Black Poetry : Black Gay/Gay Black

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by csojourner, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. csojourner

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    Black Gay / Gay Black

    He asked, “So are you a Black Gay or a Gay Black?” which of course is code for which is worse, racism or homophobia. Some people really shouldn’t ask questions, especially when they aren’t prepared for the answer. So I smiled and replied.

    I refuse to participate in your Oppression Olympics. While homophobia and racism are not the same, it is at their intersection where I am forced to live. I am a Black Gay and a Gay Black. The blood of my peoples was shed at both Selma and Stonewall.

    I am both James Byrd's severed head lying on a Texas, highway and Mathew Sheppard’s crucified body on a Wyoming fence. I am the gay black child left behind in HIV war zones known as Harlem, Oakland, Detroit, and DC. I am a professional pallbearer standing parade-rest over the coffins of ten thousand motherless children. I am the colored wet nurse from whose breasts the master’s children continue to suckle. I am the lone T-Cell who staves off Death and his galloping pale horse.

    I am the prophet Mathew who has returned to smite false prophets who have chosen to shepherd their flocks in designer suits while filling their coffers with money born of stale rhetoric and manufactured hysteria. But you will no longer lead my people to their slaughter and dine upon their carcasses for I am a sorcerer capable of spinning shame and brokenness into healing and restoration. And like my rage I have returned to gather my people and we shall fill up ten thousand Tiananmen Squares for in my world the civil rights cloak is vast and wide and able to warm everyone who needs protection.

    To my black brothers and sisters, I did not catch my gayness from white folks no more than I caught my blackness from God’s curse upon Hamm. You calling me dirty will not make you clean. I am not the enemy. I am not racism, teen pregnancy, illiteracy, hypertension, unjust incarceration, addiction, molestation, poverty, unemployment, police brutality, homelessness or domestic violence.

    To my gay white brothers and sisters, I am tired of my back being used as a bridge to your blackness, Build your own or at least have the decency to pay a toll. See, I’m not your girlfriend, sister, sexual fetish or disco diva, I am the incarnation of African Kings, Queens and American slaves; now please show some respect.

    To my heterosexual contemporaries I do not wish for a seat at your table. I wish to dismantle it and sell the pieces on Craigslist. I want to crash church weddings and, when asked to speak now or forever hold my peace, rise and tell the congregation that Sally and Brad, Tamika and Tyrone have no business having a church wedding because everyone knows they’ve been doing the nasty for hella long.

    And, oh, by the way, in answer to your original question, “Which is worse, racism or homophobia?”—well, of course the answer is whichever one I’m dealing with right then.
     
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    really wasnt feeling this at all
    3/10
     
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    interesting twist of the between knowing u face which ever one
    before you.
     
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    um

    i don't see poetry here
    and you talk against this double sided hatred you feel yet you diss heterosexuals

    civilizations is built on heter not homo


    find peace with in yourself
    this life is harder
    try not to make it harder than is has to be

    I am the incarnation of African Kings, Queens and American slaves; now please show some respect.

    in order to get respect you have to show some
    you can't make people respect you because you said so



     
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    phenomenalwoman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ..... so'ja your stance speaks what I wasn't sure how to say without disrespecting this flow. you have spoken for me and I am sure several others. Thank You.
     
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    csojourner ... Hello and Welcome ... :wave: ... thanks for sharing

    C'mon Family ... yall musta forgot ... but we have Poetic Etiquette Rules here ... if you aint got nuth'n nice to say ... don't say nuth'n at all. Unless of course this peace were in the Critique Forum, which it is not.

    :heart:

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    ah

    i responded the content of the piece
    the writer said some things
    and i gave my point of view
    and this is not poetry
    i don't think i said anything wrong
    but this piece should be moved like you've moved several of my pieces in the past

    lololololololololol

    even though this is not poetry do Poetic Etiquette Rules still apply?

    lol
     
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    DSS ... you're being mean now ... making csojourner's thread / poetry some discussion about how much you don't like the content, etc., ... this is not allowed and it's not fair to do his thread this way ... you've even suggested that it is not poetry ... as though we have experts in the house to determine what is and isn't poetry ... that's just wrong.

    If you don't like it, please, just skip over it.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    yea Destee

    being mean?
    i think not Destee

    i didn't say anything offensive
    and if this writer can diss heters i have the right to defend us

    but i do respect your point
    and i should have skipped over the skip to my loo-loo piece
     
  10. csojourner

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    This a political and spoken word performance piece which is considered poetry around the world. It is in the same vain as most of my works-I would hazard to guess that perhaps the subject matter is what bothers you- (civilizations is built on heter not homo). On another note civilizations are built not is built.
     
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