SCARED STRAIGHT INTO VOTING FOR 8: Are African Americans the most homophobic people in America?
African American voters in California voted overwhelmingly for Prop 8, writing anti-gay discrimination into California’s constitution and banning same-sex marriage.
Seventy percent (70%) of African American voters approved Prop 8, according to exit polls, compared to 53% of Latino voters, 49% of white voters, 49% of Asian voters.
How is it that one of California's smallest minorities (6%) and arguably the most discriminated group in America, "African Americans", could vote to legally discriminate against anyone knowing what we as a people have been through in this country?
It is amazing how the oppressed become the oppressors. So many black church ministers in America have gone rogue (which is nothing new) and launched all out attacks on groups and individuals that don't fit in with their religious views. From Reverend Wright to Pastor Manning, these are just two examples of how everything that is preached in the pulpit isn't about loving your fellow man or uniting and helping the community.
Am I stating that all black churches or black people are bad people? Am I saying that black people are weak and not a strong people? Of course not! What I am stating is that many (if not most) black preachers perpetuate hateful rhetoric against gay people in America and prey on the fears of their church members. (see my blog entry GOD Hates Fags)
Why do people believe that the rights of the minority should be up for popular vote anyway?
Imagine if slavery would have been left up to the vote of the people, black people would still be slaves!
I think that Black people are afraid. As a matter of fact, I believe that black people are the most fearful group in American history. Our ancestors were conditioned by the slave master to be afraid. Christianity was twisted and distorted and used to enslave our ancestors by creating a culture of fear that has been handed down through the generations.
Black churches have (in the name of Jesus) convinced us that if we don't walk right, talk right, dress right, have sex right or vote right, we will go to straight to hell.
Black churches have adopted the same practices handed down from our slave handlers using the bible as a way to keep black people in check and to whip us into submission.
Another manifestation of our fear is self loathing. We see it in statistics about our health, black on black crime, prison incarceration rates and substance abuse, etc.
As a people, many of us are simply embarrassed. So many of us (African Americans) will do whatever it takes to prevent any additional social "strikes" against us. Many of us will even deny others their rights if we believe our chances of getting into heaven will increase.
Many heterosexual black women (who tend to be well represented within black churches) are also afraid that their chances of finding a husband is essentially in jeopardy and that by voting for Prop 8 they will somehow stop the perceived exodus of black men to the gay side and secure a man for themselves.
I believe that if civil rights for certain groups (other than heterosexual black people) were left up to the black majority, there would be a new form of legalized slavery in America, especially in regards to the LGBT community. Denying gay people their rights is a direct insult to everyone that ever fought for civil rights and democracy in America and around the world.
And although the Mormon Church (white folks) played a huge role in raising the money to ensure the success of Prop 8, many black churches in California jumped right on the band wagon by encouraging their members to Vote Yes on the measure.
Barack Obama's experience with Reverend Wright proves my point that Black Churches cancel out the good that they do by preaching hateful and divisive messages from the pulpit and encouraging their congregations to follow suit.
When Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in Grant Park, he made it clear that America is a multi-fabric cloth that includes gay people. And that their is no room in a progressive America for discrimination of any kind.
Obama is clear that anyone who is against this vision of equality for all is indeed against the very ideals that will heal America and move our nation forward.
I urge black people regardless of your sexual orientation to go out and support your brothers and sisters who are "gay" and stop the oppressive behaviors that have been programmed into the black collective psyche. Can't you see that you are killing your people?
The concepts espoused by Barack Obama, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are not just for black people, they are words for all oppressed people seeking equality.
Gay and lesbian people in America will have equal rights and it will happen in my lifetime.