He also seems like he's willingly kidding himself.
We have the AIDS epidemic in the Black community because we aren't honest.
We don't want to know.
Too many of our churches force the choir director and the youth minister and who knows who else to stay in the closet because we're not going to open our arms to them if we know they're gay.
If a House of God, which is supposed to be a loving place, cannot openly welcome our community's gay brothers and sisters, how do we think other segments of the Black community will?
And welcoming goes beyond just our own individual churches. It means when Bernice King starts talking her smack and expressing that homophobia, we call her out. It means when crackers like Amy Goodman bring on homophobe King -- and play her homophobic sermons without calling them out -- we say, "Cracker, shut the hell up."
We call out Bernice and all the ones who give her cover.
She's a homophobe. She's MLK's daughter? Doesn't change a damn thing.
Coretta Scott King knew better, Yolanda Denise King knew better. They spoke out in favor of equality. Bernice is just a little hate monger.
We do have some churches that are leading on this issue and they deserve praise. But there are far too many attacking gays and lesbians and far too many who are silent and think that they're not attacking means they deserve a gold star. But they're not speaking out for LGBTs either. So they don't deserve anything but a nudge to do something and scorn if they won't.
When we'll stop rendering Black men and women who are gay invisible, we'll be where Phill Wilson seems to think/hope we are. But we're not there yet.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"