Obama’s Gay Marriage Endorsement is a Slap in the Face to Black Conservatives
By LaShaun Williams on May 15, 2012
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[Editor's Note: President Obama's announcement to support gay marriage has a lot of implications among black voters, especially among the religious community which has historically shied away from backing gay rights. BlogHer LaShaun Williams of The L Factor feels the President has turned his back on African American voters in the process. Read on to see why. --Grace]
To kick off his 2012 presidential campaign he’s abandoned black Christians in exchange for the gays, because there is power in numbers. And, the gay roar has definitely grown more fierce since 2008. Unlike blacks unable to keep their skin color in the closet, the gay community has climbed socio-economic ranks and gained significant traction. With money and pop culture on their side, they have become the poster children for equality. Obama is also aware of the racial implications of his presidency and knows a heavy portion of black voters will lend their ballots regardless of his actions. And, with the Republican misuse of race-baiting on his side, he is comfortable banking on negative Party associations to maintain the black vote.
An overflow crowd attends a viewing party at Antioch Baptist Church for the Inauguration of President Barack Obama , Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Carloyn Hardin, back right, and Mary Short are in the background. NICOLE FRUGEfirstname.lastname@example.org (Credit Image: © San Antonio Express-News/ZUMA Press)