Did Black voters propel California’s gay marriage ban to victory? Many angry opponents of that ban — a ballot measure known as “Proposition 8” — seem to think so.
Just check out this comment left by a white, gay reader of TheRoot.com, in response to Jack White’s article thanking white voters for their help in electing Barack Obama:
“You’re welcome. I hope one day to be able to thank black voters (as a demographic block, I mean) for enabling me to get married to someone of my own sex. Or at least to have the key rights that come with marriage–for example, having the right to visit a lifelong partner in the hospital if he or she were deathly ill. I hope that the blacks who turned out in record numbers in California to vote for Obama but who helped get Proposition 8 passed will rethink that latter decision, and the elements of their faith that led them to make it.”
But Shanikka at MyLeftWIng.com is not having it:
“[I will] try and put to rest, once and for all, this virulently racist idea that Black people are to blame for the passage of Proposition 8 here in California. It is an idea grounded in utter myth, a complete lack of knowledge about anything related to Black people’s presence in California, and just plain old scapegoating.”
Read her scathing, incredibly researched full post here, and leave your comments at NewsOne.