I have sat on my hands more than the required amount of time to maintain unity with groups who don't wish me well. We talk about Black men being kings, kangs, and leaders, but we throw folks away in the process of "building the Black community." More often than not, many men who are respected nationally and in the Houston community perpetuate homophobia and transphobia as love, they are just out to save the community from the white man, they say. But, anti Blackness can and does get perpetuated by Black men, Black men like Wesley Muhammad who claim that “Homosexualization of the Black Community is one of the clearest and most egregious illustrations of the US Government’s Scientific Assault on the Black Man.”
The molestation argument isnt working anymore as more and more poople who come out of the closet have not had the experience of some sexual predator attacking them, so they have moved on to the theory of chemically induced homosexuality. This assertion that homosexuality is a chemical attack, and that our existence is destroying the Black community is based your lack of acceptance of what has always existed within the BLACK community, HOMOSEXUALS! People like Muhammad actually are the ones who won't acknowledge the so called "elephant in the room," the one that has existed before he was a twinkle in your father's eye. WE are not some new chemical phenomenon, WE EXIST, and do I need to remind you that much of the movement for our rights have been led by HOMOSEXUALS, BISEXUAL & TRANS folks who are indeed BLACK?
"You know what destroyed the black men in my family? Drugs, the selling of them and or the usage. I watched the men I looked up to reduced shells of their former selves. I looked at my dad through bars for years, while my mom struggled to keep us above water. Most of us have been and are currently being impacted by this. But yeah sure let’s talk about the “feminization of the black man.” - Raymond Lawson - Pink
I have always had the question in the on my mind of whether or not Cisgender, Heterosexual Black men and women stand with me and others when we need them? It seems like the common answer is a strong "no" when it comes to "pro Black" people like him and his hotep ass friends. It hurts when I think about it and it really shouldnt to be honest, when Black men and their "pick mes" (see Black women who agree with them) say crap like this. When I see Black folks, I see folks that I want to protect and shield from a system of oppression, while feeling a shoe on my throat.
Its their shoe that I feel!
Take your paranoid ass shoes off of our throats and let us live! We are supposed to love, protect and respect each other from any harm towards our Blackness and that may even include ourselves. The only chemical attack is the physiological produced from the stress you bigots induce when you make quacky claims. It leads me to believe that that your faction only thinks that straight Black folks should exist and that you would stop short of full genocide against people who are not like you. The facts are available, but you dont like the facts and your refusal to stop demonizing us when all we want to do is live and love. There is no way to stop us from recognizing our sexual orientation and gender identitiy.... we don't need your acknowledgement. WE EXIST.
We know that rape and molestation does not cause homosexuality, now I will add that Chemicals dont either.
Now that we have identified that this theory is crack pot as fuck, Know that you are not welcome in Houston. Your mission to spread false claims through this event will force me to protest you and the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center. YOU are the assualt on Black America, You are ANTI BLACKNESS.... didnt anyone every teach you that ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER? Whether we are Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender, we are being murdered because folks believe your bullshit message! Every year BLACK Trans people get murdered, at least 21 (17 Black) were murdered this year. Black people, even Black CHILDREN are being murdered for being percieved to be or for being homosexual....
At a time when Black people are under attack for just being Black, we are attacked for just being who we are. It is deeply insulting that this event would take place in the same week that 21 murdered Black Trans people are being memorialized on the Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20). The planners of this event, those who extended this invite to you need to know that we have to do better than this. This fracture is for bullshit, why be pro Black if you are going to only honor SOME Black lives?
I, WE ARE DEMANDING THAT YOU CANCEL THESE EVENTS!
IF you do not, we will be at 3903 Almeda Road to protest and ultimately boycott the S.H.A.P.E.Community Center. Your mission statement says the goal is "to improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities with an emphasis on Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith" and this event does not reflect that assertion.
ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER!