What’s Up With Blacks and Hispanics?


I don’t get it. Blacks in this country have been discriminated against for centuries. They have been denied the right of possession, the right to vote, and above all: the right to be equal.

Hispanics in this country have been considered a secondary class by the white majority. They have been denied the right to citizenship, the right to health care, and above all: the right to be equal.

So why in the world are Blacks and Hispanics opposing gay marriage? One with intelligence and compassion within their psyche would think, at the minimum, anyone who has faced a history of prejudice in this country would think twice before opposing the same civil rights they were denied in their recent history.

Is it religion? Are the God of the black man and the God of the hispanic man telling them to do this?

Is it fear? Does the Black man and the Hispanic man fear the homosexual? Are they afraid their child might be gay? Are they afraid their child might want to marry someone of the same sex?

Is it ignorance? Do the Black man and the Hispanic man think that the rights they fought so long for will be negated?

I would like to remind my Black and Hispanic friends of this one point. For decades the strongest supporters of your concerted efforts to secure equality were the gay man and woman. In the early days of the civil rights movement, gay men and women marched alongside black men and women. In the early days of the fight for recognition by Hispanics, the gay man and woman protested in the streets and fields with you. And still do.

Today, in the State of New York, two rogue Hispanic legislators broke ranks with the Democratic leadership of their Legislature. Why? To defeat an upcoming measure allowing gay marriage in the state.

Why?

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  2. As I see it, the good book never kept anybody enslaved. Slavers and their supporters used the “good book” to defend keeping other human beings in bondage. What I am saying, and what many gay marriage proponents seem to refuse to hear, is that the Bible does in fact dictate what is acceptable for people to do behind closed doors. You can talk about what is right and your opponents will talk about what is “wrong” and that is where the argument will stay deadlocked.

    My intent is to persuade when I speak to opponents of gay marriage, I don’t even hit on the “rights” issue much. It is as much of a brick wall as confronting a “pro-lifer” who supports the death penalty. Instead, I talk to them about “orientation” vs “choice.” I have found it to be far more effective in at least getting gay marriage opponents to consider that if God “made” someone a certain way, why shouldn’t that person be able to partake in marriage? Trust me, it works.

    Peace

  3. Howie, you make it about race and I say it’s about religion. Both black and Latino people are, and this is a generalization, very religious, usually Christian. If you do not understand the role religion played (plays?) in the ability to survive the ravages of racism then you and other supporters of gay marriage will never win gay marriage approval the way you hope.

    I am proudly, black, straight and against Prop 8 and I have been very vocal and have blogged about it. But it bothers me when you say things like:”For decades the strongest supporters of your concerted efforts to secure equality were the gay man and woman.” Please be specific because I do not know that to be true. Could you give examples? And what if that were true? Is the gay community owed something for doing what was right? Further, it is disingenuous to not acknowledge the racism that exists in the white gay community. I am here on the ground here in Los Angeles,California. I watched how the ‘No on 8′ folks avoided black neighborhoods while they were canvassing. How do you think you are going to reach people and/or change hearts if you don’t stand with them and speak to them and convince them?

    I am disappointed and at times angered that so many people of color resist gay marriage. However, I think we must be mindful not to use that disappointment as carte blanche to make racist generalizations.

    • I think Carmen D. has a great point.. One I’ve never considered, but now.. totally agree with.

      there are not many ‘inclusive’ religions.. in fact they are pretty exclusive when it comes to what they believe people have the right to do.. Latinos are heavily Catholic right? well then it would make sense that they are against gay marriage.. same with Blacks, they are heavily Baptist or some form of Baptist right?

      good comment Carmen..BUT this..

      “Is the gay community owed something for doing what was right?”

      is where I believe you remove the ‘religious’ reason.. you are black, so to you ‘civil rights’ was the right thing to do.. but allowing another group of ppl, whether you agree with them religiously or not, to have the ‘rights’ as you is is wrong?

      no the ‘right’ thing to do is treat everyone equally no matter what color they are or what your ‘good book’ tells you about what they do behind closed doors…. because at one time that same ‘good book’ is what kept you enslaved..

      • is where I believe you remove the ‘religious’ reason.. you are black, so to you ‘civil rights’ was the right thing to do.. but allowing another group of ppl, whether you agree with them religiously or not, to have the ‘rights’ as you is is wrong?

        no the ‘right’ thing to do is treat everyone equally no matter what color they are or what your ‘good book’ tells you about what they do behind closed doors…. because at one time that same ‘good book’ is what kept you enslaved..

        Thank you, my dear. My point exactly…

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