I played basketball all my life and there were always guys you suspected were gay or were convinced for what ever reason(s) were gay. It didn't matter as long as they were able to play the game. And I say this as a person who is not caught up in the present homophilia engulfing the Western world. We cared about how you played the game--were you a team player, did you have game. When I was younger there was an outstanding player name Dave D, who could "shake and bake" you, and then dunk on you too. He was ahead of his time in some ways, and he was gay. We couldn't understand it. How could he be so nice, so dominant and gay at the same time? But I'll bet you $100 to a buckle of feces that if a person had first pick, Dave D was going to be it.
Will Collins' coming out inspire other young athletes to come out. I don't think so--they are going to come out anyway--it is a sign of the times. People are becoming more accepting of gay people. Before I retired from the classroom I surveyed many students and was surprised to see young men who I thought would be intolerant of homosexuality, were not. There has been a major shift on the part of Afrikan Americans, a group who has historically been homosexually intolerant and socially conservative, we now find among its youthful population, a growing acceptance of alternative lifestyles. I think many have been sold the idea that "Gays" are the new Blacks, and that their movement parallels the earlier Civil Rights Movement.
So what is the media hype around Collins really about? Did it warrant a call from the President Obama, praise by former President Clinton or a possible deal from Nike or his face possibly being on a Wheaties box? I don't think so. The media hype is both a flexing of the muscles of the gay right movement, and an entrenching of their growing political power. And in this sense, Collins is simply a convenient pawn. Black homosexuality in America is as old as slavery. It resulted from homosexual masters imprinting slave boys, and to a lesser extent from the practice of "buck-breaking," the brutal raping of those slaves who master felt needed to be put "back in their place." The Black church has nurtured it, as it has been its dirty little secret. But the recent increase in homosexual behavior, inclusive of the down-low phenomenon, is cause for alarm. With the alarming deterioration in Black male-females relationship, which is the foundation of heterosexism and human existence, homosexism is becoming a "viable" alternative. The logical extension of this is GENOCIDE--I'm not charging that yet but I am concerned about the male-female relationship and its role as the foundation of society. This requires our immediate attention as the conscious cultivation of men and women is a cultural imperative. Why do I take this position--because I believe in Maat, Afrikan centeredness, and the survival of us as a race. And if a practice is not based on Maat, then it should not be encouraged. If it is a recessive tendency in nature, then it should not be treated as if it is the senior or primary one. My view is a pronatalist one that will ensure our survival.
P.S. It's that simple.