Saturday, September 18, 2021

Black Men Don’t Support Activist DeRay McKesson Because He’s Gay

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

*DeRay Mckesson, one of the prominent voices for the Black Lives Matter movement, was among hundreds of people arrested at demonstrations across the country after the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling.

Blogger SandraRose.com noted how following news of his arrest and subsequent release from jail, some news media questioned why Black Twitter didn’t throw their full support behind him.

READ RELATED STORY: DeRay McKesson on His Sexuality and LGBT Community in #BLM

Twitter user @starrytoronto thought he had the answer to such questions. He said black males in particular don’t support McKesson because he’s openly gay.

“I wish deray wasn’t a homosexual male.., he would have had more support from blackmen.. its hard for us to take instructions from a gay male,” @StarryToronto tweeted.

DeRay McKesson

Starry’s Tweet provoked debate and anger among his followers. He later deleted the Tweet.

What do you think of his statement?

Last year, Mckesson took the stage at a San Francisco GLAAD gala and opened up about the complexities of being black and gay. He was invited to the stage by actor Jussie Smollett from the Fox television “Empire.”

“He is a black man, he is a gay man, and his voice is changing the world,” Smollett said in his introduction.

During the gala, DeRay spoke about the dangers of living with an “either/or” mentality that doesn’t acknowledge being both black and gay.

“When loving myself only looks one way, when protests are in the street or not at all, this puts constraints on the way that we express ourselves and the way that we can get free,” he said.

Meanwhile, McKesson vows to continue demonstrating because he’s convinced that the authorities want activists to be “too afraid to protest.”

Do you agree that gay black male activists don’t receive the same respect that straight black males receive? After all, it’s not like these crazed killer cops are asking these males what their sexuality is before they execute them in the streets.

If Black lives truly matter, what does ones sexuality have to do with it?

DeRay McKesson

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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  2. Here is a young black male who has courageously faced up to the unsurmountable specter of American racism and police brutality against black America. After the police shootings of young unarmed black men and the response to that by BLM, he was speared to action and, instead of buckling under in fear, he rose up to this specter with a frontal attack so effective that it has catapulted him into the national spotlight. And to have straight black men, men who initially stood with him, by him and for him, to suddenly back down, back away and disengage because they found out that he is gay is unbelievably ludicrous. I could hardly believe this could happen…until I settled into to the reality that, yes it could. Pathological homophobia is endemic among black males in America and they are still unaware of the albatross this is around their necks.

    If certain homophobic black males are lost to him, and he may have to sadly write them off, but maybe he can prevail without them. He will have overwhelming support among all the rest of us. I will do everything in my power to support and encourage him. I have an incredible amount of praise and admiration for this young man-who yes, happens to be gay- and his strength, courage, heart and his charismic leadership acumen to stand up to an institution is second to none of any straight black man that has ever stood up for racial justice. If Baltimore MD is smart, it will use him for the benefit of its struggling communities of color in dire need of his intellect, his courage and his leadership.

  3. Twitter user @starrytoronto needs to be reminded or taught (most likely) that Bayard Rustin’s homosexuality didn’t stop Martin Luther King, Jr. from supporting him and making him his chief civil rights strategist!! You can’t fight for Freedom and Justice for black people, when you’re oppressing certain members of your own group. That is immoral; stupid, hypocritical, hateful, and Evil!!!

  4. This is an example of why we as black people cant ever move ourselves or our agenda forward. So..let me get this straight (no pun intended) you have a man who is out here in these streets, being mocked, spit on, arrested and even death threats thrown at him fighting for your freedoms and to protect us ALL while you sit comfortably on your couch watching him on TV daily and you want to disparage him because of who he loves in his private time? WOW! I guess ALLL black lives DONT matter.. The name calling of someone who is braver than most of us to rise up to the call and challenge shows how much of a sissy or a punk most of you are..You tough talking behind a pc screen, but let me see you get arrested and have death threats sent to your door step..This man deserves respect no matter who he loves and the fact that we as a people cant support our own because of our insecurities is the very reason why we cant ever move forward and will forever complain, bitch and whine about our place in society…#Staywoke!

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