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Conservatives throwing tantrums at black community over Obama support

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I must say that I am getting a kick out of reading and watching those on the right, particularly the religious right, predict how African-Americans will desert President Obama come election day due to his support of marriage equality.

It’s hilarious to me to read the right-wing publications and blogs give room to a supposed angry black pastor/pastors who whines about how Obama has betrayed the black community, of course omitting the fact that said pastor/pastors never really supported Obama in the first place and that these individuals live off of the attention given to them by the religious right.

I get a kick out of the pundits who are predicting the same in their all-white panels (yes I said it) or panels with just one African-American pundit who can’t seem to get a word in edgewise.

Of course why should the black pundit get a word in edgewise? His words don’t matter. Only the fact that he is seen on television as a token so that the news program can claim that they weren’t being racist or omitting black folks.

And don’t even get me started on the absence of LGBTQ of color pundits.

I find it funny because when push comes to shove, these so-called concerned individuals don’t give a flip about the black community. They look at us as monolithic Borg type creatures who are motivated by solely by pastors with big titles and even bigger mouths.

God forbid that they actually sit down with a group of us to have a real discussion on the matter. Some are only interested in driving a narrative. And when how we act doesn’t suit their narrative, they show their true colors, such as Media Research Center director of media analysis Tim Graham. This is what he said on twitter recently:

So apparently if African-Americans vote for Obama, we are not Christians anymore because Graham sits on the right hand of God. Who would have thought?

And it gets even funnier when one takes into account the words of Harry Jackson, a black pastor who has done really nothing for the black community (consistently sucking at the teat of the religious right doesn’t count as something which moves the black community forward,):

“The black community is in an adulterous relationship with President Obama,” Jackson said. “He is asking us to stray from the most basic tenets of Scripture – that marriage is an institution made by God for man and woman to become one and procreate. He’s telling us it’s fine to hold onto our beliefs but that it’s also okay to accept his stance on a position that goes against that core belief.”

“This is no different than a married person having a relationship with someone other than their spouse,” said Jackson.

So according to Jackson, black people who vote for Obama is akin to having a sexual relationship to one who is not your spouse.

All Jackson’s and Graham’s comments come down to are the real reasons why African-Americans will probably still support Obama in massive numbers. We are not a monolithic community and our actions are not dictated by whomever is the pastor of what church we attend.

We are people who will vote for the person who we feel will do right by our community and country, just like any other voter. And as such, we should be treated like any other voter. Not like people who are dominated by father figures, and not like folks who are willing to cut off our noses to spite our faces in pursuit of a single issue.

Perhaps if we were treated like such by folks like Graham and Jackson, more of us would be inclined to vote their way.

But we all know that’s not going to happen. Because they, like so many other conservatives and pundits in general, seem to think that they know us better than we know ourselves.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. If they hate gays or just dislike homosexuality, why not simply not be gay or do gay things. Wouldn’t, that be so much easier and along the lines of what their religion dictates.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:15am
  2. With the posts I’ve seen, seems like they’re right.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:19am
  3. Brad, Unfortunately there are religious zealots in every religion that manage to twist things around to suit their own version of whatever religion that they are a part of. It does suck that they can’t just let everyone live in peace without trying to force their beliefs down our throats.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:21am
  4. waa waa with their tantrums, who cares what they think…I live for me not for them :)

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:26am
  5. These wack jobs have hit bottom and started digging.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:27am
  6. It makes sense that if one hates gays that they shouldn’t be gay. But we can’t overlook the overly religious love to push their religion onto others. In the US, Christianity is the dominant religion and so many Christians (not all) love to try to push their beliefs onto others. And when that doesn’t work, it’s a war on religion.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:30am
  7. We are not a country with an established religion, so why do these idiots keep pushing religious agenda? If it is legal for gays to get married how in the world does that take away their religious rights?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:31am
  8. Laugh to not cry. It’s ultimately sad that any American can’t see what a progressive step the Obama *family* represents to this country’s history.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:55am
  9. A lot of people in a lot of religions are hypocrites because god doesn’t teach you hate. He teaches love etc and what are “his people” doing…. Smh

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:57am
  10. As soon as religion comes into the discussion, everyone needs to collectively STOP LISTENING. It’s spelled out quite clearly in the constitution – separation of church and state. End of discussion.

    That being said, I’d like to know exactly where in the bible it says that marriage “is an institution made by God for man and woman to become one and procreate.” I’m still waiting for an answer on this one.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:03am
  11. I thought throwing tantrums was for little kids! I see Conservatives have stooped to that level.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:05am
  12. Unfortunately they have forgotten what it felt like to have their rights stripped from them. Moronic…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:07am
  13. Why do blacks have such a high percentage of HIV/AIDS. I believe they call it “on the DL”.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:32am
  14. As you may be aware by now. . . this type of thing will continue for some time. The issue for the LGBT community and for the rest is the issue of supporting ourselves and especially the youth who live in environments that are hostile. What kind of support will be available to those kids who are being thrown out of their homes and onto the streets? what infrastrastructure is and will be available? Priorities, priorities, priorities. . .

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:38am
  15. Preston, just don’t.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:40am
  16. Maybe old Right Wing’r Nancy Reagan had something when she said “Just Say No.”

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:03am
  17. The GOP is proving ‘without a shadow of a doubt’ that they are RACIST…sad, sad, sad…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:29am
  18. The same conservatives who support no women’s rights, slavery and children working in sweatshops & factories.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:03am
  19. We can’t stop listening because obviously, if you look at how many states don’t even recognize same-sex couples and don’t allow them to marry, they are being heard. If we ignore them they will just keep getting their way. To deny anyone the same rights as others in unconstitutional, and even though some states have successfully proven that through the Supreme Court, etc. there are still plenty states that do deny rights to people in a discriminatory way. That is why I won’t ignore them…and why I won’t stop fighting.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:28am
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    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:08am
  21. These ultra-right-wing conservative preachers… of any race, are throwing “tantrums” for two basic reasons: Power and Control. It’s as old as the bible. They care more about using religion to keep themselves in a place of importance and power in their congregations and communities than to show one ounce of compassion or respect for anyone who is not exactly like them. And they use the pulpit of fear and hate to control their “sheep” so that none will think for themselves and stray from the flock. And, they use the media as a tool to proselytize. I believe their pride will come before the fall. People will eventually see that what they are doing is so unlike Christ that they will turn away from them. No one that preaches fear and hate in the name of God can also speak of his universal love with the same tongue. Their hypocrisy will eventually come into the light, just as it did when Jesus confronted the religious leaders of his day (Matthew chapter 23). While we may not agree with everything Pres. Obama is doing, or not like him personally, he is more of a Christian than any of these hate-spewing, fear-mongering preachers.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:57am
  22. Conservative tantrums are good. Death by apoplexy would be even better! Can we all hope for that?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:42pm
  23. Instead of celebrating we have the first black president in history they choose to focus on gay marriage and something divisive, so typical.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:34pm
  24. once again, conservative whites (this time those leading the religous movements) attempt to tell the African American community what to think and do…this rarely ever ends well…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:09pm