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Sierra Mannie, 'Dear White Gay Men' Author Defends Article On CNN - VIDEO

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University of Mississippi senior Sierra Mannie appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss her article Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture that TIME Magazine republished earlier this week. In a conversation with host Don Lemon, a gay black man, and comedian H. Alan Scott, a gay white man, Mannie defended her piece, pointing out that she was chiefly concerned with appropriation of expressly black, female culture.

“I wasn’t talking about gay behavior, or like this idea that certain things are gay.” Mannie explained. “What I’m talking about are stereotypical black behaviors--coming up to me and calling me Shanaynay, or trying to talk to me when my hair was natural, that’s different.”

Scott, who penned an oppositional response to Mannie in Thought Catalog, took the Mississippi student to task on those points in her piece he felt were reductive and belittling to gay men.

“Culturally we have a right to communicate in ways that is not offensive.” Scott asserted. “We have to acknowledge the historical context here that many of the mannerisms that you spoke of in your article actually come from gay culture like Paris Is Burning, like Boys in the Band.”

Lemon, whose track record of discussing race on his program has left much to be desired in the past, split the difference between the two writers and elucidated one of Mannie’s more controversial statements.

“I know that there is a similarity in [gays, transgender, and questioning] people being discriminated against.” Lemon asserted. “It’s not the same as being an African American.”

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  1. This woman's writing is a warning about what happens when you extrapolate too much from far too little evidence.

    CNN is a warning about what happens when a so-called news channel can't decide whether it's business model is TMZ or the repulsive Fox News.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jul 13, 2014 11:01:50 AM

  2. She's doing that feminist thing again....

    Posted by: styler | Jul 13, 2014 11:12:57 AM

  3. "Appropriate." You keep using that word. I don't think that word means what you think it means./Inigo Montoya

    Appropriate: take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.

    Nobody is "taking" anything from Ms. Mannie. She still has her "expressly black, female culture." Every instance I've seen of gay white males expressing themselves in the way of, or stating that they are strong black women, it has been a form of emulation.

    Ms. Mannie has apparently never heard the expression "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 13, 2014 11:17:17 AM

  4. "“I know that there is a similarity in [gays, transgender, and questioning] people being discriminated against.” Lemon asserted. “It’s not the same as being an African American.”"

    Is he trying to say that when it comes to discrimination in America today, some group has it worse than Gays? What an idiot.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 13, 2014 11:18:09 AM

  5. I think this is much ado about nothing! There are plenty of other more important and relevant issues than what Ms. Mannie wrote about....I am not sure what Ms. Mannie is really concerned about, but what she writes does not warrant anything to be worried about

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 13, 2014 11:25:32 AM

  6. Wow, I guess I'll have to stop doing yoga and eating pizza now, because I'm neither Asian nor Italian.

    Posted by: borut | Jul 13, 2014 11:26:44 AM

  7. Who may or may not be more oppressed is irrelevant. This isn't a competition. The goal is to end ALL oppression. If one group's civil rights are in jeopardy, everybody's civil rights are potentially in jeopardy.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 13, 2014 11:29:22 AM

  8. Does she really think that we non-blacks have to "experience the ugliness of the black experience and systematic racism" to appropriate a few black mannerisms (that may have come from gay culture in the first place?). If I see a straight black woman camping and acting like a gay man, do I get to say that she cannot mimic us until she fully and honestly appreciates the specific prejudice of the historical gay experience? Nobody owns a copyright on a culture. The black family in the 1961 movie "A Raisin in the Sun" moves into an all-white suburb. Are they appropriating white culture by mimicing it? Kitchen with the modern appliances, backyard for Mama to plant her garden, and far way from the noisy black ghetto in Chicago? Black women straightening their hair -- is this appropriating another's culture and destroying their own?

    This black woman gives the impression that she's not dealing with her own issues: she professionally offended, she's surly, and she appears to be taking out some undefined problems on gay men. She nor any culture "owns" behavoral mannerisms. It's an open border.

    Posted by: will | Jul 13, 2014 11:33:23 AM

  9. Waits for angry racist white gays to respond in 5...4...3...2.. Oh they've already posted.

    Posted by: Jacob | Jul 13, 2014 11:41:26 AM

  10. she is a homophobic bigot. period.

    her argument is inherently bigoted and should be called out for what it is. period.

    Posted by: Bob Burns | Jul 13, 2014 11:42:42 AM

  11. She's an idiot and Lemon continues to be a disappointment.

    You can originate a culture, cultivate it and perpetuate it, but you can't own it. That's not how the world -- and reality -- works. The moment two cultures meet, they influence each other and the longer they're together, the more they influence each other.

    The end.

