Was Malcolm X Bisexual…what difference does it make?
Was Malcolm X Bisexual…what difference does it make? The late Dr. Marable’s book about Malcolm X described him as a man who engaged in sex with male and female partners. Perhaps, one reason this book was vilified, especially within the African American community, is that we often struggle with shame associated with sexual expression that contradicts the Koran, the Bible, or the preacher. Yet, countless preachers and televangelists are trying to outrun their own sexual shadows to no avail. For example, the founder of Christian television’s Trinity Broadcasting reputedly paid $425,000 for his male partner’s silence about their tryst. Concomitantly, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Moravian, and other mainstream denominations continue to ordain openly gay and lesbian pastors.
As a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, males within my identity group uniquely struggle with validation and self-worth as “real men”. Unfortunately, millions of us self-medicate via fatherhood, marriage, violence, promiscuity, alcoholism, drug addiction, and sports addiction, etc. If you are incredulous, then please study “The New Jim Crow” and follow the Class of 2000. Notwithstanding an unprecedented high dropout rate and felony conviction rate, what are these men doing now? In addition to an exposé of pederasty during antiquity, VICE’s textbook also postulates that “Southern gentlemen” surreptitiously indulged in amours with Negro men and catamites during and after slavery. More recently, a former clubhouse manager for the Boston Red Sox reputedly had a penchant for seducing black boys. Akin to prison rape, might his sexual subjugation leave indelible emotional scars on any man’s sense of virility? Similarly, with well over one million convicted felons in our communities, who also have engaged in homosexuality for years, can we afford not to discuss the wounds within us? After time served, gentlemen, does proclaiming, “I ain’t no punk!”, copulating, and fathering a child prove one’s “manhood”? Or should marriage remain the substrate for providing a blessed, loving family for nurturing children? Unabashedly, VICE’s workshops face these permutations of male sexual expression and seek to fix them. Brothers, if we embrace silence and ignorance, then collateral damage will ensue for countless others. For example, some African men infected with AIDS believe they can be cured by having sex with virgins! http://www.nytimes.com/…/grappling-with-south-africa-s… Thus, such ignorance now has precipitated an epidemic of child rape in South Africa. Whenever we embrace our ignorance, at the expense of our intelligence, we manifest behaviors that are detrimental to our self-actualization and success. Stated differently, WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. Ergo, as a man who also has experienced intimacy with both male and female partners, I created a fictional father son dyad wherein a divorced, Army officer shared his bisexuality with his twelve year old son. http://www.theguardian.com/…/malcolm-x-bisexual-black… Via his Dad being transparent about puberty, teen pregnancy, pedophilia, pornography, masturbation, incest, child molestation, date rape, etc., Junior developed a sense of confidence in his “manhood” few teenagers ever experience! For example, Junior knew where to draw the line when “messing around” with a cheerleader at her house, a cousin sleeping over, and his basketball teammates after the State Championship game. Junior also intervened for a friend by discussing forced fellatio in the boy’s bathroom with his high school principal. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-garam/first-sexual-experience_b_1825191.html Junior’s homophobic grandfather, however, savagely beat his Dad upon catching him fooling around with a male cousin when they were teenagers. Yet, this same grandfather molested his youngest brother when he was a teenager. In the context of classic Freudian projection, many men still resort to denial, drug addiction, domestic violence, alcoholism, promiscuity, and even rape via not having reconciled their sexual history vis-a-vis their image of a “real man”. VICE’s pedagogy clearly demonstrates that virtuous men, such as Junior’s Dad, must become the Moses for today’s adolescent males crossing the “Red Sea” of puberty if they are to reach adulthood unscathed. Hypothetically, if 79% – 97% of males in any city in the US will be propositioned by another male prior to reaching age twenty-one, then where and to whom can such a boy or teenager turn for undefiled Platonic and Paternal love? Without beating anyone up with a fifty-pound Bible, we invite men of all races [members only] to VICE’s unique Level I, Level II, and Level III workshops to deal with “guy stuff” in third person rather than in first person. Rather than removing your fig leaves, I prefer to be extremely candid about the A’s and F’s on my moral report card. Thus, you can extrapolate from my testimony how Jesus Christ also might save your loved ones or deliver you from your own “sexual mistakes”. Lastly, VICE’s Level IV and V workshops [www.victoryNchrist.net] are exclusively for self-actualized Christian men who embrace the Holy Bible as a praxis for irreproachable and holistic male bonding. Rather than condemning or stoning each other, VICE’s cathartic workshops create more virtuous fathers, husbands, brothers, clergy, coaches, cops, correctional officers, and mentors. Ergo, what difference would it make if Malcolm X, MLK, Pres. Obama, your great-grandfather, your grandfather, all of your uncles, and even your father share the same sexual shadow? Explain. Remember, WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it, inconsequential to whatever “it” is!