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.
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.
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.
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.]
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
Some relevant, but very brief excerpts from the book on this specific
topic are attached.