Thus the church failed to recognize gays and lesbians

Info icon This preview shows pages 6–9. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Thus, the church failed to recognize Gays and Lesbians in their midst. The Black Church like most other churches teaches that anything other than heterosexuality is a sin. And if you do commit homosexual acts, then you either need to repent or you will burn in hell. Now Black people who normally feel comfortable in the Black Church will feel uneasy because they aren’t allowed to express all of who they are or open and honest with everyone else. So they
Image of page 6

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
begin to hide who they are, or oppress people who identify with being gay. And anyone who potentially goes against or speaks out against the Black Church is usually labeled as a sellout or traitor. “This labeling is a powerful weapon used to silence any African American who criticizes, in this respect, a black church system that has historically subordinated heterosexual women, lesbians, and gay men” (Their Own Received Them Not, Griffin, p.111). While trying to keep the community unified, they have done so in a hegemonic patriarchal way. The Black Church also participates in the oppression of Black women. In the text Gender Talk by Cole and Guy-Sheftal, they illustrate how the Black Church has been continuing the subjugation of Black women even after slavery and till this day. In a quote by Charles Nero, he says, “Historically, religion has served as a liberating force in the African American community… The organized black church, however, has oppressed its constituents, as evidence by its historical practice of sexism” (p.102). This highlights the fact that although the church has been a driving force in unifying the community, it has undeniably unrecognized women as equal to men. If they were considered as equal to men, they wouldn’t be seen as lesser and neglected. In the operational-ization of capitalism with patriarchy, from most important to least the spectrum of people go from white heterosexual men, white gay men, white women, straight men of color, and then women of color. So through this, one reason the oppression of Black women occurs emerges. Black men have always fought to obtain equal status as White men, but have failed at gaining any power. By asserting their power over Black women, they are perpetuating the ideal of “white male hegemonic masculinity” even though they will never really be able to truly obtain it in a society dominated by white male patriarchy. Even though, there is the illusion that they do have power and control through the Black Church.
Image of page 7
While the African American community has put a taboo on Black sexuality, they have also promoted the exploitation of it, or at least not condemned its exploitation. It has become so normative in our society, that even Black women don’t understand when they are contributing to the perpetuation of these stereotypes of their own race and gender. Especially in hip hop, the sexualizing of Black women is overbearing. In the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes it tells us that the only way men are allowed to relate with women publicly is through sexuality.
Image of page 8

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 9
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern