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Friday, November 7, 2008


Shanikka at My Left Wing counters Coates, saying blaming Black folks for Prop 8's failure is racist:
I am working too hard. I have no time to write diaries. Yet between yesterday afternoon, when I'd finally read one hateful racist fingerpoint from a white gay person too many here and elsewhere on the internet, I'd had enough. I therefore blew off work that needed to get done and still needs to get done to try and put to rest, once and for all, this virulently racist idea that Black people are to blame for the passage of Proposition 8 here in California. It is an idea grounded in utter myth, a complete lack of knowledge about anything related to Black people's presence in California, and just plain old scapegoating.

Hoepfully, this diary will help put all that to rest, and we can get back to work trying to beat back the hateful results of Tuesday's vote.

She really breaks it down. Read the whole post. I think she and Ta-Nehisi both have valid points: while there may not have been enough Black folks in California, among other things (I'm going to fact-check that), that doesn't excuse even one California voter from voting for this bigotry.

Black folks (and non-Black folks) need to move past homophobia. Wake up.

(H/T: Jack Turner.)

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