After reading a peculiar article about the black church on CNN this morning, I admittedly had a moment of pause. The article seems to imply that the lack of support for gay marriage within the black church is not only unsubstantiated, but further undermined because the bible being quoted is the same book used to justify the institution of slavery. As a proponent of gay marriage myself (I have no problem with it), I was admittedly disappointed by the CNN depiction of the black church as a haven of unsophisticated dimwits who need to move to the 21st century.
This led me to consider five questions I’d like to ask both CNN and the liberal Democratic establishment as it pertains to the issue of gay marriage:
1) Do you think that Black people work for you?
Ever since the Democrats backed African Americans on the issue of civil rights, some have behaved as if we owe them a lifetime of gratitude. Our issues are swept to the side, and we only get a voice if we express concern over gay rights, the environment, immigration and all the other things that liberals care about. Even some of our most prominent civil rights leaders end up bringing issues to the black community that lead listeners to give them the side eye: “Why is Rev/Dr/Pastor (fill in the blank) talking about immigration and the environment, but never discussing poverty, racism and mass incarceration?” While certain black public figures may work for the Democrats, the rest of the community does not. There isn’t enough money to pay off everyone.
2) Why aren’t you making the same critique of white Christians?
The notion that African Americans are somehow psychologically diseased for disagreeing with a popular liberal viewpoint gives one serious cause for concern. Ostracizing the black church and its members in this way implies that African Americans are not the “cool kids,” and should give in to political peer pressure. All the while, I’ve barely heard a peep about white Christians who read from the same bible. There are white people who oppose gay marriage too.
3) Slavery? Did you really have to go there?
Let’s be clear: Gay is NOT the new black and black will never be the old gay.