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Friday, November 07, 2008


An Interesting Coda To The Election

The first minority President of the United States won last Tuesday's election, in large part, because enormous majorities of Black and Latino voters supported him. It was those same minorities, however, who embraced discrimination and prejudice in California, and attacked another minority without mercy:

Seven in 10 African-Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8, the ballot measure overruling a state Supreme Court judgment that legalized same-sex marriage and brought 18,000 gay and lesbian couples to Golden State courthouses in the past six months.

No ethnic group anywhere rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions as emphatically as the state's black voters, according to exit polls. Fifty-three percent of Latinos also backed Proposition 8, overcoming the bare majority of white Californians who voted to let the court ruling stand.

Many of the African-American and Latino homophobes interviewed in the article justify their bias on religious grounds...and some are even apologetic about sticking it to other disenfranchised people. As far as reasoning goes, it's as paper-thin, shameful and disgusting as the racist excuses of the 50's and 60's. The lesson of Proposition 8? Bigotry in America isn't over, even with Barack. Only now, white people aren't necessarily the worst offenders.

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Blogger Litlhorn said...

AS my husband of 25 years always say,
Even Fleas have little Fleas.
We have to take back the nomenclature of this fight - I could care less about being able to use the word marriage legally. That is between me and my church - but my husband is 68 years old and I have real legal issues that must be addressed and quickly. As long as we continue to use the word marriage in our fight, we will lose. Whether we like it or not, the word is in all modern translations of the Bible and we are not changing that. Frankly, in a nation of seperation of church and state, that word should not be in our legal books in the first place, and we have already determined that civil unions isn't going to work so a quick find and replace is required to change the word marriage to a new type of legal partnership.perhaps intead of LLC, or LLP, it could just be LP, for Life Partnership which, once signed by both parties, would giveus all the safety nets formerly covered under the word Marriage legally.We can all, if we chose, have wonderful celebrations like that of your's and Mr. Modfabs.The tears of Joy I had that day were for an amazing commitment in the eyes of God, which had nothing to do with legal obligations. What we have to fight for is the other part, the part that say's my home won't be taken away due to the need to pay inheritance taxes, or a nasty couple of sisters-in-laws who want everything and have already said they'll fight me for it.I know my relationship is blessed by God otherwise we wouldn't still be in it 25 years later. What I need is equality in the eyes of the State so that if something horrible happens, I can grieve the loss of the most important person in my life without the sword of Damocles hanging over my head waiting for the vultures to descend and make the last quarter Century plus(Hopefully much plus) invisible.

11/7/08, 10:20 AM  
Blogger ShoNuff said...

as much as homophobia is an often unmentioned issue in the communities of color (not just black, but latino communities as well), there is also some reciprocal racism in our queer community, in messages, leadership and representation

11/7/08, 2:01 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gomez said...

While Tuesday night was all about Obama, my idle hands were twiddling until the next morning when I would find out the results of Prop 8. Bittersweet night to say the least.

11/7/08, 4:23 PM  

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