Realistically if you are in this country and you're black AND gay, it makes you a minority WITHIN a minority. So I don't get how some people can just assume that it's hypocritical/ironic/betraying etc for the Prop 8 stats to be what they were. Caucasion gays are a minority within mainstream Caucasion society...Why do some people view Black society as being any different?
The Associate Dean for the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University is black, and a good friend of mine. She is as upset as any gay man about Prop 8. She told me that the flyer that was mailed to many voters was obviously targeting black voters....had many prominent black ministers advocating a Yes on 8 vote.
See, I dont' see this as a racial issue at all. But a sort of cultural issue in that fundamentalism is still the Christianity of choice for many African American people. Just like the staunch Morons...oh, sorry, Mormons, and Catholic caucasians were piled on the Yes on 8 train, so too were the highly indoctrinated (as are the Mormons and Cathoics) African American church goers.
So, this really is an issue of religion NOT race. So I think it would be important for the rhetoric to be toned down about this.
Lisa also mentioned a study (don't know the source) that showed that the argument made to black fundamentalists that suggested a parallel of the struggle of gay men and African American struggle for equality does not garner any support. To many people that she knows, it still is a matter of religion. And, folks, we've had lots of examples of how blind staunch fundamentalist Christians are....