Bishop Eddie Long and Male Rape
A few weeks ago when news broke about Bishop Eddie Long’s sexual exploitation of his church’s younger male patrons, one of my favorite news sites, Bossip, suggested the number would go as high as 30. I’ll admit the main blogger is a bit homophobic but for the most part, I tend to trust their sources. Anyway, what I found most interesting about the Eddie Long debacle, beyond the black church, beyond his hair piece, is that the hoards of cheering churchgoers inevitably made it that much more difficult for those other possible 26 victims to come out. In the end, it was clear who the more than 25,000 parishioners were more likely to believe.
It is fair to say that little good will come out of the Bishop Long scandal. It is possible he may still remain at the pulpit, that he will still preach to thousands about God, and that he will continue in his denial to perpetuate dangerous stereotypes about homosexuals. In many ways, he will inevitably become the victim of the gay regime and all those pushing for equality. Those who have been victimized will be seen as willing, as gold diggers, and as treacherous gay men trying to bring down the black church. Unfortunately, it will not be about male rape, as the revelation of male rape is almost always overshadowed by other circumstances. Either you were raped in prison which suggests you did something wrong in the first place or you were raped trying to join a gang, which shows you were doing wrong already. Either way, the issue of rape gets overshadowed.
Sadly, the Eddie Long drama hasn’t deepened the conversation about male on male sexual crime. Dave Chappelle does this skit about male rape and he makes it clear that it isn’t fashionable to admit to rape. Unfortunately, he is kind of right, you got to just “brush it off.”