Darnell Moore learns to forgive the vicious homophobia he experienced as a child
Imagine being an innocent kid, walking home from school, reflecting on your day and feeling excited to see your family, when you are violently interrupted by kids from your own neighborhood.
They surround you, knock you to the ground and taunt you by calling you gay, all before pouring gasoline on you and trying to spark a lighter. This is exactly what happened to leading Black Lives Matter activist and writer Darnell Moore when he was 14, in Camden, New Jersey –– and that wouldn’t be the first or last time he almost lost his life because of vicious homophobia and being a young black man in America. Recently Moore stopped by “Salon Talks” to share this story, his growth and explain to us why he forgave the young men who attacked him.
“I really don’t believe in the disposing of black people,” Moore told SalonTV’s D. Watkins. “I really don’t believe in doing to each other what the system has done to us, and I don’t believe that punishment and carceral tools are avenues for transformation.”
Now Darnell Moore is an award-winning author, activist and advocate for justice. In his new memoir “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America,” Moore shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived but found his calling. He sat down with me in Salon's studio to discuss his book, forgiveness, freedom and radical black love.Watch the video above to learn more about how Darnell Moore learned to forgive in life. And check out the full interview to hear how Moore wrestled with his identity growing up as a queer black man. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.