There's been a dust up over this post on ka-os Theory -- You Only Count if you're Black, which bristled at this post on Darian Aaron's blog praising Black Gay Bloggers, suggesting reverse exclusion. The ensuing dialogue ripped old battle scars like an East Coast/West Coast rap beef that won't die when Darian responded using the method all beefs employ these days -- Facebook.
As one responder on Darian's facebook page asserted, "Pro-black isn't anti-white". Okay. But does the opposite hold true? Does America's racial history preclude the mainstream rise of Pro-White groups without them being nefarious like the one above?
Great questions; tough answers though. In such cases, I try to look at things from the other guys perspective.
If you haven't checked out the link above and the connecting links do so now and then come back. I must admit there are valid points all around. Ka-os was on point with his observation, though, possibly, he was unaware that he was stepping into a minefield littered with the corpses of many who just wanted to do the right thing.
Fair is fair, correct? Using that simple formula I butted heads with Jasmyne Cannick over the right of Shirley Q. Liquor (below) to exist in a world where the Wayans brothers make millions by putting on white-face and portraying 'White Chicks'.
Naturally, I gathered a host of enemies who to this day still grumble at the mention of my name and use Charles Knipp's character as a retort for everything. **Oh, of course, somebody who defends Shirley Q would say that!!**
Whatever. Fair is fair. And that will never change. Using that same formula, I've also decried the rise of Black Gay Prides (and added a few more to the list of those who don't like me). Now, I truly understand why we have needed them, and why, possibly, in certain areas of our nation we may still need them. But I think the ultimate goal for a rainbow flag waving community is to be all-inclusive -- like a resort. Isn't it?
Branching off into individual prides will only lead to further division. Having said that, NYC should not have a 'regular' Pride and a Black Pride and a Latino Pride and an Asian Pride -- what's next, Special Pride, Little People Pride, Big-Boned People Pride, yada yada muthfukin' yada.
With all the opposition against us, is it 'historically' wise to willingly divide ourselves? Wouldn't working with these entrenched organizations so that they live up to the dream and vision of the rainbow be much better?
Tooting our horn is cool, Darian Aaron did nothing wrong in doing so. And yet, I agree with Ka-os wholeheartedly. See, there's that minefield, and why racial politics will always be so very complicated. So, is Pro White anti Black, and vice versa?