Are African Americans Less Sympathetic To Gay Hate Crimes

In a recent op-ed article for The Root, Kelli Goff posed a question in reference to the brutal killing for Mark Carson, an openly gay black man, and the lack of outrage his death has received from the black community:

“Despite inroads made in finding common ground between the two communities, are communities of color less sympathetic to hate crimes predicated on sexual orientation?

Since his murder, there have been other anti-gay assaults in New York City. Although protest marches initiated within communities of color tend to immediately follow the deaths of men of color believed to have been victimized because of their race, such as the recent Kimani Gray protests, the outrage about Carson’s death has been largely concentrated in the gay community.

The mysterious death of openly gay Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco McMillian seemed to touch upon this issue. As news coverage hailed McMillian’s pioneering run as one of Mississippi’s first openly gay candidates, I couldn’t help wondering if there would have been more outrage and coverage had he simply been one of the state’s first viable black candidates.”

Maybe some people may choose not to give a damn because of their own biases, but that’s there right as well. First of all, it’s a shame the question has to be asked. It’s 2013 and the fact that hate crimes still happen, and plenty of them go unreported, is a testament to the society we live in.  Someone’s way of life or color should have no bearing on another person’s life.  But apparently there are people out there who choose to be animals and prey on another person simply because they exist in a realm they have issues with.

What do you think? Are African-Americans Less Sympathetic To Gay Hate Crimes?

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  • E.M.S.

    As an entire community, it’s possible. Homosexuality is still largely a taboo subject in the black community & it’s more than apparent there is rampant homophobia. But for those of us who have gay friends or family members, it resonates more deeply.

    • AJW

      You know every black person to make that claim? Just asking.

    • Miakoda

      One doesn’t have to know every black person to see a pattern of behavior.

    • Yb

      So how many people does one have to know declare that a pattern is amongst a large population of people, Miakoda?

      And if one believes there is a pattern do they take the time to figure out why the pattern exists or stereotype a group as inherently flawed and dysfunctional?

    • Tim

      Then you should put on your marching shoes and stop telling others when to use theirs.

  • Ayo

    Other groups, especially the LGBTQ community, don’t put on capes for black folks, so why should the thought hold the other way around?

    • Ayo


      Bring back the edit function!

      *so why shouldn’t that thought hold the other way around?

  • Apple

    “Although protest marches initiated within communities of color tend to immediately follow the deaths of men of color believed to have been victimized because of their race”

    I think you answered your own question. But do gay POC not protest hate crimes either?

  • talaktochoba

    thankfully, homosexuality is still a repulsive behaviour in our community;

    however, while practitioners of homosexuality should not be granted any special rights equivalent with blacks and women in the Civil Rights era, or equivalent rights enjoyed by traditional, legitimate marriages between a man and a woman, no one has the right to deny homosexuals their inalienable human rights;

    such as not being murdered, for ANY reason;

  • shawn

    It saddens me how much homophobia still exists in our community. Particularly since the black gay community has contributed an extraordinary amount to both black and general American culture. James Baldwin anyone?! It’s about time we stop holding onto a religion that was used to oppress us and start supporting ALL of our community.