Morehouse College Offers LGBT Course To Stamp Out Fear of Topics
Morehouse Offers LGBT Course To Stamp Out Fear of The Topic
The Maroon Tiger recently reported on the launch of a new LGBT course at Morehouse College. The brainchild of a Morehouse campus LGBT advocacy leader and a Yale professor, the course will deliver theoretical insight into LGBT pop cultural, political and social structures.
The report states this will not be an item placed on the front page of Morehouse.edu, but they feel its a “giant step towards campus inclusion and the ultimate embrace of gay Men of Morehouse.”
In recent years, Morehouse has offered its campus and its students as worthy ambassadors on the subject of homosexuality both at the college and in the black community at large. While still battling the stigma of not wanting to talk about, recognize or accept gay men into its elite culture and legacy, faculty leadership has taken the lead on acknowledging a basic truth necessary for the growth of the college; that ostracizing gay brothers on campus is, on levels intended or otherwise, ostracizing gay brothers in Atlanta and throughout the Diaspora, a practice that would never be in good keeping with Morehouse’s mission, geography or social future.
For an influential few, embracing gay men as classmates and graduates is an endorsement of homosexuality, or more specifically, an endorsement of effeminate behavior and culture. These few work diligently behind the scenes to pressure Morehouse leadership and its key supporters to create distance between the school’s legacy and a growing segment of the college’s future entrepreneurs, scholars, educators and community servants – simply because they are gay.
Though Morehouse is not the first to add this kind of course to their curriculum, it will oust the stigma of many down low black gay men who reside in the Atlanta area. News reports and people in the community know that Atlanta is known for the straight looking black man may not be just that. This is not us speaking alone but what we know personally as we resided in the community and the culture was discussed by many black women.
Back in the early 1990’s, some California State Universities were one of the firsts to offer LGBT courses as an option to fulfill graduation requirements.
It’s evident that the institution is rationalizing a way to soothe hate crime activity and the gay community at the school at the same time. But is it really needed or a way to offer peace against violence against gays or both?