Racial tensions are thick in Philadelphia's so-called Gayborhood following the anonymous release of audio capturing a white bar owner using slurs while slamming POC for being the only ones to ever ask for free drink tickets.
Oner of ICandy Darryl DePiano has copped to making the remarks, but apologized, writing on Facebook in September:
As many of you know me and know that I am always striving for diversity, and always willing to listen, learn and grown myself, my business and my team. This was an EXTREMELY Poor Choice I made on my own many years ago and I definitely learned and continue to learn each day. I SINCERELY and Truthfully Apologize to all my Friends, Valued Customers, and Everyone that I Hurt and Offended.
I don't really buy that; he was not saying something politically incorrect, it was not a slip of the tongue, he was arguing a point back on the premise that black people are cheap and a pain in his ass—that's deeper than an off-color remark. Listen to the audio at the top of that post—that's a man very comfortable with being a racist pig.
The story on NBC News about the tensions quotes many about the oppressive atmosphere in the Gayborhood, which I imagine is a similar feeling in lots of spaces gay POC seek out.
Even the mayor has chimed in, releasing a statement that reads, in part:
There is no denying that racism and discrimination is an issue within the LGBT community. The Gayborhood should be a sanctuary for all in the LGBT community, but sadly not everyone is welcome at some of its institutions.
This racist or racially exclusionary vibe (black patrons report being carded more frequently and say some establishments ban things like Timberland boots (why???) and hooded sweatshirts (why???) in an effort to weed them out) is something white gay people have to admit exists and have to be open to talking about. We have enough enmity coming at us from Trump's anti-gay, anti-POC, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman insurrectionists without adding to the problem by pretending it doesn't exist.