One step forward (or Stay classy Dems)

November 5, 2008

BO did it. And I’m happy about it. If McCain had won, the headline would have been RACIST AMERICANS VOTE FOR BUSHITLER THIRD TERM. I couldn’t have handled anymore of that shit.

In an interesting twist, two states (FL and CA) that went for Obama enshrined discrimination into their constitution with amendments banning gay marriage. Who’s partly to blame? Those very same people who overwhelmingly voted for BO…Blacks and Hispanics:

California’s black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, provided key support for a state ban on same-sex marriage…

Exit poll data showed seven in 10 black voters and more than half of Latino voters backed the ballot initiative, while whites and Asians were split.

Though blacks and Latinos combined make up less than one-third of California’s electorate, their opposition to same-sex marriage appeared to tip the balance. Both groups decisively backed Obama regardless of their position on the initiative.

Nice.

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4 Responses to “One step forward (or Stay classy Dems)”

  1. col Says:

    it’s a trend thru history: often persecuted, less accepted, less educated and economically inferior groups put down and single out other less favored minorities as a means of bolstering themselves into the mainstream. the irish, when they first got to america, were not considered to be “white.”

    it’s a sad comment on society that we still feel the need to reject/put others down in order to feel security in ourselves. in many cases the groups doing the judging and rejecting simply aren’t educated. in others they are fundamentalist nutjobs.

  2. John in IL Says:

    Except teh gays can’t reproduce. Other minorities can. When the very blue state of CA passes this, I get a little worried.

  3. superdave524 Says:

    It’s messed up. Some of it, I think, has to do with African-American views on religion. When I campaigned for the Statehouse (I lost, but still I learned stuff), I went to several black churches and an NAACP dinner. They know their Bible a lot better than most white folks do, and, while they don’t have quite as much bile as a lot of fundamentalist groups do, they have strong opinions on some of the same things that fundies do. I watched a black preacher (who is also a state senator), speaking at the NAACP function get some cool looks as he presented gay rights as civil rights. I don’t know how much impact he had on the crowd on that issue, but I know he was re-elected.

    And California (and Minnesota, for that matter) are hard for me to understand sometimes. Blue states that elect Ahnold and Jesse “the Body” Ventura as their governors? Huh?

  4. col Says:

    john, i’m with you too in being worried about this egregious violation of civil rights in one of the bluest of blue states. it’s proof that immigration and the shifting demographics of the U.S. can have a big impact on our daily lives.

    it’s also, for me, the reason to put the focus on education. my ancestors were ignorant, but after a couple of generations, we evolved to the point where my brothers and i see the world differently and respect the rights of all people. hoping that can happen for others too.


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