One of the good/scary/useful things coming out of Proposition 8’s passage is that it’s started a conversation within the gay community about its identity and future. Not all of it’s pretty, however– and with 70% of black voters supporting Prop. 8, much of the discussion centers on race, with it sometimes boiling over into N-bombs being hurled on the street. Seriously people?Â Queerty breaks down your race war conversation into easy talking points.
“Obama caused Prop. 8 to pass!“: With black folks coming out in huge numbers to support Barack Obama, enough Black people voted to pass the proposition, goes this argument. The problem is that there just aren’t that many black people to have changed the outcome one way or another. In California, blacks are the only ethnic group to be declining in population.
“Black people get pissed off gays are comparing marriage to civil rights“: This one is actually pretty true and the first person who made it to me was a skinny white dude. Gay people have never been enslaved, if they want they can conceal their identities, at least to most people. Check out this hilarious and enlightening video of a black guy sharing his views and telling a story about walking down the street with a friend and the friend noting that a passerby is a lesbian because she’s wearing carrier pants. “Now, I have no idea what carrier pants are. I can’t tell”, he says. Now, the fact that gays and lesbians are beaten, murdered, tortured and executed across the globe for their sexual orientation is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s clear the case has yet to be won that gay rights are civil rights.
“The gay community is pretty racist to begin with and shouldn’t be surprised that it lost in communities it has never reached out to“: Hey, that sounds pretty convincing, right? One of the biggest failures of the No on 8 Campaign was its reliance on television ads and phonebanking alone. In fact, No on 8. organizer Julie Davis crowed that they weren’t going to go around “randomly knocking on doors”. The Yes on 8 campaign knocked and attributed the hands-on approach to their success. In an essay, Jasmyne Cannick points out that the gay community has done a terrible job of outreaching to the black community, often relying on handing out token positions and holding patronizing “Come Out” rallies for black people–and staging them in non-black areas like Pasedena.