Greetings dear readers!
There’s trouble in Black paradise…
CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Spike Lee, seeking his candor on Ferguson’s situation. I watched with anticipated interest to see the effect of Lee’s take on what contributes to its (and this country’s) ongoing troubled legacy. When one central notion was calmly offered—which off-the-cuff witnessing might expect to be uncontested—things got highly “revealing.”
Spike Lee unflinchingly stated that America wages an undeterred war against Black men. It looked as though Cooper suddenly saw the ghost of his worst imaginary nemesis set charge to the room; he erupted in flurried astonishment, challenging Lee as if this idea had to be preposterous in this day and time. Lee stood his ground, daring to even reiterate.
Lee though, missed a powerful opportunity.
Anderson Cooper oh so recently “came out” publicly, as a gay man, media frenzy hot on the sensational trail. While there was some eyebrow raising key popular folk and mega celebrities rallied to his support. A nice, clean cut, all American looking (“cute”) white man—in a major economically privileged position who is viewed in “red blooded” homes nightly—finally found just the right “climate”: he could be brave, accepting a key aspect of who he really is.
Lee could have dropped the bomb with this question: do you really think that America does not wage an undeterred war against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and transsexuals…Especially in this day and time?
A key thing that I hammer home in my book is a plain reality—the Black Civil Rights struggle and its intense systemic opposition compliments (or mirrors) the gay legal struggle step for step.
Something interesting has surfaced here: Anderson Cooper revealed far more than he realized, on so many levels, with his overly “astonished” reaction to the idea of Blackness still being under U.S. cultural fire.