Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Dark Day

Nov. 4, 2008, an historic and proud day for certain. A day when one Barack Obama was judged by the electorate “not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character”. Martin Luther King Jr. could not have been more pleased, were he still with us.

So why do I call it a dark day? Is it a reference to African Americans? Yes, but not in the way you might think. On the day when America moved so symbolically toward a post-racist environment, the state of California, and more importantly, 69% of its African American voters, voted Yes on Proposition 8, thus rendering homophobia alive and well.

With “yes” at around 52% of the vote for the odious proposition, it appears that mathematically, had a majority of African Americans voted “no”, it would have been narrowly defeated. Shame on the voters of California! But on this wonderful day of racial togetherness, I heap even more shame on more than two-thirds of its black voters! What a wonderful way to celebrate a major defeat of racism, by foisting your homophobia upon your neighbors. I guess it’s true that pink is the new brown. Bravo, and well done!


Exick said...

A very unfortunate outcome. I find it a little amusing that so many of the ads in favor of Prop 8 were arguing that religious freedoms were being threatened by allowing gays to get married, but they somehow don't see the irony of codifying something like the definition of marriage.

Also, this douchenozzle at work decided that he was going to vote in favor of Prop 8 even though he's opposed to it because by the time he got to the polls, Obama already had such a huge lead that he felt like he needed to poke the Democrats in the eye a little.

T. Johnson (aka "24") said...

It's reprehensible. We are not truly free until all of our brothers and sisters are free...