Gays Bleed a Lot: Colin Flaherty on “Black on Gay Violence”

Colin Flaherty is an award-winning journalist and radio host and a former speech writer for the Chair of the U.S. commission on Civil Rights. His best-known and most controversial book, White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it, details “an epidemic of black mob violence all over the country” against Jews, Asians and other groups. For a new, fourth edition of White Girl Bleed a Lot, Flaherty wrote a chapter on “Black-on-Gay” violence. This chapter also appeared as an article in the conservative blog World Net Daily (www.wnd.com), one that is not known for being gay-friendly.

“The editors of World Net Daily are truth-friendly to the extreme,” Flaherty explains. “What is noteworthy to me is to the extent that the gay media have ignored, excused and even condoned this black-mob on gay violence.”

Flaherty begins by quoting Black, gay CNN anchor Don Lemon, who told the New York Times that being gay is "about the worst thing you can be in black culture."

Flaherty points out various examples of Black homophobia, from lopsided votes against same-sex marriage in California and North Carolina to “Black antipathy toward gay people featured in the work of the most popular black hip hop performers.” He then goes on to discuss the “anti-gay violence that plagues the black community,” reporting incidents of Black mob violence in Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, Boston and Washington, DC. “The level of homophobia within the black community is overwhelming, and in a most calculated way, they spin it to blame gays, when they themselves are voting against LGBT rights at best, and attacking gays at worse. Time to confront the elephant in the room and stop being so politically correct. Black homophobia is celebrated in the black community and no longer does the LGBT community have to stand for it.”

Flaherty explains that he writes “about black mob violence. Not crimes committed by individuals.” He adds that “there is no question that black mob-on-gay-violence exists far out of proportion. I do not know why. My book and articles do not explain causes or solutions. I am just the guy sitting by the side of the road and watching it all go by. And not afraid to say what I see.” Even so, Flaherty is highly critical of hip hop music, where he says “violence against gay is an everyday fact of life.” “Hundreds, if not thousands of examples are easy to find on Google. All you have to do is read the lyrics,” he notes. Unfortunately, victims of black mob violence “are often afraid to talk about it as well. They don’t want people to think they are racial.”

As a white man writing about race, Flaherty’s opinions are quite controversial. He does not let that bother him, pointing out the rules that he follows in his book and in his articles: “No generalizations. No stereotypes. But also, no apologies.”

“There are only two criticisms you can make,” Flaherty notes. “One, I got the facts wrong, which I do not” and “two, whites and Asians and Eskimos and Amish are also committing these hyper violent and lawless acts around the country - and the press is ignoring it. If that is the case, let me know. I will write that book too. People will be standing in line to publish that. . . I did get a kick out of one person who said my facts were racist.”

Flaherty does not write much about gay Blacks, who are often ignored by the media when they deal with the issue of “blacks vs. gays.” He admits that, “after my article appeared, a lot of people pointed out that many of the gay victims of black mob violence are black.” However, if there is a reason behind this, Flaherty does not know or care: “I don’t do the ‘because.’ That would require mind reading. Or it would require the predators to issue a press release or carry signs that say they hate gay people,” he says. “But isn’t it strange that for all the hundreds of universities that have professors and students of black history and gay studies, that almost none of them write about it? Ten years ago, they could have gotten away with saying ‘this is not true.’ But today, with YouTube and Google, the truth is easy to find; the dots are easy to connect. What is not easy is finding people with the courage to do it.”

The response to Flaherty’s book and article, he says, “has been good on a lot of levels. The reaction from black people varies. [Conservative, African-American writer] Thomas Sowell said he had no idea how bad the problem was until he read White Girl Bleed a Lot. Other black people shrug their shoulders and say ‘yeah, you don’t have to tell me. I live it every day.’ The people who react most negatively to it are white liberals.” As for the LGBT media, the response “has been disheartening. I can only characterize the response as cowardly.”

As part of his research, Flaherty sent an email to 350 reporters who are gay or who cover gay issues, asking them of any incidents of black-on-gay violence, and once again the response was “mixed. I probably got 50-60 replies. Most said they did not know anything about that. Others pointed me in the direction of people who might know. Some wished me luck. A few called me names and said I had no right to write about that. And a few others gave me long rambling explanations that explained nothing at all.” Meanwhile, “in the last month, there have been serious episodes of racial violence in Durham, Erie, Wilmington, Chicago, Savannah, and lots of other places. I am getting more information than I can handle.” In other words, “I will do another edition.”


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