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'The New Black' Looks At How the African-American Community Grapples With Gay Rights: VIDEO

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A trailer has been released for The New Black, the upcoming documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community responded to Maryland’s marriage equality ballot measure back in 2012, as well as how the community continues to grapple with the broader push for gay rights nationwide. 

From the film's site:

The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

The film opened this week and is playing in NYC through Tuesday.

 

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  1. I just don't understand how some members of a community that suffered due to oppression and bigotry would want to impose that ideal on others.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 2:58:50 PM


  2. I hope those black churches are also leading referendums, marches, and protests against tattoos and gluttony. They are, aren't they??

    Posted by: dc20008 | Feb 14, 2014 3:00:01 PM


  3. For the 100th time for all the white gays who "just don't understand how some members of a community that suffered due to oppression and bigotry would want to impose that ideal on other.Str8 black people see being gay as a upper middle class to rich white people thing because that's the image that is seen on tv so they don't see any oppression.

    Posted by: James | Feb 14, 2014 3:09:34 PM


  4. Not surprising. Ignorance is the root of all evil.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 14, 2014 3:12:21 PM


  5. @James

    That's hardly an excuse. People who have experienced such vile and determined oppression, which continues to this day, should know better.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 3:14:11 PM


  6. ahh because there is NO such thing as a Minority (black, hispanic, asian etc etc) being gay.......(sarcasm off)

    Posted by: disgusted american | Feb 14, 2014 3:15:27 PM


  7. That lady in the picture seems nice.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 14, 2014 3:29:30 PM


  8. @notsafeforwork

    Are you referring to black people or gays? I know more racist gay people than homophobic black people.

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 14, 2014 3:41:06 PM


  9. Joe, it's not about you. The comment was directed to the posted story. If you a have different opinion, so be it and live your truth.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 3:46:46 PM


  10. Someone needs to make a companion to this documentary about the rampant racism within the gay community.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 14, 2014 3:52:20 PM


  11. They are nothing but sheeple caught in the grasp of religious conmen.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 14, 2014 3:58:07 PM


  12. It's not black people, it's Christians of any color that hate gay people. Color is irrelevant, and religion is everything.

    Christians. Hate. Gay. People.

    Posted by: Merv | Feb 14, 2014 4:01:17 PM


  13. The reason marriage equality was adopted by vote in Maryland is the religious vote was not written off. There are plenty of Christians who support marriage equality, including in the black churches. The ga rights community learned to reach out to them rather than ignoring them (like on Prop 8).

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 14, 2014 4:13:00 PM


  14. Are you black, NotSafeForWork? If not, how about you stop telling us how to think or feel? How about you stop making assumptions? How about you stop holding us to a different standard than the rest of the nation; which in case you haven't figured it out is a racist thing to do. Blacks make up a little more than 13 percent of the U.S. That includes those of us that are under 18 and can't vote. It includes those of us that are apathetic. It includes those of us that are - shock! - gay. It includes those of us that have gay friends and relatives whom we support. It includes blacks that are atheists, agnostic, or just don't give a flying flip about what the CHURCH has to say about anything. And yes, it includes homophobes. This is called a red herring. There aren't enough of us to systematically oppress anyone in this country. But rather than deal with the real issue, you prefer to engage in a centuries old practice of demonizing black people. Congrats!

    Posted by: WilliamT | Feb 14, 2014 4:36:27 PM


  15. I agree there's more Racist White Gay Males than homophobic black people that is why gay black men don't feel apart of the gay community.

    Posted by: Jacob | Feb 14, 2014 4:50:48 PM


  16. @William T

    How about you stop telling me how to feel? You clicked on a story about homophobia and bigotry in the black community and if you can't deal with comments about homophobic and bigoted black people, then feel free to step off. Or perhaps since you have such a strong reaction to this, you should contact the producers of the documentary or add your comments to their video on YouTube.

    My original comment stands and I don't give one flip what you think about it.

    "I just don't understand how some members of a community that suffered due to oppression and bigotry would want to impose that ideal on others."

    My second original comment also stands.

    "That's hardly an excuse. People who have experienced such vile and determined oppression, which continues to this day, should know better."

    As well as my third.

    "Joe, it's not about you. The comment was directed to the posted story. If you a have different opinion, so be it and live your truth."

    Am I black? Are you? If you can't see the problem with a black person oppressing another person, or if you do and make excuses for it, then you are part of the problem, not the solution.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 4:58:18 PM


  17. @NOTSAFEFORWORK
    Make not mistake I'm not making accuses for homophobia.I'm black & gay I'm giving you the reason some black people feel the way that they do on these issues.I think movies like this are great because it brings black gays to the front so our brothers &sisters can't tells us that we dong count or matter.

    Posted by: James | Feb 14, 2014 5:04:14 PM


  18. @NOTSAFEFORWORK
    Make not mistake I'm not making accuses for homophobia.I'm black & gay I'm giving you the reason some black people feel the way that they do on these issues.I think movies like this are great because it brings black gays to the front so our brothers &sisters can't tells us that we dong count or matter.

    Posted by: James | Feb 14, 2014 5:04:14 PM


  19. @James

    ...and I continue to be surprised that some members of the black community would use that reasoning as validation to oppress someone else.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 5:10:09 PM


  20. I agree with Merv: the problem is mostly fundamentalist christian preachers fueling anti-gay animus. White fundamentalist cristians vote against us just as much as black fundamentalist christains do. Not seeing much of a difference there.
    But I think there's a side problem with straight men who feel like they have to say anti-gay sh*t to make sure they're not seen as gay in any way. There have been a lot of these comments coming from black men lately, especially after Jason Collins and Michael Sam went public.
    I'm hoping Sam will change this whole equation for the better. He's a pretty tough dude! I think Sam's skill and visibility will do a lot to make this crap unacceptable.

    Posted by: woody | Feb 14, 2014 5:21:18 PM


  21. @JACOB "I agree there's more Racist White Gay Males than homophobic black people that is why gay black men don't feel apart of the gay community."

    Great way to blame whitey. When you have to take a look in the mirror and have no good excuse, just blame whitey. That always works.

    Posted by: Shay | Feb 14, 2014 5:23:18 PM


  22. What the hell is the "African American community" anyways? In the 60s-70s when most blacks lived segregated from whites that might term might have fit.

    A black middle class person has more in common with a white middle class person than another black person living in poverty.

    People who are religious or lack exposure to gay people in their everyday lives, are going to be less receptive to the idea of equality. Or as they would put it, "special rights for gays".

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 14, 2014 5:23:38 PM


  23. It' easy to blame Christians, but it's not that simple.

    Unapologetic homophobia is also part of thug/rap/don't snitch inner city black male culture. Rap is by far the most homophobic and misogynistic music genre out there. Going to school and wanting to get an education is considered "gay" and "white acting." It's sad, but nothing will really ever change until the black community takes an honest effort to do so. Until then, the culture of being a victim and blaming everyone else for your problems will continue.

    Meanwhile in "racist" America, Asians and other non-white groups continue to work hard and THRIVE in this country. They don't blame people; they work their tails off and personify the American dream.

    Posted by: mmmhmmm | Feb 14, 2014 5:31:32 PM


  24. @ NotSafeForWork: We aren't here to live up to your expectations. But since you claim to care so damn much and are just so disappointed in blacks (who apparently who you something), what are you doing to liberate us from our backwards views? Perhaps you can start with Arenda Wright Allen. She's black and graduated from an historically black university. Oh wait. She's the judge that just struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. And get this! She thanks God and had a close relationship with her Presbyterian pastor. Say what? A black Christian who supports gays? Nope. Not possible. NotSafeForWork knows all there is to know about black people and this does not compute.
    (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/meet-judge-arenda-wright-allen-who-struck-down-virginias-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/2014/02/14/544d5bfa-9597-11e3-9616-d367fa6ea99b_story.html?hpid=z4)

    Posted by: WilliamT | Feb 14, 2014 5:35:56 PM


  25. @WilliamT

    Change your log in name to Uncle Tom and you will be all set. All you've been doing is complaining about comments about homophobia and bigotry in the black community on a post about homophobia and bigotry in the black community. You must be a genius.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 14, 2014 5:39:33 PM


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