“Pro-Black” and pro-blackness as a term has come into mainstream contemporary consciousness over the last five years.
Popular “Pro-Black” Youtubers (who will not be mentioned because they create work we do not care to promote in any way) have become synonymous with the term and praised by their followings, but they have also become highly critiqued (mostly by Black women and Black LGBT people) for a simple reason: their ideas of what is “pro-black” depend heavily upon archaic, euro-centric, sexist ideas about gender roles and is largely homophobic.
This leaves many of us questioning: How can you be pro-black while not advocating for the gender-specific issues of Black women and while completely disregarding Black LBGT folks? How can you advocate for “the black family” while ignoring that these groups are LARGE parts of them?
In our opinion- You can’t… So we won’t and we reject any logic that you can.
The Cookout does not believe that sexism is an African concept and neither is homophobia. Although the continent postcolonialism is mired with homophobic ideologies, what remains of what was recorded of pre-colonial gender and sexuality studies reveals egalitarian societies where people were free to live as the gender they pleased and marry who they wanted.
These are the TRUE “pan-African” and pro-black values on which The Cookout are founded.
If you do not agree with them- The Cookout is not for you.