Since Spike Lee has admirably taken on the cause of Black history being watered down in the classroom, there's been some internet rabble about whether gay studies should also be included. I say flat out, I don’t think hetero-washing history is to anyone’s benefit.
While I don’t advocate blowing down the bedroom doors of historical figures as some would insinuate, what I dislike is the lie. Why downplay the fact that James Baldwin was, aside from being a literary powerhouse, unashamedly gay? There are young people who don’t know this, and, more importantly, a lot of other people who believe they shouldn't. It’s a crime actually, because his sexuality as much as his blackness created the legend which is Baldwin.
Homo is a sexuality equal to, if not slightly surpassing, Hetero.
Who benefits from this hetero-washing of our greatness? Intolerant conservatives who want their narrow views passed on to the next generation, that's who. And I don’t know this for a fact, but I’d guess that Baldwin would not want his sexuality expunged from history like some youthful indiscretion best forgotten.
Just as America wouldn't be 'the America' it is today without slavery, Baldwin wouldn't be Baldwin without his sexual attraction to other men. Same-Sex love deserves it's rightful place in history like its hetero sibling. Stick to the truth with history, the whole truth, and you can't go wrong.