It’s kind of late in the day, but then what the hell.
I was reading the other day about the voting demographics for “Prop 8“, and curiously, the Obama phenomenon, looks like, turned decisive there too:
1. The Obama candidacy meant much more African American turnout than usual
2. The African Americans voted 2:1 in favor of (invalidating same sex marriages) Prop 8
And considering the margin of difference, who knows what would have happened, if the voting was “usual”.
Of course, all “what ifs” are useless, and many simplistic. There was also a huge young turnout, including white Americans. And although I didn’t get the figures (my internet connection hasn’t been helpful), I’d think that they would have voted more against than for prop 8. So the exercise is purely academical. Besides, voting is a voting. What would have happened if smaller number had voted, wouldn’t by any stretch have been any more democratic.
But that’s not the point. The point is, the same people who are so passionate about their ‘civil rights’, are voting, 2:1 against someone else’s civil rights. It’s a worrying statistics. It tells us of total compartmentalization of perception of pain. Only our pain matters. Only our pain is valid. Other people’s pain, even when it doesn’t encroach on our liberties, is irrelevant. What matters is their prejudices, and how it affects us. Never, our prejudices, which affect them. Wait! Our prejudices? But we are free of prejudices. Only they have prejudices. We have “beliefs”.
In a sense, Obama, by staying noncommittal on Prop 8 has delivered the first real change. I guess, one can’t complain him of only talking — he done it without even talking.
I shudder to think what the voting statistics and demographics would be, if a similar proposition were to be put to test in India. For one thing, it would not be anywhere close to the 51-49 race that it’s been in California. It will be something more like 90-10 (with city demographics probably something close to 70-30). May God bless America.
The majority African American position, if I were to characterize it a little frivolously, is:
“Man, why do them motherfuckers treat us like second class citizens, man. It’s not like we’re one of them fagots or something!”
That kind of sums it nicely, doesn’t it?
PS: More interesting tidbits (from Democracy, Religion, and Proposition 8):
“Proposition 8 was enacted by a vote of 52% to 48%. Those identifying themselves as Evangelicals, however, supported Proposition 8 by a margin of 81% to 19%, and those who say they attend church services weekly supported Proposition 8 by a vote of 84% to 16%. Non-Christians, by the way, opposed Proposition 8 by a margin 85% to 15% and those who do not attend church regularly opposed Proposition 8 by a vote of 83% to 17%”
That begs another what-if. What if the African American’s hadn’t been converted to Christian faith, and still had their pagan faith. Would they still have voted 2:1 against?