Any writer who’s spent significant time in the suburbs of Atlanta, on the South-Side of Chicago, or here in Harlem, knows that black people aren’t “left-leaning”–they just think the GOP is racist. Surveys may show blacks leaning-left on certain issues (minimum wage? ending the war?) but take it from an actual black leftist, there is a conservative streak running through black America wider than the Mississippi. Don’t confuse “enemy of my enemy”-ism, with actual sympathy.
I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. Being a black progressive means a lot of biting your tongue in barbershops and Thanksgiving dinners — or barring that, resignation to being shouted down.
That said, if biting our tongues means the continued passage of measures like Prop 8, we probably need to shift tactics. But how? The places that are usually the locus of conversations about sexuality are places that many black progressives can’t access or would never frequent (the church, being the most obvious example).