The Boondocks on Gay Marriage
by Sue on Sat 14 Jan 2006 09:10 AM EST | Permanent Link | Cosmos
I am a regular read of The Boondocks strip in the PG, but I must confess that I am often confounded. I get the feeling that I'm definitely not "in" on the real humorous element and/or the real spin on the issue. But I suppose that is how any white middle class lesbian would feel -- the whole point is that I don't really get it, good intentions or not.
My take on the recent gay-marriage Boondocks strips is that he's at the older generation's discomfort with gay issues while acknowleding that its just not as big a deal with younger African-Americans. Overly simplistic?
The relationship between the gay community and the African-American community is fraught with complications. In my mind, gay rights are civil rights. I'm clearly a second class citizen in our society even as a white middle class woman. I don't have access to the basic civil institute of marriage.
Homophobia cannot be justified because it emanates from another disenfranchised group. But the same must be said for racism. I hear a lot of my sisters and brothers in the LGBT community bitching this, but then turn around and wonder why "they" don't come to local LGBT events. And have no friggin clue what they are saying.
We need to stop and think about the impact marriage discimination is going to have on more than just middle class yuppie queers. I see a lot of women, black and white, every single day who aren't in traditional marraiges and have to wonder what will happen to their families if we continue our path back to the glory days of breeder marriages. Maybe these are some of the questions the LGBT community should be tackling and building bridges over rather than focusing on our own middle class issues.
HouseBlend has some terrific stuff on this and has been following the upcoming black church summit on gay and lesbian rights.
Re: The Boondocks on Gay Marriage
by UnSpace on Sat 14 Jan 2006 02:23 PM EST | Profile | Permanent Link
I think McGruder has created a very sophisticated comic. None of the viewpoints are guaranteed to be correct. Even Huey, who would seem to be the most likely mouthpiece, occasionally comes up with some looney stuff.
I think that's one of his points. Everyone's off a bit. Sometimes the point is obvious. Sometimes, the point requires you to step back and ask "What is the truth?"
Applying that to today, The basic point is "The younger generation is able to see gay marriage is fine, whereas the older generation can't get past it's prejudice." But even in the younger generation, there's some room to grow -- hence the "more chicks for me" bit that should strike the reader as a very selfish motive for accepting gay marriage.
And sometimes I read the Boondocks and think "WTF?"
I'm hoping you did the same thing. "Breeder marriages?" Were you going for an offensive term to make a point, or was your own prejudice showing? I'd like to think it was the former.
Re: The Boondocks on Gay Marriage
by Sue on Sun 15 Jan 2006 08:42 PM EST | Profile | Permanent Link
I was being deliberately provocative, making sure someone is paying attention. My best straight friends hates when I use the term "breeder" and she's 100% correct.
The Boondocks makes me think, hence the fright factor.
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