March 29, 2006 by Marc Lamont Hill
It’s that time again! In what has become a spring tradition, BET is returning our collective attention to the “down low” phenomenon with yet another show dedicated to this “crisis.” In spite of the work of brilliant scholars and activists such as Keith Boykin, who wrote the incredibly important “Beyond the Down Low” in response to JL King’s “On The Down Low”, many of us still adhere to a misguided set of beliefs about Black male sexuality. Instead developing a more nuanced and complicated set of understandings about what it means to be male or straight or gay, we have become obsessed with the most sensationalist, reductive, and ultimately inaccurate information available. Some of this misinformation includes: DL men are gay but won’t admit it, only Black men are on the DL, the DL is a new phenomenon, and the DL is making Black women the largest group of AIDS casualties in the world.
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