The debate of if “white privilege” actually exists will go on indefinitely – among white people that is. For African Americans, this is not a topic we question, because we live with it every day, and we have enough receipts to back it up.
Take for example the recent antics for which people have called law enforcement on black people who were minding their own business, doing such provocative things as, gasp – BBQing! Cops were also called on black people for asking to use the Starbucks bathroom, for taking a nap in their college dorm, entering their apartment, asking for additional plastic forks at a Waffle House (yes, that really happened), and even trying to use a valid coupon at a drug store. A little black boy selling bottles of water on a hot summer day and another one merely cutting a neighbor’s lawn also got reported to the cops. Then, sadly a black man was shot and killed while in his own home by a policewoman who claimed she had entered the apartment after mistaking it for her own.
Yes, the examples are robust, and I could go on, but let’s pivot to a less deadly but more recent headline that has me seeing a whole lot of red.
Meet Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, the arrogant, bearded, gay, white male in Washington DC, who decided this week to show what little respect he has for African Americans and the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in this country.
It all started when local Washington DC news began covering the growing number of student complaints from Howard University regarding more and more affluent residents disrespecting their campus yard by using it as a dog run. Though the campus is open to the public, it is a place for students to enjoy, picnic, play, hang out and more – without the worry of encountering dog poop and urine. Yes, you guessed it, many of the town residents aren’t even curbing their dogs while utilizing the campus grounds.
Despite that, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw took to Twitter in a defiant response, declaring that the 153-year old Howard University should relocate its campus out of DC if it has a problem with the neighborhood residents letting their dogs run free in their national landmark campus park known as “The Yard.” Mister Robishaw is just 53-years old. You do the math.
DC-based radio host, Angie Ange, shared the Fox News 5 report covering the matter. Needless to say, Robishaw’s comments did not go over well with the nearly all African American student body of Howard University and local residents.
Recent reports have came out that Howard University Students feel disrespected by residents using the yard as a dog park 🐕 but this resident thinks the campus should be moved 😮😡 pic.twitter.com/stxHUWtu2X
— 38Madison Media (@38MadisonMedia) April 19, 2019
Almost immediately Black Twitter went on the attack and located both Robishaw’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. They directly schooled him on the perceived slight he had made to their culture and history. In a direct retort to Angie Ange, Robishaw tweeted the following, and irony is not lost on a man writing with so many grammatical errors, telling someone to “educate yourself.”
After a few more sharp exchanges, the cyber confrontation intensified to the point where Robishaw deleted all his social media accounts. International DJ/Producer Corey Craig was among the first to notice Robishaw had seemingly disappeared as he expressed in the the following hilarious Tweet:
In a strange turn of events, Robishaw’s vanishing act seems to have occurred just moments after a few of his detractors had taken screenshots of his very NSFW pics and shared them in their Twitter posts with disparaging comments. This was perhaps an effort to slut shame him – but the pics were aleady public as Robishaw is an adult homoerotic model.
I’ll admit, the images are kinda hot though. So, you’re welcome.
As for HBCUs, they are considered to be the equivalent of Ivy League; in fact, they are addressed often as the black Ivy League. Among these prestigious schools are Howard, Hampton, Fisk, Morehouse, Spelman, Dillard, Clark Atlanta, and Tuskegee. Just like their “white” counterparts – Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and similar institutions, factors of admission into the black Ivy League schools are also reliant on academic achievement, power, wealth and influence.
However, there is a key difference: These schools emerged nearly two centuries ago as the antidote to a racially segregated America, one that denied black people admission into “white Ivy League” institutions. So they created their own with the same level of outstanding academia.
Today, the beautiful campuses of HBCUs represent a sense of pride and history. They are in locations that African Americans carved out for themselves as safe spaces within cities that often marginalized them. The Howard campus is open to the community, but the welcome comes with a reasonable expectancy of respect – something Robishaw lacked as he became the “poster child” for every argument made against gentrification.
