This is very moving. During the same week that several gay teens were violently attacked and killed across the country, popular YouTube and Twitter personalities ShawnQT and FiveBlackGuys re-enact these disturbingly all-too-common attacks. It's a short video but packs plenty of punch. A montage of familiar scenes from the Civil Rights Movement brings the message home. Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" accompanies the video, a good selection for its theme and also to helps to attract younger viewers.
One young gay man responds: "This vid was sad and heartbreaking but its the truth...its sad that we as gay people have to experience such hate just for being true to ourself... a couple of weeks ago i was threathen by some guys i didnt even know they called me faggot they said to me get off this street before they kick my ass u faggot....i was just walking to the store minding my own bussiness they had so much hate in their eyes that it actually scared me thank God i wasnt attacked."
Thankfully he wasn't hurt. Many others are not so lucky.
ShawnQT and FiveBlackGuys are just several examples of young black gay men using new media and social networking platforms to fill the void left by traditional media. I like what they're doing. Via Darian Aaron: Watch the video WHEN YOU JUMP.