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Material and excerpts on the topic of racism in the gay community.

From: Michael K.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:06 PM
MICHAEL H. KING, M.D.
101 2nd Street, #313
Petaluma, CA 94952
[address removed]
(707)[masked]

RACISM IN THE GAY COMMUNITY
I was very recently assaulted by a racist, redneck employee in my apartment building—based on racial insults and physical violence, which was suppressed by the upper management that is entirely white, intentionally excludes blacks, and has violated 16 federal, state, and civil laws (proven and with witnesses) and 4 other gross illegal policies including tax evasion... As I am still recovering from the racist assault and in the middle of promoting a series of books on the subject of social oppression, I don’t feel physically able to attend the group tonight.
 
MY RECENTLY RELEASED BOOK “HIDE AND PLAY DEAD” ADDRESSES “SOCIAL OPPRESSION” WITH A PRIMARY SUB-THEME OF RACISM—WITH HUNDREDS OF EXAMPLES OF VIOLENT AND BLATANT RACISM OVER THE COURSE OF MY NEARLY 60-YEAR LIFETIME.
 
Book website: www.michaelhollowayking.com
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A FEW COMMENTS WITH REFERENCE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY AND RACISM:
·      The context of a majority of gays in SF coming from the South and the mid-West... “You can take the [racist] out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the racist.” My typical experience in a New Orleans gay bar and also in SF: “You’re the first [black] I’ve ever talked to/met/was intelligent, etc.”
·      My experience in the 1980’s (Boston) and afterwards (SF) in the “bar scenes”... Completely ignored and never spoken to, approach and the white man walks away... clearly hateful stares... mockery [Walnut Creek], such that I was not welcome in any bar setting except the one catering to blacks.
·      GAY AA: Concord: Referred to as an “It”... “It belongs to you?” Clarified by others: “Unless you’re white, they’ll treat you like dirt.” Berkeley: Only a clique of whites is allowed to speak, choosing their white peers in succession. When I complained that “newcomers” and others had a great need to be heard and included, I was attacked and violently pushed off the curb.
·      The stereotype phenomenon: The few gay men who do seek a black [sexual] partner only want and expect an uneducated, ghetto-raised, and unsophisticated stereotype... a “macho” top. My dates on two occasions where I was treated with absolute scorn and rejected simply because I did not fit the desired stereotype— due to my education and intelligence, socioeconomic and professional status, mixed-race and lighter complexion. [The Englishman at the bar in Berkeley who only wanted the most “African” complexion and ignored me.]

·      Using the ‘race card’insult...The most common way to diminish one’s experience and trauma from racism and to silence or dismiss black input or voices.

·      The persisting caste system based on shades of color, originating from field and house slaves... as discussed and revealed by narrative illustration in the book...
 
Some relevant, but very brief excerpts from the book on this specific topic are attached.
 
Michael King, MD

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