"a recent L.A. Times poll that showed 54% of African Americans remain steadfastly opposed to same-sex marriage. In this regard straight privilege and religious privilege have converged in a decidedly unholy alliance. The tiresome debate over whether gay and lesbian liberation struggle is a “civil rights” issue hinges on proprietary claims to the civil rights movement legacy that supposedly only straight black folk are entitled to."
Same sex marriage, religiosity and race
seem to be inescapably intertwined, but wishy-washy lefty liberals like me find it uncomfortable to talk about this.
I live in England, where the majority of caucasians are either atheistic/agnostic or, at worst, vaguely deistic in a vaguely xpian sense. BUT, it seems to me that a majority of arab, asian and black people I meet are religious, generally monotheistic. I'm assuming that the reasons for the higher levels of religiosity among non-white ethnic groups are cultural, not some function of their ethnicity.
So, how do we tackle this?
p.s. You may have worked out from my name that I'm a bit arabic myself. This doesn't mean I'm not racist (IMO, everyone is inherently racist to some degree, the important question is whether we allow ingrained prejudice to affect
our thoughts and actions; I try to recognise my own biases and deal with them), but I feel obliged to chuck it in the mix to add some small support my point that I'm not approaching this argument from a position of racism.