Letters - Bigots and black music

As someone from Jamaica, I read with interest the article "Black and gay and hunted" (4 October) by Peter Tatchell. The real origin of the widespread view in Jamaica that homosexuality is wrong, immoral and un-Christian is from British ministers of religion during the colonial period. I vividly remember attending, as a youngster during the 1960s, an Anglican church in Kingston where English and Northern Irish ministers railed "fire" and "brimstone" against men who sleep with men.

Trevor Johns
London SE17

Much of the lyrical content of hip-hop focuses on killing "niggers" or "bitches" - in other words, promoting black-on-black violence. Still, hip-hop is one of the biggest-selling genres in the music industry. The main artists win awards, appear in films and start clothing labels. However, when the hate is diverted away from blacks and on to homosexuals it becomes a separate issue: black-on-black violence is acceptable, but black-on-gay violence is out of the question.

Zadie Glenn
London SE17

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