June 30, 2011


Edward Williams' op-ed today at Philly.com makes a good historical parallel regarding the struggle of gay Americans and that of blacks -- except that his very first sentence totally glosses over a very uncomfortable fact: that a majority of African-Americans do not support gay marriage. Williams writes "ALTHOUGH some African-Americans remain vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage ..."

"Some?" Sixty percent is "some?" This is in contrast to the fact that, for the first time, a majority of the general public supports gay marriage. But it is a consistent trend: Blacks voted for California's Proposition 8 (which would ban gay marriage in the state) in the 70% range, whereas whites and Asians voted 51% against the measure.

I am not casting aspersions on the black community's motives or beliefs on this issue; I am, however, pointing out that Mr. Williams is being quite misleading with his terminology in painting a picture that doesn't exactly exist like he tries to make it sound.

Posted by Felix at June 30, 2011 12:57 PM | TrackBack

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