March 22, 2012
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I know what it feels like to be called ‘nigger’ and I know what it feels like to be called ‘faggot’ and I can sum up the difference in one word: none. -Mel Boozer

Mel Boozer, a black gay man and delegate to the 1980 DNC, spoke for millions of people who were too black for the gay community and too gay for the black community. Racism and homophobia may not be the same, but the sting of oppression hurts anyone who is its victim. We may imagine that one epithet is less offensive than another, but for the person on the receiving end, pain is pain.

I have a name and I deserve to be called by it.

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Respecting the Soul: Daily Reflections for Black Lesbians and Gays

Keith Boykin

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