Apparently, it’s Black History Month in the U.K. and who better to hear from on the subject that a white gay man because of course there are no Black people in the U.K. qualified to speak on the subject. And what better way to honor the history of Black people than to suggest that El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more commonly referred to as Malcolm X, was bisexual.
Now there are so many things wrong with this, I don’t know where to start.
To begin, that a news publication would look to someone who is not Black to write on the importance and relevance of Black History Month is a bit perplexing. It’s even more problematic when the author has no intention of honoring or respecting the history of Black people but would rather use the platform to further push the cause of white gays, because really, that’s what Black History Month is all about.
Second, it can’t be overlooked that most white people, gay or otherwise, have never been fans of Malcolm X. Let’s face it, he’s always been a little to controversial for them. They much preferred Black people’s “non-violent” Civil Rights Movement to the “by any means necessary” method that Malcolm X subscribed to at one time. So I am not surprised that 45 years after the murder of Malcolm X, they are still finding ways to smear his name.
But what I am surprised by is the continued audacity that white gay people have when it comes to Black people.
And I quote:
“Malcolm X’s bisexuality is more than just a question of truth and historical fact. There has never been any black person of similar global prominence and recognition who has been publicly known to be gay or bisexual. Young black lesbian, gay and bisexual people can, like their white counterparts, often feel isolated, guilty and insecure about their sexuality. They could benefit from positive, high-achieving role models, to give them confidence and inspiration. Who better than Malcolm X? He inspired my human rights activism and was a trailblazer in the black freedom struggle. He can inspire other LGBT people too.”
It’s clear the author knows little about Malcolm X or what he stood for because Malcolm X would have never written such an article about someone’s alleged sexuality to further the cause. It’s also clear that the author knows little about being Black, I mean how could he, he’s white. To insinuate that Malcolm X was both closeted and bisexual and missed the opportunity to inspire Black gay people because of it is as ludicrous as the idea of a white person trying to explain to me the history of Black people. I am both Black and lesbian and let me tell you, Malcolm X still continues to inspire me and it has nothing to do with his sexuality.
Suggesting that Malcolm X is bisexual is going to do nothing to mend relationships between white gays and Black people, if anything, the author just made that division a deeper.
Even if Malcolm X was bisexual, of what relevance is it to us today? None.
“Perhaps it is unintentional but Black History Month sometimes feels like Straight Black History Month.”
I’m sorry, but sleeping with Black people, befriending Black people, and listening to Black music, doesn’t make you Black. It just means that you’re having great sex, you have good friends, and that you listen to excellent music. Period. So I find it hard to believe that for a white person Black History Month feels like Straight Black History Month.
White gay people need to go back to the drawing board when it comes to Blacks and take some other Black people with them. The kind of Blacks who they aren’t sleeping with and who will have no problem saying to them, you might not want to right an article entitled “Malcolm X is bisexual. Get over it.” I’m just saying.
I guess I’ll just be thankful for the small things. Like the fact that the author and the paper that published his ridiculousness are both in the U.K. and not America. See we don’t play that shit here and unless our white gay marriage zealots want to see a repeat of California’s Proposition 8, they’ll heed my words and leave historic Black leaders and their sexuality alone.
A White Gay’s Guide on How to Deal with the Black Community for Dummies
- Chapter 1: Stop Preaching to the Choir
- Chapter 2: Blaming Blacks For White Behavior
- Chapter 3: Listen to Black Gays When It Comes to Black People…Duh!
- Chapter 4: STFU Already
- Chapter 5: Those Who Live in a Glass House Shouldn’t Throw Stones…
- Chapter 6: Why Fighting for Gay Marriage is a Privilege
- Chapter 6.2: STFU Part Two and Why I am Going to Start the ‘Black Alliance Against Defamation From Gays’
- Chapter 7: Prop 8 and the Fallacy of Single Issue Politics
- Chapter 8: The Sad Professor
- Chapter 9: Take a Chill Pill
- Chapter 10: Why Are You So Paranoid?
- Chapter 11: Leave the Sexuality of Historic Black Leaders Alone