And now it’s time for another installment (Okay, okay this is the FIRST installment–so don’t go searching the Archives section. I just like the way “another installment” sounds.) of “Dear Fierce Black Queen.” In which I tackle the thousands and thousands of e-mails the Queen receives (Again, bold-face lie. It just makes me feel impressive.) asking for advice on all matters of importance and interest.
This one is from Wary in Wisconsin:
Dear Fierce Black Queen
I am a not so fierce black queen living in Milwaukee, WI in the Brown Deer area. With the results of the recall battle between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett, I’m wondering if you think it’s safe for a middle-aged black queen to continue to live in this area?
I know that, despite what pundits and supporters of the governor say, this is not necessarily a harbinger of things to come for our state and the country at large. I understand that one of the reasons for the governor’s win has a lot to do with the fact that each candidate basically kept 90% of their base—and Walker outspent Barrett by a margin of about 10-1. I also understand that exit polls indicate that a majority of us Milwaukeeans who voted, still say we will support President Obama for re-election in the general election.
That said, I cannot help but feel like an endangered species. And I understand that a part of what is becoming a clear tide of conscious and unconscious anger from the more conservative Americans in this country stems from similar feelings as mine. However I am beginning to recognize that I am caught in that tidal undertow. Being gay in this society brings its own set of issues to the Conservative Table. Being gay, AND black, AND a middle-aged male…well, as the venerable Isabel Sanford said as Tillie in the landmark film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? “All hell done broke loose now!”
Is it just me, or do you sense a seismic shift in the way Americans view this country? I know our nation has had more than its share of divisions and upheavals. As much as my nieces and nephews want to believe it, I wasn’t around during the Civil War. But it wouldn’t surprise me to know that there was a similar feeling of unrest when the issue of slavery was brought up. There seems to be so much unspoken feeling about where our country is headed in terms of ethnicity, race and culture. The idea that, for the first time, there are more babies of color being born in this country is scaring the SHIT out of some people in this nation. I haven’t checked the figures, but it wouldn’t surprise me if NRA membership has increased since this President took office. All of this has economic and political ramifications that it seems to me don’t fit well with governor Walker and his constituents.
Now, I know I could simply go to work, and then head over to Woody’s and hang out with my gay brothers and sisters until this all works itself out. And I already hear you saying that all this unrest really means that we’re not complacent any more; and that every moment of change in our history probably started with moments like yesterday’s election. But I just paid for my bi-weekly manicure at Sephora. I’m not ABOUT to chip my nails up in no race riot.
So tell me FBQ: should I stay, or should I go?
Wary In Wisconsin
Pack your Gucci and get the Hell out of Dodge.