    Posted by: oncemorefeeling | Jul 13, 2014 11:55:28 AM

  12. Yes they have already posted. White people just don't get it. If you had to live as a Black person for six months you might comprehend what is being stated by Ms. Mannie and Lemon. Yes LGBTQ people(We) are discriminated against, assaulted, etc....but unless the people doing the discriminating know you are LBGTQ you generally get a pass. Imagine being Black and LBGTQ. Black people don't get a pass....we cant take off the melanin in our skin....everyone can see it from jump. But why do we keep trying to explain things to white people who are born into privilege in the USA just because of there skin tone, unless the privilege is taken away (people finding out you are LBGTQ) they refuse to acknowledge a problem exists.

    Posted by: dcspdrcr | Jul 13, 2014 11:57:29 AM

  13. Pretty ironic; I'm afraid this lady is a walking, breathing stereotype of the ultra-sensitive, in-your-face, angry black woman. Other posters have gone into it in greater detail, so I'll just stop here, except to say this: black people ARE NOT systematically discriminated against in the U.S. In fact, there are multiple examples of laws in place for many decades (40-50 years) that allow legal discrimination against others in black people's favor. There is ZERO basis in fact to claim black people (or other 'oppressed' minorities as determined by 'progressives') are discriminated against. That is not to say some groups aren't legally discriminated against, but they aren't based on skin color or if your last name is Garcia. Certainly, homosexuals are legally discriminated against. Anyone who has lost out on a job, school placement, etc. because they weren't part of the desired social engineering quota (or 'benchmark') was and is legally, systematically discriminated against. These are just some examples.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 13, 2014 11:57:42 AM

  14. Columbus(ing) is in full effect....on here.

    Posted by: dcspdrcr | Jul 13, 2014 12:01:11 PM

  15. Columbus(ing) is in full effect....on here.

    Posted by: dcspdrcr | Jul 13, 2014 12:01:11 PM

  16. It's amazing. This young woman speaks her mind, and the white gays lose their minds. She must be right.

    Posted by: Guy Johnson | Jul 13, 2014 12:02:46 PM

  17. @DCSPDRRCR - wrong. It's one thing to be discriminated against by society. It's a completely different thing to be discriminated against by your own family. Last timebI checked, black youth aren't disowned by their parents and kicked out of the house for being black.

    Posted by: Tre | Jul 13, 2014 12:02:51 PM

  18. She's hitting a nerve, that's all. Gay men (I'm one) are very touchy about the whole drag queen thing (not me though), because deep down they know that drag queens are an embarrassment and historical detritus. Drag queens (and I'm not speaking of transvestites here, but specifically am referring to show biz drag queens) are nothing but gender minstrels. They will go the way of blackface.

    Posted by: James | Jul 13, 2014 12:09:15 PM

  19. @Tre....please stay on topic. Ms. Mannie was not writing about interactions with immediate family. Which is a whole other discussion. We(society) cannot control what your family does...that is personal....but in public interaction(society) the level needs to be raised to where ALL are treated equally (with no privilege because you are white).

    Posted by: dcspdrcr | Jul 13, 2014 12:13:47 PM

  20. Tell me how black people are legally discriminated against. How? As a group they aren't, and in fact have laws in place that discriminate against others in their favor. There are examples in education, employment, housing,etc. If anybody is 'privileged' legally as a group it's black people. Homosexuals, including the dreaded White Male, are legally discriminated against. This is a simple fact.

    I guess the old adage about repeating a lie or falsehood often enough a lot of people don't question it is true.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 13, 2014 12:14:20 PM

  21. I'm tired of all this.

    Posted by: Harrison | Jul 13, 2014 12:21:07 PM

  22. Well said TRE

    Posted by: elwoodl | Jul 13, 2014 12:22:13 PM

  23. @ratbastard you are using your own statement....'I guess the old adage about repeating a lie or falsehood often enough a lot of people don't question it is true.'

    Of course there are no laws, anymore, but that does not change the stealth racism (privilege) that still goes on all to often. And considering that race is a 'made up' construct to divide people and used to control would think that people would SEE that by now...but those who have the privilege like that privilege, and fight mightily to keep it, albeit on the stealth tip these days...meaning no obvious laws on the books.

    Posted by: dcspdrcr | Jul 13, 2014 12:22:35 PM

  24. From the lips of Rupaul (the not white gay) :

    Oh No She Betta Don't !

    Posted by: Galaxy | Jul 13, 2014 12:24:52 PM

  25. I'll tell you what. When I was in high school, the only friends I had - being a skinny, effeminate white gay male - were BLACK GIRLS ! And to me they're not "Black," but my friends. I like Black Culture, so sue me. I never stole anything.

    Posted by: Allan | Jul 13, 2014 12:28:03 PM

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