This is getting ugly
You could see this coming, and this is what I'm talking about when you ignore the elephant in the room. Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0 blogs reports on the escalation of the "blame the blacks" meme that has been swirling about the blogosphere and the MSM.
The backlash is upon us, and it's going to get uglier unless our organizations step forward and say something. The desire to scapegoat blacks for Prop 8's defeat has exposed the now not-so-latent racism in our movement.
The lady has a point. What's more, as another blogger points out:
But I'm wondering why these folks are so caught up in the black voters, who obviously can't ever be persuaded on this issue because... well, because. There are so many other groups in the exit polling that voted for Prop 8 overwhelmingly (as in, more than 60%):
* The elderly (65+)
* People who decided for whom to vote in October (but not within the week before the election)
* People who were contacted by the McCain campaign
* White Protestants
* Those who attend church weekly
* Married people
* People with children under 18
* Gun owners
* Bush voters
* Offshore drilling supporters
* People who are afraid of a terrorist attack
* People who thought their family finances were better now than 4 years ago
* Supporters of the war against Iraq
* People who didn't care about the age of the candidates
* People who are from the "Inland/Valley" region of California
* McCain voters
I'd link to him but he uses language that some Star readers -- and my overlords here -- might find offensive. But, if you follow the yellow brick links from the first blog, you'll get all the dirt.
UPPITY DATE (8/11/08): Two important comments I would like to post here.
The first was added to my original column on the Star's website:
feeling uneasy after reading this...
As a gay man, I was unhappy to see Proposition 8 pass in California last week. However, to suggest that "Proposition 8... passed because of the large turnout of African-Americans....who supported it" is more than problematic. Heteronormativity, not unlike patriarchy, is a transcultural phenomenon that manifests itself in culturally specific forms. It is alive and well across the cultural spectrum in North America and beyond. To essentialize one culture as more homophobic than others is borderline racist.
Posted By soaringcrane at 2:32 AM Saturday, November 08 2008
The other was posted here by blogger mattb. who has a pretty good post on the subject of bigotry himself.