I've heard from a couple of people that are concerned I could be racist. Why? In my March OUT column (see above) I wrote a bit on stereotypes, including the phrase "Black people enjoy fried chicken." Apparently, because I am not black, I cannot notice blacks enjoy fried chicken.
Is this really up for debate? I live in on Avenue D, and I've often been to Harlem--both of these black neighborhoods have fried chicken joints that outnumber churches 2 to 1. In Atlantic City, there's a beach called "Chicken Bone Beach" which (during segregation) used to be a black beach, and got its name from the chicken bones they left behind.
Chinese people enjoy rice, Argentines enjoy squiggly cow glands, Gay People enjoy truffles. And yes, black people enjoy fried chicken. This means as a group, a generalization, not every individual. There are black people who don't like fried chicken, Vegetarian Argentines, and Chinese who don't enjoy rice. Personally, I've never had a truffle.
The column was about gays and irreverence. In the same vein, free speech is not free speech if it pleases everyone. That doesn't make me racist.