On the other hand

Even though Eric and I were the internet's face of No on Prop 8, it's looking as though the hateful measure passed. Dan Savage notes that 69% of African-Americans voted FOR Prop 8, and writes,
"I’m thrilled that we’ve just elected our first African-American president. I wept last night. I wept reading the papers this morning. But I can’t help but feeling hurt that the love and support aren’t mutual."
If only a slim majority of African-Americans had voted against the proposition, it would have failed. I certainly don't mean to pin 8's passage on an entire group of people, but I tend to agree with this sentiment, also from Dan Savage:
I’m done pretending that the handful of racist gay white men out there—and they’re out there, and I think they’re scum—are a bigger problem for African Americans, gay and straight, than the huge numbers of homophobic African Americans are for gay Americans, whatever their color.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yup, lots of darkness hovering around last night's silver lining.

I'm so sorry.