Our latest for EBONY: "Obama’s 'Halo Effect': Black Support for Gay Marriage Exceeds the General Population." The article analyses new polling that shatters the myth that Blacks are overwhelmingly homophobic.
So much for the ridiculous media narrative—that includes you, Touré!—that suggested Black voters would “abandon” President Barack Obama after his historic announcement supporting equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. The effect has been just the opposite. New polling shows Black support for marriage equality exceeds the population at-large. ...
"Support for gay marriage has reached a new high among African-Americans in ABC/Post polls, up from four in 10 in recent surveys to 59 percent now," reports ABC News. Support among Blacks has increased by almost half overnight.
It was foolish to entertain thoughts that Black voters would torpedo the re-election of our first Black president over same-sex marriage—or any single issue. Black people are just as multi-dimensional as anyone else, but a stubborn media narrative routinely suggests that Black folks are robotic, monolithic and homophobic, programmed by "powerful" "Black pastors" who are all anti-gay.
The truth is more nuanced. Blacks tend to be much more religious than the population at-large. But Black folks overwhelmingly support progressive political candidates, unlike White evangelicals, who overwhelmingly support conservative Republicans.
Read the article HERE.