We all remember how black folks in Cali were blamed for the passage of prop 8 (which has now been overturned by a Reagan-appointed federal judge), right? Here's my initial rant about the easy and condescending admonishing of the black community. And now, I got some numbers to back me up! I'm just really tired of the black community being talked down to. We're not the problem.
So here. New info about prop 8 polling that I hope gets as much play as the "blame the black guy" story:
After the election, a misleading finding from exit polls led many to blame African Americans for the loss. But in our new analysis, it appears that African Americans' views were relatively stable. True, a majority of African Americans opposed same-sex marriage, but that was true at the beginning and at the end of the campaign; few changed their minds in the closing weeks.Read more on David Fleischer's findings here.
The shift, it turns out, was greatest among parents with children under 18 living at home — many of them white Democrats.
The numbers are staggering. In the last six weeks, when both sides saturated the airwaves with television ads, more than 687,000 voters changed their minds and decided to oppose same-sex marriage. More than 500,000 of those, the data suggest, were parents with children under 18 living at home. Because the proposition passed by 600,000 votes, this shift alone more than handed victory to proponents.