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Who’s Your Scapegoat?

2008.November.14

For those who don’t know, there will be national and international protests of Proposition 8 tomorrow at 12:30pm Central. Visit Join the Impact for more information. North Texas events are taking place in Dallas and Denton, possibly others.

Some of the strongest opponents of Prop 8 have released a letter asking for a little perspective from their allies:

“It is natural to analyze what went wrong. But in recent days there has been a tendency to assign blame to specific communities, in particular, the African American community.” The letter goes on to question early reports about the proportion of African American support for Prop 8. The organizers accurately describe this perspective as a divisive distraction away from the organizers who successfully leveraged passage of Prop 8 with aggressive campaigning. “The fact is, 52 percent of all Californians, the vast majority of whom were not African Americans, voted against us.”

Some commentators have also said that campaigning and funds from the Church of Latter-day Saints (mostly out-of-state) contributed heavily to Prop 8’s passage, which raises church-and-state questions.

But there are also reports of retaliation. Opponents of Prop 8 are using a website that tracks Prop 8 donations to target boycotts, on both personal and community levels. Protests have lead to the resignation of a musical theater director who donated $1,000 in favor of Prop 8. Even Mormons are leaving their famously insular church.

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One comment

  1. Freddy and I are boycotting Cinemark Theaters because of the CEO’s donations to Yes on 8. I also don’t shop at CVS because their pharmacists refused to give out EC even when the patient had a prescription, and I boycott WalMart, among other reaons, because Sam Walton gives money to support school vouchers.

    Dude, if you’re the artistic director of a theater in California, and you discriminate against gays, then you’re seriously in the wrong job. At least the wrong state.
    That’s like me teaching Spanish at a predominantly Hispanic high school, and giving money to the idiots who want to build a wall.



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