Yesha Callahan

Kerry Washington Schools The Black Community On Homophobia

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Last weekend, Kerry Washington was presented with the Vanguard Award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards. Washington’s riveting acceptance speech was received with two standing ovations, as the actress touched upon homophobia in the black community as well as all people fighting for equal rights for all.

“On Monday morning, people are going to click a link to hear what that woman from Scandal said at that awards show, and so I think some stuff needs to be said,” Washington said during her speech. Here’s what she said:
There are people in this world who have full rights and citizenship—in our communities, our countries—around the world. And then there are those of us who to varying degrees do not. We don’t have equal access to education and health care, and some other basic liberties like marriage, a fair voting process, fair hiring practices. Now you would think that those kept from our full rights of citizenship would band together and fight the good fight. But history tells us that no, often we don’t. Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people. We have been pitted against each other and made to feel there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of “other.”

Washington went on to state:

“In 1997, when Ellen made her famous declaration, it took place in an America where the Defense of Marriage Act had just passed months earlier, and civil unions were not yet legal in any state – but also remember, just thirty years before that, the Supreme Court was deciding that the ban against interracial marriage was unconstitutional. Up until then, heterosexual people of different races couldn’t marry who they wanted to marry, either. So when Black people today tell me that they don’t believe in gay marriage…the first thing that I say is, ‘Please don’t let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate.’ And then I say, ‘You know, people used to say stuff like that about you and your love, and if we let the government start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?’

Check out Washington’s full speech below:

  1. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    That’s nice.

    When are white celebs (straight, homosexual, lgbt, whatever) going to publicly address racism in this country in a similar public forum?

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      They won’t, vintage.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        Preach Sister.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      We are waiting Sister.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      many claps to this.

  2. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    In the struggle for equality many have complained that “all women are white and all blacks are men”. It seems all gays are white men, if you go by how they are represented. Pair that with the fact that white gays are well known for their racism and exclusionary practices and you see why the black community as a whole isn’t really on board with gay rights.

    Black gays, lesbians, and trans folks need more representation and their struggles against racism, sexism, and homophobia need to be highlighted within the black community.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @PurpNGold1

      Agreed. Also, some of the most hateful, racists I’ve encountered have been gay/lesbian (especially lesbians). No one talks about that.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        I have experienced the opposite. It seemed as if when I’d party with gay people there were more interracial couples. At least in liberal San Francisco. #collegeyears #nofollow-up?s #shout-outLexingtonsbarSF

  3. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    So, only Blacks are “homophobic?” *rolling eyes* You mean other communities are pro-gay except Blacks. We keep getting feed this nonsense, and we keep believing it.

    Even if most Blacks were against THE PRACTICE OF homosexuality, so what? That’s an individuals right to be against a practice they don’t believe in. That doesn’t equate to being hateful.

    Also, DO NOT compare that with being Black. We’ve been fighting for equality for 500 years, and they still can’t let that happen, but all of a sudden, everyone’s supposed to feel sorry for the LGBTQ community. They get way more support than we do, so lose me with the pity party. I’m just sick of the propaganda!

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Thank you. Plus the LGBT has President Obama’s support, where he barely acknowledges the issue of racism and when he does it’s some ‘both sides have a lot of work to do’ platitudes.

      The main issue in the gay community right now is marriage equality. I am all for anyone marrying whomever they wish because it’s not my business, but that struggle is NOT the same as what Black people face on the regular. They want to get married out of “love”, well we would like the people we love to stop being harassed and shot down in the streets with legally sanctioned murders by law enforcement. And we can stop pretending gays are this under represented community, they have a lot of influence in Hollywood and don’t need Kerry Washington to cape for them in her little speech.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        Exactly, vintage! You echoed my sentiments. I just get upset at the lack of honesty. The things said about and done to Blacks would NEVER, EVER be tolerated if the victims were of the LGBT community. President Obama and everyone under him would be shouting from the rooftops about how this has to stop, and they would NOT be blamed. However, Blacks are always the scapegoats, and it’s OUR fault that we are in the situation we face today.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        well you and I agree on something hahahaha LOL………..your comment is right on point. “Hollywood and don’t need Kerry Washington to cape for them in her little speech.” yea but she owe them so they call in a marker and got her to come preach to us and tell us how wrong our moral standards and values are.

        • March 25, 2015 - Reply

          @TheBurningBush

          Why do you generalize? She is not. What are “our morals”. There’s plenty of liberal and progressive, non homophobic, and homosexual black people.

