An Interesting Coda To The Election
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.