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Critical Rhetorics of Race$
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Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762226

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762226.001.0001

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N-word vs. F-word, Black vs. Gay

N-word vs. F-word, Black vs. Gay

Uncovering Pendejo Games to Recover Intersections

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Critical Rhetorics of Race

Catherine R. Squireso

NYU Press

This chapter shows how dominant media stories pitted and ranked one marginalized group (blacks) against another (LGBTQ) by highlighting the anti-gay epithets made by black male celebrities, who served as responsible exemplars for the larger black U.S. culture. Such logics reduced all gays to being white males and all blacks (especially black males) to being straight and homophobic. Indeed, allegations about black homophobia are a recurring topic in media discourse, such as rappers' homophobic lyrics, black men “on the down low,” and black clergy supporting anti-gay ballot initiatives. In doing so, the media framed black and gay communities as distinctive and essentially de-intersecting black and gay identities.

Keywords:   Black community, gay community, anti-gay epithets, black male celebrities, black U.S. culture, black homophobia

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