          • March 26, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            I won’t talking to you!

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Hello Sister. Many haters forget that white supremacists have been the most racist and the most homophobic individuals than any group of people in the modern age. We don’t create policy here massively and we certainly didn’t invent this situation. Any human should have basic human rights. Yet, we are tired of being scapegoated collectively for bigotry indeed. We, as black people, don’t need schooling as black people have tons of intellectual curiosity.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Hey there, truth. You see, that’s the thing. Until they realize what you said and they start addressing those long-held, deep rooted issues that has plagued this country and others for centuries, then I’ll listen to what they have to say.

        Don’t get me wrong. I believe in equality for everyone. I’m not against anyone; I just don’t like this agenda and the finger pointed at the Black communities as if, like you said, we created the problem.

        • March 25, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Exactly.

          Some white LGBT members have called black people the N then (like after the CA Proposition passed years ago) and now. Also, many people benefit from the neoliberial system. So, some want to talk about black people in a condescending tone while ignore the underlying issues of poverty, racism, misogyny, etc. which contributes to injustice and bigotry. Some want to micro analyze our people without criticizing capitalist exploitation.

          We don’t hate any human. We hate oppression. We want our interests as black people to be respected.

          • March 25, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Funny how they hide those facts, isn’t it, truth?

            You’re so right.

            • March 25, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Facts are facts. 🙂

          • March 25, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            “after the CA Proposition passed years ago” and they were shocked that 65% of black folk voted for it that’s when they put on a full court press and bought controlling interest into black media, most all black blogs and media outlets in a effort to get control of black people minds should I say the root, the grio, newsone, Clutch, essence, ebony, BET, blackamericaweb etc. now movies like Empire etc. and now they call in markers from actors and actress and entertainer to come preach to us and our youth telling us what wrong with our morals and values someone who the only thing they are good at is “acting like they are someone else and looking good”, help me now.

        • March 25, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          I don’t like some actress or actors or politician coming to us preaching tell us what’s wrong with our moral standards and values when we have never mistreated anyone or any group but we still have the right to stand on our morals and values.

          • March 25, 2015 - Reply

            @TheBurningBush

            I’m with you on that TBB! I’m sick of it too. These same people would never wag their finger or their tongues at any other group, i.e. the White racist system they work for. They use these Negroes as pawns to whip the Black community in shape.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Kerry isn’t suggesting that only blacks are homophobic. She started out by saying minority groups are pitted against each other as though you can’t belong to more than one group or that these groups can’t support each other. Her miscegenation comparison is get straight black people to have empathy for another group. Calling out homophobia within the “black community” isn’t a direct attack, its just being aware that homophobia exists in many spaces but acknowledging how feelings, reactions and parallels are sometimes different depending on the group you’re dealing with.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @Esta Fiesta

        I understand your point, Esta, but when those other communities ride with us and our struggle, then we can talk.

        Black people have always had empathy for other groups. We forgive and forget. It’s our nature, but like someone else said, the LGBTQ community is about support for White gays and lesbians. I’m just sick of the whole thing.

        • March 25, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          And what’s about the black LGBTQ ?

          • March 25, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            I could imagine they are going through hell twice as much as White ones.

            Do not misunderstand me. Discrimination is wrong regardless of who the victim is. All I’m saying is that there is a huge movement to support the LGBTQ community, and I’m willing to bet the support is towards Whites and not Blacks. I am also tired of the “Black people are homophobic” rhetoric, when I KNOW for a fact that there are Whites, Asians, and others who disagree with the lifestyle.

          • March 26, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            Elsay: I agree with you. Also, it is not lost on me that the very language a lot of black people use against gay people is identical to how white people refer to gay people. This language is often supported by Christianity in the way slave masters taught us slaves Christianity. Preaching Jesus’ love to support hateful ideas. I never understood this.

            • March 26, 2015 - Reply

              @K.C.

              I blame the religions of the Book in general. Too much respect for the Letter, not enough for the Spirit. I can’t stand bigotry.

              • March 26, 2015 - Reply

                @elsay

                Me either. Some gays have been beaten, killed and bullied for being who they are. A lot of teen gays have committed suicide because of the bullying. I agree with you, don’t just read a book and pull out what is convenient for you. Have respect for the spirit of what the book is saying. Whites do the same thing and had done the same thing when forcing their book on us when we were slaves. How did they reconcile selling us with the teachings of this book they love? I detest bigotry of all kinds too. I refuse it in my life in any form.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @Esta Fiesta

        Who is calling out the Gay racists ????

