Preference Or Prejudice

As the perpetrator of the now, it seems, infamous “black young and gay” advertisement (GN4) I can’t let R.L. Stratton-Watt’s Feedback letter in GN9 pass without comment.

Firstly, I would like to appologise to Mr Stratton-Watts and to any other black readers who feel as he does, for any offence caused them by my advertisement. I am well aware of the large sexual and male chauvinist component in racism, as epitomised by the familiar “would you let your daughter marry one?”. I accept that there will be those who will see my advert as perpetuating the black man as sex-object syndrome. Nonetheless, I justify myself on the following grounds.

Mr Stratton-Watts uses the words “prejudice and preference” in the same breath, as if they were synonymous. For me the essence of racialism is discrimination against a disadvantaged group, racially defined. Thus, to advertise for whites only would most certainly be racialist as it would extend the area from which blacks are excluded.

But to maintain the converse would not be true, as it would assume an equality of advantage between black and white, which in our racist society does not exist. To call discrimination in favour of a disadvantaged group “racialism” is to make nonsense of the word. If this seems like splitting hairs, consider this: I am Scottish and Scottish people are in no way discriminated against in Britain today. Would Mr Stratton-Watts have been so outraged if I’d advertised for a fellow Scottish gay?

I also detect in Mr Stratton-Watt’s rather involved argument an idea which appears fairly widespread in the gay movement and in GLF in particular and which seems a hip but direct descendant of medieval body-denial. According to this view, not just prejudice but also sexual preference is unliberated and wrong and one can and should dispense love phyical and spiritual, equally and indiscriminately to all men and women of all ages everywhere.

I cannot accept this neo-Gnosticism which seems to want to spiritualise physical sex out of existence and refuse to acknowledge its less ideal aspects. Male homosexuality is, after all, about cocks and spunk and arseholes as well as love, peace and revolution.

Some of us like black skins, some hairy limbs and chests, some huge cocks, some (like me!) are turned on by all three and more. If we can accept these preferences and integrate them into the rest of our personalities, we shall be able both to love and cherish and respect any guy/girl and thrill to his/her dark skin, leather knickers, green eyeshadow, or whatever makets us horny.

In the integrative process we may also find the compulsive aspect of those preferences diminishes.

It’s when an oppressive, sexist society makes men ashamed of their desires that the desires are split off and disowned and protected onto the minority group of the moment, to whom is attributed remarkable sexual prowess and who are feared as rivals and envied for their forbidden freedom. The prejudiced man hated himself by proxy, and the proxy is too often the gays and the blacks. The person who accepts his or her preferences is free to build constructive relationships with all sorts of people while realising that, quite involuntarily, he or she will be physically aroused more by some than by others.

This letter carries two signatures. The second is that of a wonderful black guy I met as a result of my advertisement. If nobody else got any pleasure out of it, we certainly did!

Feedback

As a negro male, and a well-bred one at that, I would like to make a comment on the censorship of racial prejudice advertisements, if I may call it that.

It would be very stupid of me to try to mediate between homosexuals with prejudices (black and white) and a paper whose leaders are trying to be different and futuristic. We all have our prejudices or preferences, ie some of us like ‘chicken’, leather, whipping, fellatio or oralism. and so it goes on.

I am all for advertisements from people stating their needs, not their requirements, and even that may be contradictory, but nonetheless, I doubt whether it is racialistic. I would never specifically state that I need a negro male, because I am not like that, though in the end one has the final choice. A white man may need me, and I may need him, I might also need a negro, but in the end it comes down to the vital necessary things love, character, sincerity, honesty, things racialists do not look for or need it seems. Though I would say let them publish their filthy ads, it is up to the editor.

I am sure the reason why these people want to put ads of this sort in Gay News is to destroy it, like everything else. I am sure that the petty, irate letters wanting racial ads prove that most of the homosexuals in England are petty, prejudiced, destructive, narcissistic and unchangeable.

The reason one gets ads like ‘Young black, gay, then white guy wants to meet you’ (or words to that effect) shows that lots of gay men still believe in myths and beliefs. Myths that all black men have huge cocks to set their backsides on fire, and because they are so deep in myths, they do not want change.

They do not think of love, just a quick dig. I am a negro, and if I like someone, not because he is white, but from where I am, I am a homosexual and he is a male. But whether he is what I am looking for will depend, not on his colour, but whether he is the sort of person that I can say is honest, sincere, genuine, and most of all, reliable and dependable. Now if there is a negro that I like, then he would have to have the same attributes, and if he has, then who cares.

I like all the pink people, and I like all the negroes, and all the other people, but when it comes down to the racialists, not that I don’t like them, I can’t stand them.

I thought that homosexuals had changed, but most of us seem to be still in the past, of oppression, and persecution.

I am of the opinion that like so many gay papers, and magazines, that have come and gone, those people who keep harping on to have their racial ads in Gay News, all they want to do is to fill it with filth, and destroy it, and it is up to any clean-thinking, liberal-minded homosexuals to make sure they don’t and as an English negro, like hell they will!