by Justin Jones, a white man who cares about black women dying of AIDS
During the release of J. L. King’s Book, ‘On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep with Men‘, a few years ago seems like it was just a money making gig among black preachers. Now, since popularity of the book has died down, you do not hear of the concern for black women dying of AIDS. Black ministers like Pastor James Meeks of Chicago, Illinois and various Bishops and Pastors preached in regards of black women who were losing their lives to their husbands and boyfriends who were having discreet affairs with other men. Specifically, Bishop Bobby Hilton (of Word of Deliverance Ministries) and even Pastor James Meeks (of Salem Missionary Baptist Church) seemed so angry, he was shaming black men in own church. At the time, it seems like J. L. King’s popularity was helping them gain sales from their sermons available on CD/DVD. The cases of AIDS among African American women are no lower than a few years ago, when J. L. King’s book first came out on the market. Why have they decided to leave the subject alone? Are there no more sales coming in? Are their sermons based on the popularity of gossip or should they be based on what is yet going on, in and out of the black church. Sometimes, you cannot help but wonder, if souls are really being fed for the sake of salvation or sales. It just could be now that ministers like Pastor James Meeks and various ministers are keeping silent, because they now have mega ministries that sometimes fellowship with white church attendees and such a sermon would be an embarrassment. At the time of Senator James Meeks regards of black women dying of AIDS, because of Down Low Brothers, his congregation was very small to what it is now. Does Senator James Meeks care about the issues of what is still going on now in the black community or-is he just too big now to preach what is no longer popular?
If preachers who used to speak out about Brothers On The Down Low like Pastor James Meeks or Bishop Bobby Hilton who now have mega ministries start preaching about it again, will they still be accepted by big time ministers who are now their close friends now that they are in the big leagues?
However, J. L. King is still concerned about Down Low Brothers hurting black women and is still speaking out about it.