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply

          @blogdiz

          Almost everybody on this page apparently… Who knew?

    • March 28, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      What is with the strawman arguments here. Who said only blacks are homophobic? No one.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @catguy00

        Well, according to the media, only Blacks are homophobic because, if your eyes have been opened, we are the only community attacked for not “accepting” homosexuality. Sometimes you have to read between the lines, so if you’ve missed it, then that’s on you.

        • March 31, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Look at what is happening in Indiana right now. It has been labelled a “redneck state” for its new anti-gay law. Pretty much a white government from what I can tell.

  4. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    *reads the title of the article*
    *sucks teeth*

  5. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    If the face of the LGBT movement was not a white man Hollywood would not be tripping over themselves to embrace them. The only reason LGBTs have managed to make such huge strides in such short amount of time is because white people are able to emphasize with other white people regardless of sexual orientation in a way they’ve never been able to emphasize with black people.

    But this need for white people and famous black celebs to repeatedly only call out black people for homophobia is tired and scapegoating. Not only did we not start this mess, we aren’t even the ones enforcing it. Look at your state legislature, your politicians, your organizations for “family values”. All of them are led by conservative white men and women. But they are treated as fringe loonies and not as representative of the white community as a whole. Meanwhile black people are blamed en masse as if we are the single body that is holding this country back.

    Blacks are expected to be ever-accommodating of the oppression of every other group. We should embrace our black LGBT brothers and sisters, but that’s where our duty ends. We owe white LGBTs absolutely nothing, especially since they have never supported or embraced us. How many of these gay celebrities have publicly spoken up about the racism in their communities? How many of them have taken each other to task for the way they treat black LGBTs and the black community in general?

    There is apparently no group in this world that won’t find a way to blame their problems on black people, instead of the white supremacist system that actually keep them oppressed.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @RettCall

      Reminds me of #Blackout selfie day, on Tumblr. Non-Black users decided to make their own selfie days and then claimed that they were “inspired” (#selfieweek, #asianinvasion, #whiteout). I remember one Tumblr user had put #asianinvasion on blast by reminding other users that there has been a selfie day, for Asians, for a few years now.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @RettCall

      You better go off!

    • March 28, 2015 - Reply

      @RettCall

      Please show me a gay organization that has blamed their problems on black people?

  6. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    POTUS has done more for the lgbt community

  7. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    I personally have experienced racism from quite a few “white” lgbt people .

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Enough to generalize?

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        I don’t think Mary is generalizing. She said, “quite a few.” Why is it that when anyone is deemed to not kiss gay people’s backsides, they are being harsh or homophobic?

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          I don’t think that acceptance of LGBTQ is a huge issue in this country. You shouldn’t be worried about “how much people kiss gay’s people’s backside”… There’s a lot of bigotry in many communities.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        @Elsay:Quite a few is not generalizing.

  8. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    I LOVE her speech and love her for saying this and calling it out as it is. People who suffer don’t need to be automatically more understanding than any one else but I cannot reconcile someone who has been traumatized by bigotry to turn around and do the same thing. I can never ever ever ever understand this. Ever. Like Al Shaprton said once, we were considered 1/5th of a human being. If we deny gay people their rights, we have to decide whether we believe they are full human beings. If we believe they are as human as any of us then they must have equal rights. Otherwise, our ideas of liberty and justice for all is a farce. You have to stand up for what is right like Garth Brooks cancelling his appearances and promotions the days after the Ferguson jury and publicly decrying the verdict. or Sean Penn giving up a cushy lifestyle to go run a camp of displaced people in Haiti for what is now 5 years and mostly funded by a lot of his own money or when he went down to New Orleans to dig up black bodies. People have to get out of their comfort zone and be true soldiers not just people who talk the talk. Kerry has always done that. Kerry: great on you!

  9. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Also, we forget there are many, many, many black gay people. When we attack gays, we attack our own. We had a friend of ours who was a gay man who has now since died of AIDS. He was funny, talented, kind and handsome. I will never forget when his family shunned him, it was his white nurses and nurse’s aids, a gay activist organization in NYC and us his small network of friends of all colors who were there to give him love. Could I clean up and care for someone deteriorating from AIDS? I don’t know but I know that white nurse of his did it and did it til he took his last breath. We are people. Just people. I wish my friend had gotten the love he needed from his own family. He was the first one to go to college, went to Fashion Institute in NYC and after that a PhD in History. He was a genius but those bigoted members of his family thought even though they were stuck in Georgia and did not do anything with their lives that they were better than this man. RIP my friend and for you, I will ALWAYS stand up for my gay brothers and sisters. ALWAYS. Thank you Kerry.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @K.C.

