|Actor Rockmond Dunbar|
Private Practice, a spin-off from the popular television show Grey's Anatomy (both of which are executive produced by Shonda Rhimes) recently featured an episode guest-starring Rockmond Dunbar. In it, Dunbar plays a closeted man who makes the long, hard decision to come out to his wife.
It's no surprise that the predominant narrative in much of the mainstream media regarding homosexuality (especially black homosexuality) is the so-called down low man. It's no coincidence that this is happening at precisely the same time that the SGL community is seeking its civil rights. And for students of history, the motive is not difficult to discern: It's an attempt to distract Les Misérable from the true source of their woe (the wealthy elite and greedy corporations) by giving them a target upon which to heap their fears, frustrations, and violence. An effective strategy to be sure.
History has shown us that there's always someone for whom the conflict between two (usually degraded) groups is advantageous. The culprit is revealed by asking one simple question: Who benefits?
But I digress.
Watch the compiled clip below as Rockmond's character is revealed to have infected his white twink hustler boyfriend with HIV (his boyfriend is a hustler and smart enough to use a condom, but Rockmond's character is not). This allows the show's white cast of characters to save Rockmond's unsuspecting wife from infection, then teach Rockmond how to be a man.
The American panic narrative remains unchanged. It's vital that as a SGL individual, you define yourself--that you become yourself.