Gays vs. Blacks: Who trumps who in Democratic identity politics?
Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers says what most heterosexual males would say if they were allowed to. He is not comfortable with gay males in the locker room.
For this crime, he has predictably been called to task. Michelangelo Signorile of the Huffington Post states bluntly that Culliver must be suspended for his comments, lest the Republic fall.
What is little acknowledged is that the Culliver controversy pits two Democratic constituencies against each other and shows which group wins whenever there's a conflict.
American blacks -- President Obama's core constituency - are clearly much more socially conservative than the white European population. When California passed Proposition 8 in 2008 - and tried at least to ban gay marriage -- blacks and Hispanics carried the motion. And blacks were even more socially conservative than Roman Catholic Hispanics. Seven out of ten blacks in California, perhaps the bluest of blue states, voted against gay marriage.
So when Culliver spoke against a gay presence in the locker room, he spoke for seven out of ten blacks -- in his own state, perhaps in his own city.
It didn't matter a bit. Culliver's exercise of free speech on behalf of his own point of view - and that of an overwhelming majority of his ethnic group - was immediately condemned. Ultimately, he was forced to apologize.
So now we know who trumps whom in Democrat identity politics. Was there really any doubt?
Moreover -- following Barack Obama's identification of Selma with Stonewall -- blacks should know who trumps whom in the mind of their beloved president.
It won't matter a bit.