      Thank you for this testimony.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        Thank you for your message. I will never forget these soldiers who fought the good fight, both those who died of AIDS and those who cared and loved them. They are all my heroes. Their plight is close to my heart.

  10. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Please don’t let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate.’

    How is gay marriage in black people’s best interest? Hollywood is pimping black actors and actresses to support homosexuality hard.

    And then I say, ‘You know, people used to say stuff like that about you and your love, and if we let the government start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?’

    Please stop lying. It was never illegal for a black person to marry another black person. Gay marriage has nothing to do with the rights black people fought for in this country.

    I have never seen any homosexual group standing up for black people. Where were gay people when the Ferguson Police Department were violating black people’s rights? No where to be found?

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @Objection

      Actually slaves were not allowed to marry so it was very much illegal but carry on.

      • March 25, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        Slaves did get married. Most slave owners encouraged marriage. They encouraged marriage because the husband was less likely to run away. Please learn your history. Thanks.

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply

          @Objection

          Actually, even up to 1860 no slaves were allowed to marry unless specially permitted by their masters. Marriage back then was a custom only afforded to free people. SLAVES WERE NOT FREE PEOPLE. They were not even considered people. Also, it is to be noted that when masters did give their slaves special permission to marry it was for the sole purpose of creating new slaves to work the plantation and often these marriages were broken up when slaves were forcibly separated and sold to other owners. Please learn your history.

          • March 26, 2015 - Reply

            @K.C.

            You are contradicting your first comment to me. Your second comment is partially true. But I got a feeling you will say anything just to disagree with me.

            • March 26, 2015 - Reply

              @Objection

              Nope. My first comment said “actually slaves were not allowed to marry so it was very much illegal.” I stand by that ans history does. Just because SOME slavemasters gave their slaves the right to marry did not make marriage amongst slaves a legal thing in the US. Just like slavemasters who freed their slaves. It does not mean slavery was not legal, it just meant there were some exceptions made. I am not contradicting myself. SLAVES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY BECAUSE SLAVES WERE NOT CONSIDERED PEOPLE. Do you seriously not know this?

              • March 26, 2015 - Reply

                @K.C.

                Do you seriously not know this?

                You are confusing marriage with being a slave. A person can be a slave and still be married. You can’t disregard their marriage just because they were slaves. A lot of slaves got married. The U.S. government has nothing to do with marriage. Up until mid 1990s, a couple could get married without any government or state involvement. Its called “common law marriage.”

                Slaves were not considered a person under the U.S. Constitution. Just because they didn’t have constitutional rights does not mean they didn’t get married. But you are free to believe what you want to believe.

                • March 26, 2015 - Reply

                  @Objection

                  We are talking legalities. Since we are under and were under US law then OBVIOUSLY we are talking about US LAW. Now, it could be some slaves went through the ceremony etc (jumping the broom) but it does not mean it was recognized under US law and all the benefits that go with it. I mean we were all kinds and queens who in our minds believed we were free but under US law, we were not. SO attaining the LEGAL RIGHT to do what everyone else was allowed to do was crucial to us black people. Your statement is RIDICULOUS. Slaves marrying (ofeten secretly or with “good ol massah’s twisted permission” is not as crucial as the sheer inhumanity of the brutal laws preventing them from marrying legally. I care about the collective slaves’ fighting, dying, bleeding for us to get LEGAL RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION.Our legal rights do matter otherwise we’d still be at the back of the bus, we’d still not be able to vote and we would still not be able to own land, go to school and make decisions about our lives etc. YES IT MATTERS THAT THE SLAVES WERE FORBIDDEN FROM GETTING MARRIED LEGALLY despite them marrying on their own! Are you serious? Ok, you just proved the level of comprehension I am dealing with here. I won’t sweat you too much because I just can’t with your statement. OMG! I just can’t. lol. Laws and our equal access to them matter as long as we live in this country and contribute to it financially and in other ways. Comprende? Probably ot. Now you will post some 3rd grade post about how that is not what you meant to say. You got caught and now you are making up things.

                  • March 26, 2015 - Reply

                    @K.C.

                    We are talking legalities. Since we are under and were under US law then OBVIOUSLY we are talking about US LAW.

