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President Obama’s New Role in the Fight Against Black Homophobia (Thinking 'gays' are wrong = hate!)
The New Republic ^ | May 15, 2012 | John McWhorter, contributing editor

Posted on 05/14/2012 9:25:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There are many reasons to be glad that President Obama has finally decided to stop dissimulating and openly advocate gay marriage. Not least among them is that he is no longer giving tacit approval to one of a prejudice in the African-American community that becomes more awkward and regrettable by the year.

Homophobia, to be sure, is a sadly universal phenomenon. But it is one with especially deep roots among blacks. Polling numbers bear this out. In a recent Pew poll, 65 percent of American blacks reported thinking of homosexuality as wrong, while only 48 percent of whites did; in other words, most blacks harbored this prejudice, while fewer than half of whites did. Also, black voters played a disproportionate role in getting the anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 passed in California in 2008.

The central role of Christianity in black America has much to do with this. It explains why views like these are not uncommon even among black people whom you might least expect.

I recall the head of an organization dedicated to helping ex-welfare mothers and other poor people asking me to sit on her board. On the basis of indications I had received about her organization—and because I knew it was closely affiliated with a church—I stated that I would be glad to do so only on the condition that the group did not have an anti-gay policy. The woman openly told me that they indeed did; indeed, she referenced the teachings of the Bible, which she considered unarguably sacrosanct, in explaining why. This from someone with reserves of empathy deep enough to commit her life to helping others in need.

The Bible is a highly fragile basis of reasoning here. As Pastor Susan Schneider in Wisconsin has recently noted, the Bible “has passages that prohibit men from cutting their hair, and that forbid anyone from wearing mixed fiber clothing, or planting two different kinds of seed in their fields, or eating shellfish. The Bible also commands slaves to obey their masters, parents to stone unruly children, and upholds as heroes of the faith men with multiple wives and concubines.” This is a slam-dunk textual argument: It’s clear that black religious communities—like so many others—harbor a simple revulsion at the notion of homosexuality.

But by referencing the Bible’s views on slavery, Schneider’s exegesis also highlights the particularly tragic irony that saturates black homophobia. Throughout its history, black America has pleaded and fought with the rest of the country to convince them to overcome the primal tendencies of bigotry. This makes black homophobia especially problematic. That’s not pretty to state, but it’s true and it needs to be fixed.

Unfortunately, President Obama’s reticence on marriage equality gave tacit backing to this backwardness. It was awkward enough that he was a member of a church with a racially impolitic pastor like Jeremiah Wright. Yet that was at least understandable: The anti-whitey routines were hardly all or even most of what Wright preached every Sunday, and Obama needed to attend a popular and culturally rooted black church to have bona fides in the black Chicago community. In other words, Obama’s choice of church was easily understood as a commitment to a community, not a statement of deeply-held belief.

But the quiet succor Obama gave to black homophobes with his “evolving” line on gay marriage was always just as ugly as it was unnecessary—plus, for someone of his demographic and biography, it was more than a little fake. (Did the Harvard Law Review Editor hugging Derrick Bell in that 1991 video really think two men shouldn’t be allowed to get married?)

Of course, President Obama is above all a political leader of the entire nation, not just the black community. But with black America straggling behind in the history of gay liberation, Obama is now serving as a useful cultural model. If he can convince the African-American community that it can maintain our community’s religion while abandoning bigotries that religion can thrive without, we will truly be moving forward.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 2012; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexualmarriage; lavendermafia; obama; samesexmarriage
"Of course, President Obama is above all a political leader of the entire nation, not just the black community."

Ask George Zimmerman and a man beaten half to death in Alabama about that.

1 posted on 05/14/2012 9:26:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonder if any of this is true?

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/05/11/sex-and-murder-in-the-land-of-obama-2/

http://theobamafile.com/_shakystuff/RumorDownLow.htm


2 posted on 05/14/2012 9:35:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Vet the one good silver lining in all this gay marriage carpola is exposing those as either being sheep or goats. No riding the mushy middle on this one.


3 posted on 05/14/2012 9:43:59 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

John McWhorter....is he the author of “The Ten Things You Can Never Say In America”?

As far as Sodomite “Marriage”; if sodomites can “marry” legally, I think I can start referring to myself legally as a venerated, brilliant brain surgeon.

Sodomites can’t reproduce and I can’t do brain surgery; but, don’t deny me my right to say that I can do brain surgery.


4 posted on 05/14/2012 9:50:54 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: tflabo; 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Vet the one good silver lining in all this gay marriage carpola is exposing those as either being sheep or goats. No riding the mushy middle on this one.
You are absolutely right! We had a great sermon yesterday on this very thing. Our Senior Pastor gave a great sermon on how marriage was created and ordained by God and that government had no place in changing by law what God had created. He went on to emphasize that Homosexuality was a sin just as many other things are. We had some goats walk out.
5 posted on 05/14/2012 10:00:18 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; wagglebee
There are many reasons to be glad that President Obama has finally decided to stop dissimulating and openly advocate gay marriage. Not least among them is that he is no longer giving tacit approval to one of a prejudice in the African-American community that becomes more awkward and regrettable by the year.

There IS NO PREJUDICE IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

That's been the standard meme for 20+ years. They don't have the "power" to be prejudiced in any way that would impact some group.

Wanda Sykes was right. If Obama wins, black people are gonna have to get a new excuse, can't blame The Man when you ARE The Man.

6 posted on 05/14/2012 10:01:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Bible is a highly fragile basis of reasoning here.

We have a freedom of religion in this country. Just so long as you don't actually practice any of that fictional superstition. < /sarc >

His own bigotry against Christians is NOT prejudice, y'see.

7 posted on 05/14/2012 10:05:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who would believe a thing Obama said after this claim? Or follow along with him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7QxgN5YegE

Guess they had a time machine.


8 posted on 05/14/2012 10:09:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“the central role of Christianity ....needs to be fixed.”

well, there they go again. Christianity doesn’t need to be fixed, thanks all the same. And to equate slavery with homosexuality is quite a stretch in anyone’s imagination. Homosexuals, as citizens of the USA, have the same exact civil rights as anyone else. What they want, is special-ness. Special privileges in the workplace, from lenders, landlords and from social services (the govt) for how they act in bed. Sorry, no can do.


9 posted on 05/14/2012 10:45:51 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Mortrey
John McWhorter....is he the author of “The Ten Things You Can Never Say In America”?

Nope. That'd be Larry Elder


10 posted on 05/14/2012 11:54:45 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

11 posted on 05/15/2012 12:14:03 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is my personal and political opinion that Obama is an alien, bi-sexual, on the down-low, Communist, Marxist, affirmitive-action agitiator.


12 posted on 05/15/2012 4:22:17 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog
It is my personal and political opinion that Obama is an alien, bi-sexual, on the down-low, Communist, Marxist, affirmitive-action agitiator.

Add mooselimb, prick to your list and I agree 100%.

13 posted on 05/15/2012 4:45:02 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gotta get the welfare-state plantation-dwellers onto the gay plantation.


14 posted on 05/15/2012 6:27:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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