J. PHAROAH DOSS
Saturday, August 16,
He announced what? When? Before the draft! What round is he going in? He’s projected to go in the second or third…
my God! How bold! How brave!
Sport reporters had to confirm the accuracy of the
report. Bloggers didn’t care. They were off and typing.
HIGHLY TALENTED NFL PROSPECT
ANNOUNCES THAT HE’S GAY
The NFL had no comment.
spokes person for The President, the one that stated at a press conference that
if he had a son he wouldn’t want him to play football, believed that if drafted
this prospect would be treated like Jackie Robinson.
Williams, 30, unpublished novelist, blogger, and black conservative turned on
his computer hoping to find a serious topic to write about under his pseudonym¾Bucky Wheat¾for his blog: Uncle Tom’s great grand child. He checked the news categories: US…Crime & Justice…World…nothing…nothing
…nothing. Then Sports, the headline that
caught his attention stated:
ANNOUNCMENT BY THE NFL’S FIRST POSSIBLE GAY PLAYER
Colin read the post of other bloggers that commented
on the story, most gave praise, many wondered if the NFL was ready for an
openly gay player, some wondered if his draft status would fall, but all agreed
that it was an act of bravery.
noticed the Jackie Robinson reference from the White House. He loathed comparisons between the gay rights
movement and the historical civil rights movement. He mumbled, “Yeah right, as if Jackie
Robinson had to announce he was black.”
Jones, 32, graduate from Morgan State University, barged in, noisy and nosy,
she ate potato chips and smacked her lips.
She stood behind her boyfriend to see what he was he was writing, if
anything. The interruption was routine,
expect for the potato chips, normally it was microwave popcorn.
and Colin loved each other. They lived
together. They didn’t like to be
apart. They didn’t even like to be in
different rooms in the same apartment, but their departure was politics. Neither were ideologues but Colin was right
of center and Julie was left.
wiped her mouth and read the computer screen.
“Oh! I was talking to my brother
about that earlier. You know he--”
have gone pro if he didn’t tear his knee.”
Achilles.” She corrected.
did he say?”
blog is disgraceful and embarrassing.”
laughed, “He’s never read Richard Wright.”
doesn’t read fiction. But I told you.”
told me what?”
were going to be offended.”
did he say about the announcement?”
probably spread, and the league does their own background checks.”
it?” Colin was disappointed. He hoped her opinionated brother had a
perspective he could borrow and turn into a blog post.
the league actually do that?”
do you think, Julie?”
don’t know what the league does.”
said ‘Good for him’.”
shouldn’t have to hide who he is.”
is that who he is?”
didn’t make the announcement.”
you agree with the bloggers?”
did they say?”
be yourself without compromise? Of
about this Jackie Robinson comparison?”
understand the similarities.”
is discrimination.” Julie stated like
Colin needed to be reminded of a forgotten fact.
were never heterosexual and homosexual water fountains.”
what are the similarities?”
they are being discriminated against. I
hope you’re not making a childish comparison--”
sounds like your saying we’ve been treated worse than you so there’s no
similarities. Let me ask you this. Whose death was worse the people in
Auschwitz or people in Hiroshima?”
raised his index finger to respond.
answer that. It’s a dumb
comparison. They’re both crimes against
slavery and Jim Crow. It’s deeper than
discrimination, Julie. Civil rights
demonstrators wore signs that said ‘I AM A MAN’. Why did they do that?”
all men are created equal and they demanded equality.”
laughed, “You miss the point. Segregation
wasn’t about discrimination. It was
dehumanizing process, and they wore those signs to affirm their humanity. This guy isn’t announcing he’s a man. He’s announcing he’s gay. There’s a big difference.”
that doesn’t dismiss the bravery of the announcement.”
live in a society that has gay marriage and gay pride parades. It’s accepted. What’s brave about it?”
is it accepted in that elite macho fraternity called the NFL? Think about that before you write anything,
started to walk out. Colin stopped
her. He handed her a stack of old
newspapers to throw away. Julie set the
newspapers by the wastebasket in the kitchen.
The newspaper on top of the stack was The New York Times. On the bottom of the front page was a
TRIES TO SANITIZE ITSELF OF GAYS
Nigeria’s president signed a harsh
criminalizing homosexuals throughout
county last month, arrest of gay people
multiplied, advocates have been forced
some people fearful of the law
sought asylum overseas…
Doss was born in Pittsburgh in 1975. He attended Geneva College. His writing
has appeared in The New Pittsburgh Courier, The Shepherd, and Commonline/The E