                    There is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance. The rights granted under the U.S. Constitution did not apply to the states until the passing of the 14th Amendment. Freedom of speech didn’t apply to the state. Freedom to bear arms didn’t apply to the state. I could go on, but I don’t think you will understand. You can call me what ever names you like; but you don’t know what you’re talking about. Typing in capital letters doesn’t make something true.

                    What benefits are you going to get in the 1800s? There was no federal income tax. There was no social security. Most people got married from a preacher, not from a judge at the courthouse.

                    Slaves were married, and there is nothing you can say to take that away from them.

                    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

                      @Objection

                      Hahahahahaha! You are hilarious now. Just hilarious. You are geniously obtuse. Slaves were not legally allowed to marry. If they were granted special permission by “good ol massah”, it was to simply increase slave labor through acquiring a well vetted spouse found approved on by massah. HOWEVER, even if married by special permission by “good ol massah”, these slaves could be at any time separated, sold and never see each other again. Spending time together was not guaranteed and certainly was not at their own will but at massah’s will. Those are the BASIC benefits I am talking about. The benefit of a full grown human being to make decisions about their spouses and their offspring. This was not afforded to slaves no matter how much back pedaling posts you write. SOME slaves were married again only by “special permission by good ol massah”. You seem to give “massah’s” special permission a lot of romanticized value. The reality is they did not do it out of the goodness of their heart and even when granted, did not treat these marriages as equal to all others under the law. Rights under state law did not apply until the 14th amendment? Are you suggesting that marriage laws (since that is what we are talking about / stay on topic) did not fully develop until the 14th amendment? What exactly are you talking about dear child? This conversation started when you stated in your original post (2nd to last paragraph) that is was “never illegal for black people to marry other black people”. Huh? Were slaves not black Einstein? Huh? I responded that it was illegal for slaves to marry. You responded that this was not the case. I schooled you that you were wrong. At this point, you need to just take a course somewhere. Online course, Junior College, whatever. You are wrong honey. Sorry. The facts are against you. Slaves were not allowed to marry unless massah gave permission. Even then, it was a sham of a marriage. Thank you and carry on. Your next post will be about unicorns or something I am sure.

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply

          @Objection

          Actually. You need to learn history. State-sanctioned marriage was not afforded to slaves.

          • March 26, 2015 - Reply

            @BillipPhailey

            Public schools are really hurting black people. A lot of people got married in the 1800s without the state. But believe what you like.

  11. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    Kerry is just kissing up to the LGBTQ community and wants a Scooby snack and a pat on the head. I can’t stand it when people (especially black people) refer to the anti-miscegenation laws as proof that being anti-gay marriage is immoral and outdated. I’m going to make it real simple for the simpletons. We’re anti-gay marriage because biology is anti-gay procreation. In other words, it’s not natural and does not sustain life. The comparison is mute.

    • March 25, 2015 - Reply

      @9Boots

      Are two infertile straight people who cannot conceive then unnatural? Should they be denied their rights since they cannot bear children. Since you say the purpose of morality and our function on this earth is to procreate. Also, please fix the “we”. You may be but not all black people.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        You can keep your straw-man argument. Please fix your reading comprehension skills. “We” is used by a speaker to refer to him/herself and one or more other people considered together. Now you have just learned that the usage of “we” does not require 100% participation.

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply

          @9Boots

          In this context the WE is very much in its original definition as we are talking about one group accepting another. You said “WE’RE ANTI-GAY BECAUSE BIOLOGY IS ANTI-GAY PROCREATION”. Who is the “WE”? “One more more people considered together” is what you said. SO are saying only YOU believe that you’re anti-gay and no one else? Also you did not answer my question about infertile straight couples. Since they do no contribute to procreation then do they have rights or not? Are they unnatural or not? Is an infertile woman not a woman? Is our ONLY purpose on earth to procreate? What do we do with hose who do not? I am beyond great reading comprehension skills, I am an analytical thinker. Et toi?

          • March 26, 2015 - Reply

            @K.C.

            K.C. Please enroll in a basic reading comprehension course. I do not need to answer your off topic questions. I’ll become pro- gay marriage when biology becomes pro-gay procreation. You will receive no further responses from me.

            • March 26, 2015 - Reply

              @9Boots

              No you can’t respond further because none of what you say has any weight. You can’t answer my question because you have no valid answer. Procreation seems to be crucial to human value for you and you refuse to answer how that applies to STRAIGHT people who can’t procreate. Or those who don’t care to procreate. This is where you anti gay bigots get stuck. Your logic is faulty. You know I comprehend and I am sure it scares you how much. So much so that i see right through the holes of your faulty logic.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @9Boots

      Moot is the word you’re looking for. I haven’t procreated. Am I unnatural?

