Continuing the discussion from Billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker (Report):
I feel like this is an interesting and separate topic, so I forked.
I think there may be a little more to it than that, I think that the issue of orthogonality that @japhroaig raised really clarified things for me, because I don’t see these things as inherently orthogonal at all. I think that while you cannot blame homosexuality for a particular kind of racism or sexism, it doesn’t change the unique and often pervasive character of racism and sexism among homosexuals (in this case, gay men in particular.) I think that there are wholly different dynamics at play that can’t be reduced to: Gay white people are just as racists, or racist in the same way as other white people.
I’ll give you an example from the Muslim community. I was talking with a Muslim black guy once way back when I was Muslim and living in Atlanta. He was talking about informal racism in the Muslim community, and mainly talking about the racism he got from the Desi community (Indians, Pakistanis, Bengalis, etc.) He said he knew the slurs in Urdu and Hindi and that he recognized their use when people assumed he didn’t. Now, when we’re talking about this breed of racism, we’re talking about something that I consider to be very different from standard American racism. This racism is a function of disapproval of American Afro-American Muslim practice and a perceived theological impurity related to the roots of Nation of Islam and the peculiar manner in which African Americans formed Muslim communities.
However, this racism is also a function of people living with American cultural dominance abroad. If you watch American movies and that’s all you know about African Americans, you’re going to get a terrible impression of the community as a whole. First generation immigrants (of which there are a lot in the Muslim community I’m referring to) learned about African Americans before ever meeting any through American movies and TV shows and then by word of mouth. I have not yet determined if holdover ideas from the Muslim caste system in that region has any influence here. This generates a unique strand of racism in that particular community which is itself marginalized. But that strand of racism, as I think I’ve illustrated, is unique in its particular character and is a function of the subculture in a way that is irreducible to specific race and class dynamics and is systemic within the community.