Irene Monroe: The notion that it is acceptable for African Americans to use the n-word with each other yet it is considered racist for others outside the race to use it unquestionably sets up a double standard.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Front and center of the commercial’s narrative arch is the misappropriation of the iconic and viral photo of Ieshia Evans.
Irene Monroe: The Stonewall Riot of June 27-29, 1969 in Greenwich Village started on the backs of working class African American and Latino queers who patronized that bar. Those brown and Black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but have been bleached from its written history.
Irene Monroe: It’s the revulsion some heterosexuals feel toward the way we LGBTQ people engage in social and sexual intimacy. Altering the hearts and minds of these folks might take a while, if not a lifetime.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Oprah’s remarks, however, resonated with a generation that’s shaped by a heterosexist male-dominated movement rather than a non-hierarchical, diffuse model with an intersectional analysis that “Black Lives Matter” activists are illustrating.