His response is outrageous for its dismissiveness, but it’s even more troubling coming from a gay man. In an ideal world, his association with the LGBTQ community would make him an ally, sympathetic to the plight of other marginalized groups. Instead, his insensitive response further highlighted a growing racial divide between those of white privilege, even gay, white privilege – and the brown people who will never know such a societal advantage. One Twitter follower jumped into the fray with a poignant declaration:
This type of privilege is present for example, in organizations like The Log Cabin Republicans and Gays For Trump. Both groups boast members who are affluent (or aspire to be). They are gay and white, and they all voted against their own best interest on election day in 2016 – or did they? By voting for Trump, they excused his xenophobic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric; they turned a blind eye to him selecting Mike Pence –a career homophobe as his Vice Presidential running mate. Moreover, they disregarded the Republican party’s racially oppressive positions overall –because ultimately it would not affect them as white men.
As for Mister Robishaw, I don’t know his political affiliations, but I do know that his comments were willfully ignorant. It shows what happens when gentrification goes wrong. It depicts what happens when affluent people move into an urban environment, attracted by the energy and vibe it offers. But then when they move in, with their expensive little dogs that can fit into a purse, yoga mats, latte shops, and vegan bistros on every corner – they do so with a profound sense of entitlement and disrespect for the neighborhood’s legacy.
Can you imagine if black residents just decided to show up every day, letting their dogs loose onto the lush green yards of Princeton University, Harvard, or Yale? Then if you can imagine that, next imagine the universities complaining about it, and the black residents responding with, “If you don’t like it, then move your campus somewhere else!”
I think we all know how that would turn out – and it would not be very pretty … for the black residents.
This piece is an opinion piece by one Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine and may not reflect the opinion of the magazine or other Contributing Writers.
17 thoughts on “White Gay Male Privilege Gets DC Resident Dragged Severely & Deservedly Off The Internet”
9 out of 10 hate crimes committed on LGBTs are done by the black population
That is completely incorrect. According to the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics, 50.7% of known Hate Crime offenders were White and 21.3% were Black or African American. Don’t spread false facts.
And according to the HRC, Hate Crimes based on sexual orientation are committed primarily by White People (46%) with Black people behind at 18%.
Thank you. I don’t know where this crap about hate crimes being committed by Black people comes from – so stupid. I’m glad you set the record straight and did so with dignity.
Maybe move, dude. Or get more walking in by going around the campus.
Now you are experiencing the pile-on culture and being shamed for being a gay man and sexually liberated. I wish we would take the time to educate you instead of just pile up the dogsh#@.
“we have enough receipts to back it up” ….Sure, corroborate your position with literally NOTHING. Yeah, you be right.
I hate to point this out, but white “privilege”, is just white superiority, when viewed through a distorted lens.
I just covered the story as it occured. Please tell me how a man who posted his own nude pics on Twitter and Instagram is slut shamed by me sharing the story of how those he argued with on Twitter shared them also but made disparaging remarks. These were not private pics, he is a nude model and sexual exhibitionist – self described. They were pics he himself posted on his public Twitter and IG account.
His pics are not relevant to the issue at hand. It does not matter where they were posted, they are not relevant to this conversation.
So, Yes! You slut shamed and posted revenge porn.
The “conversation” included the naked pics he already published and I presented them in the context in which they were used in his ordeal.
Revenge porn involves nudity, recorded in private, never meant to be made public, of which one party has not authorized publication. That is is not the case as the subject himself published these images on three social media sites, actually even spreading his butt cheeks in some …
So, No! But you are entitled to your opinion, albeit wrong. Cheers!
Not slut shaming? Maybe you should read what you wrote again.
My last reply on this. If all you’re focused on in this entire piece is an inaccurate assessment of slut shaming and revenge porn, then maybe you are just a wee bit preoccupied with slut shaming and revenge porn.
Your issue. Not mine.
Lets not act like there arent black homophobes either… I guess they’re privileged too?
Not sure what you read but this story HAS NOTHING to do with homophobia, so the entire premise of your comment makes as much sense as a white guy in DC telling a 153 year old Ivy League black school to leave town so his dog can crap on their grass.
Maybe you should read it again.
Actually, the stereotype of Gay men as wealthy white elitist purveyors of gentrification is homophobic. It is the center-piece of a right-wing coordinated media assault that began in the 1990s. It was part of the campaign to pass the anti-gay Amendment 2 initiative in Colorado. Right-wing activist saw how effective it was at convincing voters that Gay rights are “special rights” so they took it national.
Of all the people that the local Fox News channel probably interviewed for that piece, they chose to chose to air a clip of the obnoxious Gay guy. That is not a coincidence.
Also, right-wing activists are skilled at exploiting difference and playing African American and LGBTQ populations against each other.