18.3.08

On (adjective here) Gay Men.

The regular and persistence reporting that attempts to promote the homosexual agenda has done little to advocate the normalization of that lifestyle. And so—as heard on NPRs Fresh Air, dated Feb 26, 2008—a new angle, a new advocate, and a new invitation seeks to inspire and encourage, as the show beings:

“Connecticut has become the first state to have an openly gay, black lawmaker in its general assembly. Last week, State Representative Jason Bartlett told local reporters that he is gay.

“Six openly gay legislators are already serving in Conn. But Barlett’s announcement makes him the first African American serving in a state legislative body to be open about his homosexuality. It is one thing to be black and gay, but to be a black, gay, democrat with a mostly white, republican constituency…well, on paper at least, looks challenging.

“So how big a deal do you think it is, your coming out?

(Bartlett) ‘I think any public office comes out, it’s a big deal still….’”
(hear full archive here: http://tinyurl.com/2ddl9l)

One wonders, what next? The first, gay, black, woman, senator in Connecticut? Maybe the first, bisexual, black, senator in Connecticut? And when Connecticut is done with firsts, we can go to the other states, other descriptors, and other occupations—“Wow, it’s the first…(insert favored adjectives here)…in…(your state of choice here)…who is a…(chose an occupation here)…” How long before we hear, “Wow, it’s the first donut-eating, non-coffee drinking, flannel-wearing, cancer-surviving, hybrid-driving, tree-hugging, conservative-leaning, Harvard-trained, internationally-raised, black, gay, man.”

Unfortunately, the lengthening of adjectival descriptors does little for the pedigree. “How big a deal is it…?” asks Tony Cox.

(yawn…)

You want news worthy notes of trend-bucking lifestyles that are changing the political, economic, and historic face of this nation and the world? Spotlight the faithful black men who day-after-day work behind desks, in shops, in offices, driving vehicles, on factory lines—as doctors, lawyers, teachers, clerks, associates, managers; blue collar, brown collar, or white collar—who work with integrity, consistency, and honesty; black men who at the end of a long work day go home to an equally tired wife and loves her well; black men who come home to oft-times-demanding and sometimes-disgruntled children, and plays with them; black men who do not hide behind a newspaper or television, pornography or prostitutes, alcohol or abuse, but who engage their families with compassion in a world that is a poor model. Now that’s newsworthy

But it’s not unique enough or edgy enough for NPR. Special? Sure. Amazing? Yes. Worthy of our praise and recognition? Absolutely! But not unique. Such black men can be found in the most common places: cities, towns, and country-sides. No, it isn’t unique. But it is newsworthy.

Sadly, we won’t get many hour-long conversations with such men. Sorry, brothers. You don’t represent a lifestyle that the medias want to advance. Leave your wife for another man and then we’ll interview you. Abandon your children and make a new life for yourself, then we’ll tell your story. But love well, work faithfully, and give a damn about your family…well, that’s just boring!

But it sure is beautiful! Given the option, I’ll take boring and beautiful any day.

So to you black men, who strive for and often attain to the description I have presented as newsworthy—who will never be interviewed by NPR—may I take this moment to honor you, encourage you, and remind you that frivolity is rarely remembered, but faithfulness is a foundation cannot be forgot.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

Great article. The people that make the country work don't get recognition and blacks have to overcome a bad reputation additionally.