When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf

[A diptych. On the left: A white man, Jonathan Snipes, is seen outdoors during the daytime. He is looking into the camera. He is wearing a suite and tie. On the right: A man, Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, indoors. Seated in a courtroom. He is wearing a kufi and a suit jacket.]

A Manhattan jury convicted a hulking brute Wednesday in a May 2015 attack on two gay men at Chelsea’s Dallas BBQ.

Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, 42, was convicted on all but one assault count for bashing Ethan Adams and Jonathan Snipes with a wooden chair on May 15, 2015.

El-Amin was convicted of two counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Shocking video of the ordeal shows Snipes whacking El-Amin, who is much larger at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, with what he says was a light purse.”

“A hulking brute?”

What in the entire fuck?

This is very shitty, anti-Black journalism irrespective of the race of the person who wrote it. I’m surprised that the New York Daily News could publish such an uncritical, superficial, blatantly biased load of bullshit. Though, is white supremacy ever really surprising?

Because the white gay dudes who (BBQ’s own surveillance video shows) started this shit didn’t heed the old adage: “Don’t start none, won’t be none,” El-Amin is about to face a 15-year bid?

The New York Daily News also leaves out the fact that El-Amin is also gay.

I discussed this situation before. We talked about The G-List Society’s Waddie G. Grant’s interview with El-Amin.


“He assaulted me. I was the victim. People don’t realize that. People don’t know that. I was sitting at my table. With no provocation, he came up and hit me. There was no slur thrown at him. There was no bumping into my table and knocking over my drinks. There was no interaction between us in a sense, except for what I said earlier when I said to them, ‘Hey, guys! There are ladies here.’ Then, he came over to me and said, ‘And YOU calling up ladies.’ Then, POW!

He definitely made false accusations and tried to put a crime on me that did not happen. I defended myself.”

Mind you, they (and you know who I mean by they) initially released a partial video that made El-Amin look like the aggressor and the press ran with that narrative because it fit their preconceived notions about people of color.

Then, later, another video surfaced showing much more than the previous video. The longer video supports El-Amin’s version of events.

But when faced with the body of a large person of color and when framed against the body of a slim white twink, there’s no jury in America (not even one with people of color on it) that will ever pay attention to the facts in order to find the PoC not guilty or the white person just as culpable.

This proves what James Baldwin clocked decades ago:

“I think white gay people feel cheated because they were born, in principle, in a society in which they were supposed to be safe. The anomaly of their sexuality puts them in danger, unexpectedly. Their reaction seems to me in direct proportion to their sense of feeling cheated of the advantages which accrue to white people in a white society. There’s an element, it has always seemed to me, of bewilderment and complaint. Now that may sound very harsh, but the gay world as such is no more prepared to accept black people than anywhere else in society.”

Dear Black Queer People:

Beware of white queer people who you imagined might have actually regarded you as a human being because of a shared identity.

(Beware of snow queens, too. Like Clarence Thomas, they’re lying in wait to perform anti-blackness in the name of props from white folks and hanging your ass out to dry.)

When they say “No Blacks!” or “Into Big Black Cocks!” on their dating profiles, BELIEVE THEM.

Both of those signify, in advance, the manner in which they wish to dehumanize you.