Poll: 60% of African-Americans Do Not Support Gay Marriage

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

In a recent poll on YourBlackWorld.com, 60% of the African American respondents claimed that they are against gay marriage.  The results from the poll are intriguing in light of the African American affiliation with the Democratic Party, which tends to support gay rights.

My personal interpretation of the results is that the poll numbers show that the black community is actually far more conservative than most people think.  Results like these are in line with the strong affiliation that most African Americans have with the black church, which tends to lean against things like gay marriage.  I would expect to see similar results on issues such as abortion.

One could argue that the loyalty African Americans have to the Democratic Party is driven by the fact that the Democrats have been open to embracing the black struggle for civil rights and equality.  The party is also more likely to support programs for the poor, with African Americans being disproportionately represented below the poverty line.  In general, the Democrats don’t hate us as much as the Republicans do, so we tend to remain loyal to liberals, even though black issues are often at the bottom of the priority list.

When I have conversations with other black folks around the dinner table, I am often intrigued by the lack of interest many in our community have in progressive social action.  Even on issues such as criminal justice, there is a large segment of the black community who strongly believes in the power of punishment, with little to no sympathy for convicted felons.  Those who tend to empathize with the issue of mass incarceration are likely the ones who’ve been directly affected by it.

The conservative nature of the black community also shows itself in its treatment of President Barack Obama.  Many blacks have accepted their role as quiet partners in the Obama presidency, loyally supporting the president without any clear expectation that Obama will return the favor by advocating on African American issues.  With black approval consistently above 90%, one could argue that Obama should at least give 1/5 of his political energy to the group that gave him roughly 1/5 of his votes.  Instead, many in the black community are fearful of speaking out, primarily because they don’t want to “mess things up” for Barack.

The general idea is that for many, to be black is to be cautious, careful and quiet.  Those who make waves are typically ostracized, and the polite quest for status symbols becomes the sole objective of many in our community.  Also, our collective self-esteem problem makes us unwilling to stand up for what we deserve, since we tend to be happy with whatever we’ve got.  So, the gay marriage poll results are not surprising if you understand the nature of the black middle class.  The truth is that we can be more conservative than anyone else.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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19 responses to “Poll: 60% of African-Americans Do Not Support Gay Marriage

  1. Why some ‘blacks’ should be gay!

    The rejection of a human being’s propensity to gayness is more a Christian-Catholic religious ideal in this country, although many who are still unable to pull their minds out of the dark-ages in other ways can build prejudices toward issues they cannot understand. Being gay is as much a human physical/mental trait as being a genius. Being a gay genius may get one a pass from the ignorant people who’s negative trait is that that they cannot see human life in all of its beauty and ugliness.

    When the Anglo-Elite were shipping Africans here and there, and pillaging Africa, they were using their missionaries in Africa to teach those people something they could have done without (Christianity and Catholicism), European religions.
    When they brought their captured here they didn’t have to teach them any kind of religion although some most-likely did. They had a hard time impressing Christianity and Catholicism upon the Native Americans which is why many of them were murdered and separated into their own areas (which by the way are still being abused having land/resources stolen).

    African-Americans as slaves did not need to be psychologically indoctrinated into Christian religion early because the whip, and other forms of punishment kept them in line. When the pseudo freedoms were installed there more than likely became a serious rush to indoctrinate the “African Savage” (if you will), to the European religious and God beliefs.

    On the trip over while chained in the ships and treated less than animals, the African people (millions sick and tossed overboard so to avoid the British) were not singing the praises of a ‘Jesus’, for they had no clue as to what the ‘white’ man’s Jesus was. Somewhere along the line of the ‘Manifest Destiny’ conquests of the Anglo-Elite, many cultures from many nations were transformed into Christian/Catholic styled ‘God’ worshipers.
    Even some of the native Americans threw off their previous beliefs to appease the ‘white’ warmongering pillagers.

    It is my contention that if the African-American people had not committed themselves to the Christian Faith, they would have been freed from their Lives instead of freed from ball and chain slavery.

    The phenomenon of religious ‘God’ belief is that it is pervasive, and in a society that reinforces it by the hour of each day of our lives, it is so psychologically embedded into the ‘Americanized’ culture that it lives and breathes virtually on its own.

    Homosexuality (a human trait regardless of what retards my say) is a victim of the man-made religious faith and its man-made teachings.

    Try to imagine how insane mankind really is! Easy for some to understand, but difficult for most!

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  14. Mary Alice

    Excellent analysis. Add the legions who tithe their last to passa, who in turn uses that money to form alliances with those who advocate against the best interests of the parishioners.

  15. If you believe in gay marriage and you support gay marriage you don’t believe
    in God.(And you are going to hell frist class!!)

  16. evan

    was this a web poll? if so, let’s note that it would not have a random sample (sample size = ???), would contain respondents who may or may not be black or in the USA, and who may or may not have cast repeated votes for their position.

    It would be interesting to see a real study. But this is fluff that contributes nothing to the debate beyond a convenient pie chart to accompany the writer’s previously held views.

    Also, it is unclear exactly how this study supports a conclusion that “to be black is to be cautious, careful and quiet”. It sounds more like a disappointment in the way that people the writer believes “should” agree with him, choose, of their own free will, to believe otherwise.

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  18. freddyt

    Homosexuality is evil , not retarded. I want let them off that easy. I am a african amer, male minister Ps 51: 5 We were born into sin; Shapen in iniquity. Lev 18: 22 , I cor 6:9 , R om 1 , Gen 18& 19 are a few verses in the bible against Homosexuality. The soul that sinneth shall die. Hell will be the place for the ones who don’t repent before the they die .

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