Skip to comments.President Obama’s New Role in the Fight Against Black Homophobia (Thinking 'gays' are wrong = hate!)
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 organizationand because I knew it was closely affiliated with a churchI 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: Its clear that black religious communitieslike so many othersharbor a simple revulsion at the notion of homosexuality.
But by referencing the Bibles views on slavery, Schneiders 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. Thats not pretty to state, but its true and it needs to be fixed.
Unfortunately, President Obamas 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, Obamas 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 unnecessaryplus, 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 shouldnt 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 communitys religion while abandoning bigotries that religion can thrive without, we will truly be moving forward.
Ask George Zimmerman and a man beaten half to death in Alabama about that.
Wonder if any of this is true?
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Nope. That'd be Larry Elder
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%.
Gotta get the welfare-state plantation-dwellers onto the gay plantation.
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