Friday, October 2, 2009

Alright, let's be a little objective

OK, in the gay blogosphere (and some of the black gay blogosphere) there has been outrage by the comments that Sandra Bradley, now former administrative assistant of Morehouse College President Robert Franklin said about the photos of the wedding of Michael Cole and popular Minneapolis hairstyle Jamil Smith Cole.

Bradley wrote this in response to the pictures in sent it via her work e-mail:

“I can’t believe this wedding. It’s 2 men. They don’t smile in a lot of pictures and they look like a few brothers I’ve seen in the streets looking STRAGHT. Black women can’t get a break, either our men want another man, a white woman (or other nationality that’s light with straight hair), they are locked up in jail or have a “use to be” fatal disease. I’m beginning to believe Eve was a black woman and we Black women are paying for all the world’s sins through her actions (eating the apple)."
Now, I'm not condoning what she said at all because it sounds like she suffers from "Bitter Bitch/Cunt Syndrome".  If you don't know what Bitter Bitch/Cunt Syndrome is, it's a bitter ass person that is mad about not getting something that they want in life and will translate that bitterness towards others. 

Black blogs like the often-contraversial Bossip posted the pictures under there "What the Hell is Wrong with These Pictures" section with over 500 comments accompanying the post (most homophic).  Am I surprised? No.   Am I outrage?  No.   Honestly, I just don't care to pay blogs like Bossip any mind because most of its frequent posters have the average IQ of  something below 100.

However, when gay media like Southern Voice's blogger Matt Schafer had swooped down upon it to say, "Look, look, it's homophobia" at a HBCU.  Now, black bloggers followed like Montgomery-native, Darian Aaron of Living Out Loud with Darian and Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0, with a tangential rant about the black community as whole.  IMO, there hasn't been a "black community" since integration when most upper and middle class blacks flocked to live in the 'suburbs'.  So I'm just like "UH YEAH" on his verbose diatribe. 

On objective perspective, which I try to maintain, was this controversy worth her losing her job?  I mean Bradley should have known better for sure because the chick is a vapid bitch with no tact at all, but in these economic times you should never just "fire" somebody over something unless it is morally or ethnically reprehensible.  She should have been suspended or demoted, but not termination.  That's going way too far because in the end, it does more harm than good. 

Morehouse has been catching heat from gay bloggers for not being more involved with the gay and bisexual members of the student body because the incidents like in 2002 where Aaron Price nearly killed Gregory Love for thinking he was gay or the homophobic atmosphere on Morehouse College's campus in general.  If this is attempt to bridge the divide between the black and gay community then this is in my opinion a bad start.  You have to nip it in the bud, but straight firing the woman is going to cause more adversity than resolution of the homophobia on Morehouse campus and amongst black folks in general.  One word comes to mind: CENSORSHIP which leads to silencing of any form of dialogue between people about the subject (leading to it boil below the surface).  Ironically, this is the same thing that has hurt the resolution of racism in this country at the rate things are going what is exactly going to happen with homophobia. 

BEFORE ANYBODY USE THIS ANTICIPATED COUNTERARGUMENT: This situation isn't analogous as the Boston Police officer who sent out the racist e-mail calling Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. a monkey because he was a public servant of a publicly funded institution; whereas, Morehouse College is a private institution funded exclusively by alumni and private donors.  I don't tolerate discrimination (via homophobia, racism, xenophobia, classism, etc.), but some people need to realize this is going to make more enemies than friends by doing stunts like this to appease a certain few.  Also there isn't a legitimate lawsuit in the world that could have been filed against Morehouse or Ms. Bradley that would have stood a chance in hell before the court of law because it was on the grounds of 1st Amendment and freedom of speech and opinion. 



  1. great post, I'm not surprised about the attacks, but I don't want us to sit by and let it happen. Bossip is mess and they should be called out. However, they like foolishness like this

  2. I understand where you are coming from, but this is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. We just can't legislate people's thoughts or speech unless it is libel.



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