The Queen is travelling right now, which makes posting difficult. For that, I do apologize. However I am also struggling with feelings brought up by my post on Trayvon Martin and how to handle them in terms of this blog.
As in my “About” statement, one of my main goals for starting FBQ was to give a voice to a sparsely represented group on the web: middle-aged black gay men. And while the Queen adores sharing his musings about Rupaul’s Drag Race and other rather frothy fare, there are times when other issues fill my thoughts.
Except for the stalwart Miss Things who humble me by making a comment on practically every post I offer, the hits and comments on the two posts I’ve made which directly address issues of black men are the lowest in number. In fact Tea Time III, in which I address comments that CNN news reporter, Roland Martin made while tweeting during the Super Bowl, is the only post that doesn’t have a comment at all (the fact that all the other posts DO is what REALLY blows my mind–thank you all).
I swear to you: the Queen is NOT trying to have whine with his cheese. Not every post on FBQ is going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
However, in the wake of Trayvon Martin–and the re-commitment I’ve found to him and all the young men who have been imprisoned by America’s perception of them, I would like to use this platform to explore why.
But I’m torn. Thanks to Miss Things (and I hope y’all realize that I use that term without gender specificity) like mefein1 and many others, my viewership has grown exponentially. I know that if I spend more time talking about difficult subjects, I will lose some of those viewers who don’t want to get into something deep over coffee in the morning. I will have to wrestle with that on my own. And I will.
But before I head off to prepare for my night at another Motel 6, I had to ask–and I will truly appreciate your unbiased candor on the subject–why, as a nation, do you think we find it so hard to talk about black men? Is it fear? Is it shame? Is it ennui? Or is it something that I, as a Black Man, just have no clue of?
The Queen will return you to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow with a recap of Drag Race. Hope all you Miss Things had a great day, and have a lovely evening.