29
Nov
08

another way to reach out to African American women

blow190vWriting in the NYT, Charles Blow thinks the way to get African American women to come on board the marriage equality train is try a different kind of approach. Comparing the current struggle for marriage rights to the fight waged by interracial couples is a bad idea, he says:

“First, comparing the struggles of legalizing interracial marriage with those to legalize gay marriage is a bad idea. Many black women do not seem to be big fans of interracial marriage either. They’re the least likely of all groups to intermarry, and many don’t look kindly on the black men who intermarry at nearly three times the rate that they do, according to a 2005 study of black intermarriage rates in the Wisconsin Law Review. Wrong reference. Don’t even go there.”

Blow’s solution goes in a direction few if any have discussed:

“So pitch it as a health issue. The more open blacks are to the idea of homosexuality, the more likely black men would be to discuss their sexual orientations and sexual histories. The more open they are, the less likely black women would be to put themselves at risk unwittingly. And, the more open blacks are to homosexuality over all, the more open they are likely to be to gay marriage. This way, everyone wins.”

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