Thursday, December 4, 2008

Congressional Black Caucus And Prop 8

I've been reading in the blogs about African-Americans and their effect on Prop 8's passage. This is not a surprising way to view the election, not in our age of demographic-ized election cycles. The difference between their voting blocks and other voting blocks is important to notice.

But it's also important to notice that African-Americans are not one homogenized group. There's a distinctly different history in Los Angeles, and other Western African-American communities than, say, their southern counterparts. And one key point is interesting to note.

In the above video, you'll notice that the Californian representing Los Angeles, Diane Watson, is less than sympathetic. But the two gentlemen from Georgia are passionate that you cannot separate civil rights. And at least one of them cites the anti-miscegenation laws, which I have heard constantly cited in reasons why it's supposedly ironic that A-A's in California came out against gays' rights.

I'd just like to point out one thing. The Georgian who mentions anti-miscegenation laws notes that it was in his lifetime. Not long ago. In California, the anti-miscegenation law was struck down in 1948. As in, not in most people's lifetimes.

I think that's important to note.