I wrote below about the need for the equality movement writ large to not write off populations that voted yes on 8, but instead to mobilize and build inroads to create a successful electoral movement. But it’s important noting what Think Progress has been keeping track of.
There is now a large scale effort underway by Christian fundamentalists to drive as large a wedge as possible between African Americans and gay people. Their strategic aim is simple, make sure that African Americans never see any commonality with the equality movement.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on The View said the following:
HUCKABEE: It’s a different set of rights. People who are homosexuals should have every right in terms of their civil rights, to be employed, to do anything they want. But that’s not really the issue. I know you talked about it and I think you got into it a little bit early on. But when we’re talking about a redefinition of an institution, that’s different than individual civil rights.
BEHAR: Well, segregation was an institution, too, in a way. It was right there on the books.
HUCKABEE: But here is the difference. Bull Connor was hosing people down in the streets of Alabama. John Lewis got his skull cracked on the Selma bridge.
Of course these claims aren’t true, gays have suffered tremendous violence motivated by hate. In 2007 according to the FBI,16.6% of reported Hate Crimes were against gay people. And incidents in Laramie, Wisconsin, among many, many others prove that gay people have also been targeted and killed for who they are.
This violence based line of argument is disgusting and serves to do nothing more than to divide along racial lines.