These lessons are learned and absorbed whether explicitly expressed or not. And so the bullying in schools becomes an extension of the isolation and alienation often felt by the fathers and mothers who are supposed to love their children the most.
But with time and healing, perhaps black fathers loving their gay sons will cease to be a revolutionary act.
Edward Wyckoff Williams is a contributing editor at The Root. He is a columnist and political analyst, appearing on Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, ABC, CBS Washington and national syndicated radio. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.