Racism and its link to homohatred

I learned something new today that I will be passing on to my students when I talk about the history of gays and lesbians in my class.  In 1949 the California State Supreme Court allowed blacks and whites to marry.  90% of the populous was against interracial marriage.  That bit of history I knew.   I also know that there is going to be an attempt to change the state constitution to make marriage only between a man and a woman.  But what I didn’t know is that in 1964 two thirds of Californian voters changed the State Constitution to allow "home sellers and landlords shut the door on people if they didn’t like the color of their skin." Two thirds of the voters!  And this was after the ban on interracial marriage was struck down.  So just because a group of people can change the state constitution, doesn’t make them good people.  Look at this group–they put in the state constitution the idea that people could discriminate based on color.  Luckily it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1967.  Who were those for this law?  Some real estate agents.  Ultra-conservative political groups.  And, yes, you guessed it–fundamentalist Christian groups.  They needed 480,000 signatures and the turned in 1,000,000.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Those who put the gay marriage ban on the ballot to change the constitution are conservative political groups and fundamentalist Christians. 

Although over 40 years separates these two issues, the characters remain the same.  Where you find racism, you find homohatred.  Where you find homohatred, you find racism.  So if this ballot issue passes, then I hope that people will remember the same group of fundamentalist Christians who created the ballot issue that instituted racism into the State of California’s Constitution…

And in case you were wondering, here is what that group of Conservatives and fundamentalist Christians had put into the Constitution:

Neither the State nor any subdivision or agency thereof shall deny, limit or abridge, directly or indirectly, the right of any person, who is willing or desires to sell, lease or rent any part or all of his real property, to decline to sell, lease or rent such property to such person or persons as he, in his absolute discretion, chooses."

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4 Responses to Racism and its link to homohatred

  1. Wood says:

    I guess it just proves that a skunk can\’t change its stripes or scent!

  2. Unknown says:

    It is amazing how similar that the race issue is to the gay issue, sadly haters don\’t see it.. but perhaps it is because in their soul, they know the two are the same and they still have issues with race themselves, which just shows itself on the outside as \’approved\’ hate of the glbt community

  3. Kevin says:

    Hey Wood.
    Yes, they still stink after all these years…

  4. Kevin says:

    Hi Dawn,  I am teaching a course on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S. and it will include some time on glbt history.  I\’m looking forward to tying in some forms of Christianity with all the problems that this country has experienced.  My glbt lecture will be towards the end, so I make all the connections there.
    And I do think these people know the connection between racism and homohatred.  They just don\’t want to deal with it.

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