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Written by Nicola Francisc
Now to someone who does not understand this, homosexual is what I am because I have sex with men. But really this is wrong. Homosexuals are not men who sleep with other men. Homosexuals are men who in fifteen years of trying cannot get a pissant antidiscrimination bill through the City Council. Homosexuals are men who know nobody and who nobody knows. Who have zero clout.
Roy believes that since he has a social position that grants him power, he can’t be named homosexual. The scene where Roy talks about homosexuals reveals how the American society in general regarded homosexuals. For the general population, homosexuals were not even regarded as being people. For then, homosexuals are nobodies, human beings who know nobody and who are ignored by those around them. Because of this general opinion, homosexuals live on the fringe of society or chose to remain hidden, fearing how those around them will react.
"Terminal, crazy and mean."
When an argument breaks between Louis and Belize over Roy Cohen, Belize compares Roy’s state and America’s state. In his opinion both are sick and can be characterized by the quote mentioned above. Belize opinion about Roy is understandable as he treated him and he saw his illness progress. Belize knows that Roy is terminal and there is nothing he can do about it and that he is mean because he noticed his everyday behavior. What is interesting however is not the description Belize offers about Roy but rather the comparison between Roy and America. The characters in the play all have an idea image about what America is like and the general idea is that in general, America is the perfect place for someone who is marginalized. The characters who have this belief are those who are privileged and don’t offer an accurate image on what America is really like. Belize on the other hand can because his point of view doesn’t come from a place of privilege. On one hand, he is gay and the American society was extremely prejudicial against homosexuals and on the other hand, he is a black man. While the American society started to ease their racial point of view about African- Americans, the black community suffered greatly because of something they had no control over. Taking all this in consideration, it is easy to understand why Belize saw America as a terminally ill patient, for whom he saw no hope.
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