you know these young people relaxing in the park. Picture how their
goals, ideas and visions are entwined – how reliant they are
on one another. Imagine one or two of them are Same Gender Loving.
Black on Black bigotry against just two of these youths (discrimination
in hiring, ostracization by college dorm administrators, neighborhood
humiliation, taunting and other forms of malice) can unravel all
of their ideas, tear into their belief in one another like a bullet,
and stagger their lives in various ways.
bigotry, exclusion and discrimination ricochet through our communities
taking a devastating toll on us all. Stale, deeply rooted prejudices
are taking notes on our epitaph. We assume the role of the oppressor,
numb to how susceptible we are to the repercussions we generate.
If we open our eyes, the consequences are all around us. This
does not suggest that bigotry and lack of acceptance is ramped
only in Black communities. But, we have never based whether we “handle our business” on whose cultural
prejudice is bigger.
We do know that our community bigotries are destroying us from
the inside out leaving us in a state of perpetual traveling against
the wind. We claim an anxiousness to take flight, while our dominators
clip our right wing and we pluck feathers from our left. That
is our quandary. Our cultural reckoning is that just like a safety
deposit box, the door to our Black community progress will not
open without a
second, and in this case Same Gender Loving key.