In a July 11th blog post, Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) once again trots out the ‘African-American support’ trope for show and tell:
“Governor Romney has it exactly right that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a pro-family policy that uplifts American families, especially in the black community,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “The strongest supporters of traditional marriage include African Americans, 70 percent of whom have voted for traditional marriage. We commend Governor Romney and the rank and file members of the NAACP for recognizing the importance of traditional marriage.”
Romney addressed the NAACP’s 103rd national convention in Houston this morning. After quoting former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks that the family “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked” Romney told the NAACP members, “Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As President, I will promote strong families—and I will defend traditional marriage.” NAACP members in the audience then gave Romney sustained applause in response to his pledge. (source)
Brown and Romney may talk a good game about pro-family policies and lifting up and honoring of the family, but really all they want is your money and your support. Your family and your struggles be damned. As noted in my previous post, “NOM/FRC African-American Support Is All Take and No Give”, NOM likes to talk a lot about the support that they are getting from the African-American community, while giving nothing back. They have no real “pro-family” policy other than banning certain families from having the dignity and security of being married. There are no policies to help people build stronger marriages and stronger families. No tools or resources that they offer to help families or marriages that may be in trouble. No money that they are putting behind things like creating better job, educational and housing opportunities. They are doing nothing but exploiting one minority community by taking their money and support while offering them no kind of assistance in return. All in an effort to keep another minority in their place. This sad state of affairs shouldn’t be seen as something to be proud of but as an embarrassment. It’s just a new, political spin on the old adage of “we’ve got lots of black friends” to advance their own gains while providing nothing in return.