Friday, March 16, 2007

Homophobia, Race, Power and Politics

Why Are Whites So Homophobic?

By Keith Boykin

Why are white people so homophobic? That's the question I want someone to answer today after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that he considers homosexuality to be immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace compared homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral, and said the U.S. armed forces should not allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace said.

Every time a Tim Hardaway or an Isaiah Washington or an unknown black preacher makes an anti-gay comment, reporters call me up and ask why are black people so homophobic. But when high-profile white people make homophobic remarks, nobody ever asks why are white people so homophobic. They should, because the answers to the two questions are related. African Americans are homophobic because white Americans are homophobic. We all live in the same homophobic society, and in this case the prejudice starts from the president on down.

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