SO much truth in that piece. So much news that folks really need to read and understand.
"The top issues for African Americans are jobs and the economy," said David Bositis, senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, whose scholarship focuses on black civic engagement. "In surveys on what African-American voters consider to be the most important problems in the country, which I often ask when I poll, gay marriage does not even show up."
There are way too many blacks that are against marriage equality, but the idea that we somehow own or even corner the market in this area is so stupid. What Mr. Bositis has said is very much line with what I hear among my black friends/family. Either we're in favor or it's really not on the radar. The religious blacks that are vehemently opposed run a very, very DISTANT third behind those who don't care one way or the other and those who are in favor.
Of course, we're forgetting that there are a lot of black people who are also fine with gay marriage and what the president said was in-line with their views. From average folks on the street to me to Will Smith and Jay-Z to activist/Black Panther Huey P. Newton from beyond the grave.
But those people are boring and don't fit a media narrative. What's going to get you more buzz?
Yep. Although it doesn't appear that the same folks who rushed to gin up and display their own bigotries after Prop 8 are quite as vocal this time around.