Part 3: Straight Talk
an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people.
First and foremost, I am a heterosexual black male who believes that strong family and love is the base for any effective revolution. Recently, I’ve been receiving criticism for what is viewed to be homophobic rhetoric. Upon reading the definition of homophobia, I honestly don’t feel as though my speech has met those requirements. I do not have an extreme aversion to people who live their lives opposite of what my belief system may be. This may sound a bit cliché, however that is one of the greatest things about living in America.
Specifically, in self-examining my diss record toward Charles Hamilton, I’ve ascertained that the bigger issue was not homophobia, but misogyny. Where I come from on the south side of Chicago, one of the worst things you can call a man is a girl or anything that represents one. Gay, sissy, fag all represent feminine characteristics in men. From everything I know of Charles Hamilton, he is not homosexual; but the traits that he exhibited, that led to my lashing out at him were in my opinion feminine.
When I speak about the tight and pink clothing which is not just worn by Charles, but other male artists, this is also a style that doesn’t necessarily represent homosexuals but women. I can’t deny I was raised with an old school value system. Blue is for boys; pink is for girls. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to answer for concerning my misogynistic statements over the last few years—and even the future ones in songs that have yet to hit the market. But what is most interesting is that in all of the correspondence I received, not one person brought this up as an issue.
Dr. King once said, “An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.” However, we see in myself, and every other rap artist the words nigga, baldheaded hoes, black bitch—we even have an old school jam, “Yo Mama’s on Crack Rock”. All of this goes uncontested by the mainstream. But the moment an artist says “You should do what we do/stack chips like Hebrews” (Jadakiss, All About the Benjamins) or “The white man gets paid off of all of that” (Kanye West, All Falls Down) the censor button is immediately pushed.
Yes. I called Charles Hamilton a faggot. Multiple times. At this point, there is no more beef. He did what he did, I said what I said, and he is acting appropriately by not responding. As far as I know, his sexuality is not in question, just his personality and character.