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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NOM's Strategy: "To Drive Wedge Between Gays and Blacks"

Posted by on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Some things must be seen to be believed, so it's time to do some seeing of recent court filings by the National Organization for Marriage, which say the group is essentially trying to "fan" a race war. Via AmericaBlog:

The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key democratic constituencies. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key...

Just incredible... that they'd put it on paper.

This is essentially the same strategy used by Pastor Ken Hutcherson, who has railed for years against comparisons between marriage equality and civil rights, and NOM is obviously hip to the incendiary post-Prop 8 fallout after exit polls showed many African Americans in California voted against same-sex marriage and gays lost their shit.

Washington State may be a something of a case study on the efficacy of this tack in the next seven months. Preserve Marriage Washington—the new group working with NOM and Focus on the Family to overturn marriage equality by getting Referendum 74 on the ballot and then rejecting it—has used stock photos of African American families in heavy rotation on its website. And while that's hardly evidence on its own, let's be real: NOM and Focus on the Family aren't particularly black organizations (and Washington State is a pretty white state). During the campaign, the rabid preachings of Hutcherson could serve to amp up divisions among progressive gays and racial minorities. We'll have to see if gays take the bait.

Since this news broke yesterday—and spread faster than santorum in a cracked pressure cooker—NOM director Brian Brown took a page from the Hutcherson playbook, saying on the group's blog, "Gay marriage is not a civil right, and we will continue to point this out in written materials such as those released in Maine. We proudly bring together people of different races, creeds and colors to fight for our most fundamental institution: marriage."

You can read the entire court record here.


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"hip to the incendiary post-Prop 8 fallout" - boy, that sure reminds me of those million-comment threads Dan used to generate here back then.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 2
"We'll have to see if gays take the bait."
What about the Blacks? Do they not take bait???

And by definition, is it taking bait to call bigots bigoted for behaving in bigoted ways?... Or are Liberals just pretending it is until Obama can figure out how to shave this issue as far right as he can to keep his Black voters in line behind him? (Remember, his position on marriage equality is still "evolving" or some such bullshit...).
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on March 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Aurora Erratic 3
Just want to add, from Maine with love, "Good fucking luck with that." Marriage equality is coming to Maine: no stopping this train, this time.
Posted by Aurora Erratic on March 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Charles Manson had a similar game plan.
Posted by sassafras on March 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
I just want to point out that marriage is gay. Incidentally, having children is even gayer. Add to that, the military of any nation has historically been really, really gay.

Spoken like a crazy bitch: "our most fundamental institution: marriage."

Lol wut?
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on March 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 6

What makes you think black voters are going to abandon him because of marriage equality? Obama doesn't support it because of suburban, white, middle-aged, male voters. They decide elections, and they are bigots.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
seatackled 7
No bait needed for some gays. See #2.
Posted by seatackled on March 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM · Report this
"And by definition, is it taking bait to call bigots bigoted for behaving in bigoted ways?"

It can be. If the "bait" offered was about moving the discussion from "marriage equality" to "white guy calls black guy a bigot".

And the media will LOVE that because one on one conflict sells.
Therefore they will hunt for those stories and skip over the main issue.
Particularly if they can find a black person with a personal history of tragedy from the Civil Rights marches.
And compare him to a successful young gay guy (white) who was called "fag" in prep school.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on March 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
It's not race, it's religion. And posts like Dan Savage's "Black Homophobia" from 2008 don't help the cause for gay marriage.
Posted by DOUG. on March 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM · Report this
That's the classiest, most effective strategy I've seen since I was an abortion-clinic escort in Philadelphia and we had ancient men with Southern accents, old enough to have been grownups in the early 1960's, imploring women not to kill their black babies. Now we're supposed to believe NOM cares about the black family? Hilarious.
Posted by Prettybetsy on March 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 11
Either way, how terribly brave of him.
(Got to love that “fierce advocacy!”)
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on March 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Eric F 12
The larger point: NOM is just a stalking horse for the Republican Party. They don't care as much about gay marriage as they care about using it as a wedge issue to get more Republicans elected. That's why anti-marriage-equality initiatives are filed for general elections--they think it brings the right's base out in force. Until recently, it's worked, too.
Posted by Eric F on March 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Fnarf 13
Their first campaign slogans:

Psst - hey, Negroes: gay people hate chitlins! Really, it's true!

Hey, there, homosexualist! Did you know that the Negroes want to ban show tunes?
Posted by Fnarf on March 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Bullseye, @12. It's not about gays, or blacks, or marriage, or civil rights, or religion. It's about R's vs D's.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on March 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 15
What they can't explain is how exactly marriage equality threatens their opposite marriage.

"Racism is really pointless. If you just get to know someone, you'll find all kinds of other reasons to hate them."

-George Carlin
Posted by Original Andrew on March 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
@6: Because black voters are predominantly evangelical Christians and socially conservative, that's why. The Repuglican party is reaching out to them by exploiting their fear and prejudice, just like they do their white voters. Because that's all they have left.
Posted by TheBadSeed131313 on March 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 17
@16: "exploiting their fear and prejudice"

It's not just exploiting the fear and prejudice of the "black community", you know. There's plenty of racism in the gay community that allowed NOM to set all bigoted tones on both sides.

What's important is to understand this and move past the media narrative that the US cable and print media greedily gobbled up. Gays are not inherently anti-minority, or even necessarily anti-religion, and not all blacks are anti-gay.

Fuck the media, fuck NOM, let's just realize that they're both very good at sticking wedges between us.
Posted by undead ayn rand on March 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
xaotica 18
Regardless of how depressed you might be about your career, future, or any of life's other stresses... at least at the end of the day, you can remind yourself that you don't devote your limited time and energy to "pitting the blacks against the gays". What a sad existence.
Posted by xaotica on March 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM · Report this
18 don't knock it until you've tried it, sweetie
Posted by Prop8 on March 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM · Report this
undead ayn rand 20
@19: Yeah, anyone spending all of their time stalking the Slog is having a real fulfilling life.
Posted by undead ayn rand on March 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
Posted by undead ayn rand on March 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
It's not about "blacks" it's about people who practice religious-based bigotry.... and some of those people happen to be black. One false notion that NOM likes to push is that if a person is part of a group that is or has ever been on the receiving end of bigotry, then that person can't themselves be bigoted. "Yes, I know that Jewish man hates all African Americans but Jews were the targets of Nazi's so we can't call him a bigot." It's absurd and we shouldn't be afraid to say as much.
Posted by Greg B. on March 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM · Report this
hello all,

my name is Chris, and I am from North Carolina. (Don't boo me, lol) anyhow, I've written a article comparing gay rights, such as marriage, to those rights of African Americans. You can read it at the link below. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Thank you (not spam)…

Again, thanks. Sincerely, Chris W.
Posted by willic22 on June 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM · Report this

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