In May when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) came out in support of same-sex marriage the reaction from the oppostion was immediate. People questioned whether the NAACP was still relevent and why they were not doing more to help the problems of the African-American community. David Gray put it this way on his blog:
Putting this more succinctly for everyone – In the wake of the Black community being decimated by fatherless homes, abortion, homosexuality, and HIV, here comes – out of their little irrelevant closet – the NAACP to support an agenda that is bent on making the condition of the Black community even worse. — NAACP Becomes Even More Irrelivant by Supporting Homosexual Marriage; DavidLGray.info; May 20, 2012
My questions for Mr. Gray and other opponents to the NAACP endorsement is this: How are the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Family Research Council (FRC) and others who are in the business of opposing gay marriage equality helping to make the condition of the Black community better? What tools, advocacy, white papers, blog posts, fundraising emails, press mentions and interviews have I missed where they are addressing these issues that affect the African-American community directly?
The reality is that I haven’t missed anything. NOM, FRC, et al, are in the business of banning gay marriage equality. That is all they are in the business of doing. They claim to have African-American support on their side, but, if they do, it’s one-way support. I have seen nothing from any of these national or state groups who oppose gay marriage equality and tout their African-American support that is direct help to the African-American community and the problems they face. They advance no solutions; devote none of their time or resources to addressing any of the problems mentioned by Mr. Gray. Their only way to address them; banning gay marriage equality. What real help is that?
The Daily Planet ran an article about the financing for the campaings for and against the upcoming vote on Minnesota’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage equality. The group in favor of the ban, Minnesota for Marriage, has raised $1.4 million dollars. The group against the ban, Minnesota United for All Families, has raised $4.6 million. That is a combined total of $6 million dollars. Just imagine what that type of funding could do to in providing better educational opportunites for African-American communities. Just imagine what that amount of funding could do in creating an after-school programs in an African-American community. Just imagine what that funding could do in creating affordable housing, a recreation center, job opportunites, etc.
Sadly, none of that is happening. Because the anti-gay organizations have no interest in addressing those problems. Their only interest is exploting gay people as a means of fundraising. Sadly, this exploitation extends to the African-American community as well. Anti-gay groups are content to play upon your fears as means to raise funds without addressing any of your needs and provide you with real support. And if these organizations are doing nothing to support you, then why are you still supporting them?