      Black christianity has become more of a mental handicap than anything else.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @BillipPhailey

        I will tell you what is really a mental handicap…..willfully ignoring the laws of biology.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @BillipPhailey

        I agree. Christianity (as taught by slavemasters) was designed to keep us stupid, passive, submissive, ignorant and hateful. All tools that are necessary to own, sell and degrade an entire race of people. In 2015, I am fascinated how we still cosign massah’s ignorance in order to hide behind our fear of what is different. I know people who can quote every bible passage but can’t read one piece of literature beyond that. Or don’t know the 50 states or more than 6 US presidents.

      • March 31, 2015 - Reply

        @BillipPhailey

        Yet it’s illegal in countries where the majority of the population isn’t black or Christian. It’s intellectually lazy to lay the label of homophobia on black Americans.

  12. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    And I bet this woman will never ever publicly stand up and say anything about black folks being treated badly and being shot dead in the street, whether gay, straight, male or female. Yet they use their blackness to push the agenda of non blacks because those are the people paying the cost to be the boss. At least this makes it obvious that these people aren’t on the ‘black team’. Just being on TV and on magazine covers as a black person doesn’t mean you are on the black team or are some hero and icon of black folks. Sorry. That superficial view of progress is totally backwards.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @D1Mind

      “I don’t think about it that much. You know, this has been a really complicated day for me. I started the day watching the funeral services for Michael Brown. And so it’s a lot to wrap your head around being an African American in this country right now.”

      -Kerry Washington, live on the red carpet, in response to being asked about how nice it would be to win an Emmy

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @PurpNGold1

        When was the last time she stood up in front of a live audience and publicly read a well prepared speech on the issue of black life in America as the standard by which progress should be measured?

        Off comments on the red carpet don’t really mean much by comparison and there have been plenty more since Mike Brown.

        But like I said elsewhere, these folks are trying to make the gay agenda some sort of rallying cause for negroes in order to divert away from real issues of racism.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @D1Mind

      Kerry has previously spoken out about Michael Brown’s case.

  13. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    She does know there are gay black people too right ???The Gay rights movement is dominated by the voices of white male often middle-class who still have privilege and yes there are are Black people who are homophobic and there are also gay who are racist. Who is lecturing the gay racist and why is EVERYBODY lecturing black people only

  14. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    The comments here confirms her concerns.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @elsay

      Yes Elsay. I agree. Compassion is not as easily afforded to others as we may want to believe. Love wins in the end though. You can’t fight love. It is the most powerful weapon. It can destroy evil in a minute. If you believe in God then he or she sends tests our way to see if we truly learned the lesson. Or are we only capable of understanding something when it is happening to us? Until we learn true compassion, we will continue to be tested over and over again. Compassion=love=freedom. Also, you can’t ask for your own justice if you are not willing to give to someone who is in dire need of it. The Universe does not work that way.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      @elsay

      A hit dog will holler.

  15. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    *kiss teeth*

    Why can’t the gays go and bother the Arabs, the Mexicans, the Asians and the Jews/whites about their “homophobia”? This shit is pissing me off. Since they want to ride the coattails of someone’s struggle so badly why aren’t they chanting gay is the new Muslim?

    But no they have the audacity to compare their lifestyle to how we’re born and the centuries of brutality placed upon us because of it. FOH already. Gays ain’t being gunned down in the streets with the perpetrators getting acquitted.

    If gays want equal rights to marry then whatever. But they need to take that up with the law makers and people that have the economic might to “oppress” them….and it ain’t black people. Get off our case already!

  16. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    Always remember the pinks are Roman. Look at the Roman empire this culture appropriated the Jewish religion. Roman is a template for the pinks.

  17. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Nope I am right on it. Slaves were not allowed to marry unless by special permission by their owners at which point those marriages could be considered legal. However, those marriages were often a sham and the couples could be separated at any time and sold to another owner at any time (also often had to get special permission just to be with their “spouse”). Slaves were NOT legally allowed to marry as slaves were considered property. In the instances where they were allowed to marry by special permission by their masters, then they did. BUT that was a special circumstance. It was illegal for slaves to marry or have any other human rights as they were not considered human. Sorry you are both wrong on this one.

  18. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t seek political advice or general life advice from actors/singers. I assume most adults vote their own mind/beliefs and not what someone else tells them to believe.

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