Fuck Prop 8, Agitate!
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me? The juxtaposition is scandalous: a new Negro Presidential breakthrough along side the re-shackling of the gay populace of Cali. “Rights Stripped, Prejudice Wins” read the banner headlines. Just as those knotty lynch ropes were being shoved into the dustbin of history, gosh darn it. Not quite.
Some tried to pin the loss in Cali on Negroes. Check how slick the ruling class is. Find a mouthpiece, fire up the Mighty Wurlitzer and put another nigga on the woodpile. Most white folks will fall for it and many did. Negroes barked back and became distracted by the real deal. Why? Because we’ve been programmed to.
Divide and conquer. See our struggle as somehow tainted by the “bad blood”, the immoral lifestyles of the gay and perverted.
Negroes have this proprietary relationship to the language of struggle. We don’t like “close” links made between the civil rights struggles of US and gay people. Why? Because it reduces us, cheapens our struggle, cheapens our victimization by contaminating it with the minor hangnails suffered by white faggots and bull dykes. The fact that some of our black siblings, cousins AND parents are GAY is even MORE embarrasing and worthy of being closeted, sequestered, quarantined.
For some of us and for me today, struggle is struggle. Certainly, they are not identical, the black and gay struggle, but need they be in order to see the inherent injustice of what this culture is putting down?
When adults in this culture are told that they can’t do what other adults, other so-called free people can do because of “who and what they are,” that’s a fucking slam dunk. A two-tiered system of justice cannot stand whether you like the thought of two men tongue kissing, having anal sex or some other activity that seems freakish to you – or not. Maybe it freaks you the fuck out because, in your heart of deepest darkness, there’s a little quiver of excitement, forbidden pleasure that you’re too cowardly to experience. Just ask the reactionary Right.
Your or my sexual comfort level should not be the basis of social policy affecting millions of people who know who they are and who they love.
You can’t deny people freedom when you’ve spent your life fighting for and/or enjoying the fruits of a long struggle for freedom – that is ongoing.
On a higher plane, we, of all people, the so-called Black people, should be taking the lead in locking arms with gays and lesbians and shutting this shit down until all power rests in the people, and all rights that should be enjoyed by all people are extended, shared, granted. Or taken.
If you only stand for justice for your kind, justice for your ilk – you don’t stand for shit. You’re a fraud, an imbecile who doesn’t deserve the freedom that you don’t have.
The highest principles of the State, belong to all of us. This ain’t about your religion. Your religion is between you and your God, in spite of what your imperialist priests and preachers fill you up with. Keep that shit to yourself. If I’m going to hell, let me go in peace without your editorial commentary. Just get your pious foot off of the necks of people who want to live and love as free people.
Until we see the close relationship between freedom struggles of sexuality, class, race and gender, none of those struggles can succeed. Only a unified struggle of intelligent, undivided, freed slaves can win.