In case you missed it, Proposition 8 will take away the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in California. Now, the prejudice powers that be are reaching out to the black church to sway the vote... they might fall for it.
One minister in Oakland, California, who happens to be openly gay, claims that he somehow knows, "gay black people don't want to get married anyway." Another pastor rationalizes, "I am not trying to rail against gay people; we have gay people in our music department!" And he says, "When you look at the people getting married in San Francisco, you didn't see very many blacks. It's not a distinct issue in the black community."
This is fascinating... so because you think all of the gay people in California are segregated to San Francisco, you think there isn't enough black gay people who want to marry or even want the choice? What about all the gays and lesbian who can travel to California and marry?
To make matters worse, the Jim Crow church folk remixed a song called "Bigger Than Any Mountain" and changing it to "Bigger Than Any Gay Rights."
One reason black Americans might be effective in supporting this ban on gay marriage is because so many are coming to the polls to vote for Sen. Barack Obama. After making a historical pull of the lever in voting for Obama, they might be willing to go forty years behind and vote for Prop. 8.
Michael Crawford from The Bilericio Project
argues that black voters are not to blame if Prop. 8 passes because there aren't enough blacks in the state, black folks are not a voting monolith, and anti-gay beliefs are funded by white evangelicals.
I strongly disagree. No, black folks aren't a monolith, but those who are in support of Prop. 8 are reaching out to the black church who -- admit it or not -- vote as a monolith. They are reaching out to the weak-minded who are easily swayed by whatever their pastor says. Also, there doesn't need to be a large amount of black voters in California, the yay or nay could depend on only a few thousand votes. Yes, anti-gay beliefs are funded by whites -- but there is one thing that links racist whites and homophobic blacks -- religion!
The New York Times
, San Francisco Chronicle
, and other publications have reported on the yes to Proposition 8 from sections of the black community. I'm hoping that the more human people will make a sensible decision on Prop. 8 and focus on the extreme illiteracy rates in urban California schools, the amount of black crimes, and extremely high HIV/AIDS statistics.