Speaking of prominent black media figures who have yet to make any noise on the two 11-year-old boys who were bullied into suicide ...
CNN's Roland Martin appeared on AC360 last night to debate Michelangelo Signorile on the Miss California controversy. Before watching the clip, make sure you read Martin's CNN column "Miss California, Thanks for Being Honest." The radio host and CNN personality slams "gay-focused blogs" and defends Miss California, Carrie Prejean, because "she has been savagely attacked" for speaking the "truth." Not a very good history on gay issues, that Roland Martin.
Martin also inflates "polls" on AC360 to exaggerate how many Americans are against gay rights and marriage equality.
AFTER THE JUMP, video of AC360's debate.
Mike Signorile also blogs about the debate.
Transcript is here. The best part of the interview:
SIGNORILE: Let me say the world is changing dramatically. Just in the past few months, we have the governor of New York, an African-American leader. We have the NAACP president, Julian Bond. We have the governor of Massachusetts. We have Reverend Al Sharpton all saying that marriage is a civil rights issue for gays and lesbians.
And we've had enormous change. Iowa, Vermont, so it's changing. I think the president is going to change. And he's not standing in the way of marriage. And Hillary Clinton has already shifted a lot, too. The terrain is shifting. This is a civil rights issue.
MARTIN: But the CNN poll shows that 65 percent of Americans still say they're against same-sex marriage.
MARTIN: It's shifting, but the numbers are still there.
SIGNORILE: In 1967, 70 percent of Americans were opposed to interracial marriage, but the world changed. People stood up and led the way. And I think you would have been proud in '67 if the judges at the Miss America pageant or Miss USA pageant voted down a contestant because they didn't believe in interracial marriage. They did the right thing.
It's always amusing to me when black folks use polls or the Bible to justify their opposition to gay rights or same-sex marriage, seeing that public opinion and religious dogma were often used to deny equal rights to black people.
Even more interesting when they inflate the numbers. On AC360, Martin said "65 percent of Americans are against same-sex marriage" In his commentary earlier that afternoon, Martin said, "55 percent of Americans are against same-sex marriage." A ten percent jump in one day? Or perhaps he is making up numbers as he goes along? This speaks for itelf, imho.