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    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Written by John Walker

    Yes, I've heard the arguments that the passing of Proposition 8 should not be blamed on blacks because there wasn't enough "outreach" to the black community. True, but I am not really grappling with "blame."

    Blacks voted yes on Prop. 8 at 70% -- higher than any ethnic/racial group. Asians voted at 49% (same as whites) and there wasn't significant "outreach" to them. Do us black folks need extra special outreach methods to combat our ignorance?

    I am not willing to make excuses for black folks (let's not even discuss Florida and Arizona), simply because I am black. At this point, farm animals have more rights in California than gays. I am aware of the recent riots with faggot and nigger hurled at two oppressed groups. Racism from white gays is no shocker. Therefore, my focus is on blacks voting at 70% -- regardless of any other religious groups, ethnic/racial groups, white gays, or if the black vote made the ballot pass. Yes, I know white Republicans voted in the 80% range -- but I am not white or Republican and they aren't an oppressed group.

    Know this - if this Prop. 8 ballot turns into a debate of whites versus blacks, then that is the true failure. This is exactly what the white, rich, heterosexual, ruling class want -- for those niggers and faggots to hate each other!

    While I can go on my regular rants, guest writer John Walker, who is a New Yorker, penned this opinion piece.

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    I'm disgusted! Some claim I'm crazy when I talk about the peculiarity of black folks. Now, the success of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that would amend the California’s Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, passed last week.

    Whites and Asians were split on the matter, voting yes at 49% and Latinos at 52%. It was the tomfoolery of Negroes who voted an oppressive yes on Prop. 8 at 70%. It's ironic to me, blacks may have not been the difference in getting President-elect Barack Obama into office, but may have been the difference on this issue, which was only lost by 500K votes.

    Why did blacks vote yes at such a high percentage? It is the insistence upon seeing everything as a matter of religion, which is our downfall. This is why Adam Clayton Powell could feel comfortable with threatening Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to avoid protesting the democratic convention in 1960 or he would float a rumor that he and Bayard Rustin were lovers. Perhaps this is why blacks folks didn't give birth to Obama; he came to us, but not from us. Obama boldly proclaimed the humanity of gays, something I haven't seen from any African-American male leader who had so much at stake.

    Until black folks become more informed, educated and determined to embrace the humanity that 356 years of chattel slavery and Jim Crow segregation should have taught us—we are doomed to fail. Why today are black folks still patriarchal and religious even though just in our parent’s early lifetime folks used religion as an excuse to deprive us of equal rights? Religion is the most common justification for oppression, but it is particularly ugly coming from the mouths and hands of ex-slaves. We need to keep religion personal and let the laws of the land reflect freedom, a full and complete freedom.

    If you actually want to talk about religion and homosexuality, I say the debate is long overdue. I can dance all the way through the books of the Bible and Qur'an and prove that homosexuality wasn't even on the radar in the way we think of it today. I'm willing to bet that most of the people who say they are against homosexuality in general and gay marriage specifically have never read the Bible (and the Qur'an if it applies) from cover to cover.

    Negroes of the 21st century spend too much time fascinated by "brothers on the down low" and not enough time watching the food we eat, our fiscal responsibilities, or reading and talking about things that matter. The truth is that most black men are straight and marry black women. The obsession with gays is docile and oppressive. Marriages are threatened because too many married men are chasing women—not other men. Marriages are threatened because we live in a society that is just too damn short-sighted.

    The only good news is that the margin of victory for opponents of gay marriage this year (5%) was smaller than in 2000 (22%). Change is a comin’...

    John Walker is a guest writer for ClayCane.net. This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of Clay Cane.

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    Check out this clip from Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday.



    PS. Crash was a dumb ass movie!

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