“Some say we have a split personality”

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

In Houston, TX: It’s called The Gay Takeover. In Maine: Many are in it for the long haul. And the warring of words, opinions, and factions remain as issues with gay rights continue to fill the ballot box, the halls of legislatures, conversations, and even the White House.

In Houston, one of the candidates, city Controller Annise Parker faces a runoff election in December. What’s becoming more of an issue as the runoff approaches is her sexuality. According to the Houston Chronicle “A cluster of socially conservative Houstonians is planning a campaign to discourage voters from choosing City Controller Annise Parker in the December mayoral runoff because she is a lesbian, according to multiple ministers and conservatives involved in the effort.” In Maine, voters recently repealed a measure allowing same-sex marriage.

While many have compared gay rights movement to the civil rights movement for African Americans, many would like to draw the line before the pen starts to mark it. In 2004 Reverend Gregory Daniels, an African American minister made this point very clear when he said “If the KKK opposes gay marriage, I would ride with them.” Click here to complete Village Voice article. In an October 2009 article for AOL Black Voices, Paul Shepard says “actually, some say we have a split personality when it comes to liberalism and gay rights.”

Shepard referenced a Pew Research Center study where 64 percent of African Americans think homosexuality is morally wrong, when compared to whites and Hispanics, only 48 percent and 43 percent, respectively, view it as morally wrong. The split personality, according to Shepard, shows that African Americans are not a “monolith,” yet the Pew findings should not be very surprising to anyone because “for nearly all black people, issues of racial equity are important. In the past, the Democratic Party has championed those issues more effectively than Republicans. But for many black people who were raised in a church-going environment, homosexuality and civil unions are against Biblical teachings. Therefore, it makes sense that a lot of black folks can accept the overall “liberal,” or Democratic, agenda and question or reject a part of it.”

To read the Pew Research Center report, click here.


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