around it). [Read more…]
Can I fast-forward to the point where I’m fully surrounded by people who find my heightened interested in activism and justice to be an asset instead of a hindrance? Does that point even exist?
I long for the day that I’m immersed in a circle that finds my heightened interest in activism & justice to be an asset & not a hindrance
— WhiteGayze™ Slayer (@angryblackhoemo) October 27, 2016
I’ve touched on this before, but as someone who might jokingly be called “newly woke,” I’m finding myself in a place where I’m owning how much I value social justice and activism in a way that I hadn’t, previously. Truth of the matter is, I’ve felt strongly about social justice and liberation for myself as Black, Queer person, even before I knew what the term “social justice” was. But just after the last year or so, I’m finding myself more fully invested in advocating for justice in more substantial and far-reaching ways.
I didn’t grow up immersed in the intersection of Blackness and Queerness…nor did I grow up in social awareness and activism. They’re all things that I had to go out and find and/or stumble upon on my own. And moving to Chicago played a big factor in that, as did finding my way back to spaces in social media like Twitter. I feel like I’ve grown a great deal in a very short time (I would NOT have been cool with calling myself “Angry” just a year ago…even in jest). It’s given me a much greater sense of clarity in how I view the world, but it’s also come at a price. [Read more…]