Every Silver Cloud has a Black Lining
Yes, We Could.
And We Did…
But every silver cloud has a black lining.
The same African-Americans in California that voted overwhelmingly for the first African-American President voted against equal rights for gay people.
California Blacks voted for Jim Crow laws for gay people. 69% of African-Americans, along with 47% of Whites chose freedom and equality for themselves while voting to place other families they did not understand in as much misery as possible.
One of the fervent things I hope President Obama can do is convince African-Americans that second-class citizenship is wrong for any American. He made a terrific start by mentioning gay Americans in his acceptance speech, the first President to do so.
And to be fair, the political gay community in California as usual ran an awful, awful, stupid, and cowardly campaign. I told them the same thing 8 years ago with Proposition 22. They didn’t listen to me then. They didn’t listen to me now. And it’s time for heads to roll. We need a gay community in California and nationwide that unabashedly demands freedom and equality. “We Shall Overcome” too, but only if we stand up for ourselves. We could all learn a lesson from Rosa Parks.
And now all we can hope and pray is that the California Supreme Court will reject the voters’ choice of hatred and fear, as a brave US Supreme Court did in rejecting Jim Crow laws fifty-odd years ago.