Sunday, November 9, 2008

Proposition 8 And African-Americans

Last week on "The Rachel Maddow Show", I saw what I think to be excellent commentary on the reasons for the successful passage of Proposition 8, which bans same sex marriage in California. African-Americans make up only 10% of the population in California, but they turned out in large numbers to vote for Obama, while, at the same time, they voted for the ban on gay marriage. According to exit polls, around 70% voted in favor of the ban.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, explains why she believes this happened. The video is five minutes long, but it's worth watching.

By the way, Rachel Maddow is off to a great start with her new show. I watch her often. The pace of her show is slower than some of the other news shows. She gives her guest commentators more time to talk. She's smart, witty, and an all-around attractive personality.