The real stats don’t blame Prop 8 on Black people

By Jonathan Adams Nov 12, 2008

H/T DailyKos

I am working too hard. I have no time to write diaries. Yet between yesterday afternoon, when I’d finally read one hateful racist fingerpoint from a white gay person too many here and elsewhere on the internet, I’d had enough. I therefore blew off work that needed to get done and still needs to get done to try and put to rest, once and for all, this virulently racist idea that Black people are to blame for the passage of Proposition 8 here in California. It is an idea grounded in utter myth, a complete lack of knowledge about anything related to Black people’s presence in California, and just plain old scapegoating. Hoepfully, this diary will help put all that to rest, and we can get back to work trying to beat back the hateful results of Tuesday’s vote.

Factually Unsupported Myth #1: CNN’s 10% Black exit poll sample accurately reflects the actual distribution of voters on Proposition 8. Factually Unsupported Myth #2: There were enough Black people in California to have created, all by themselves, the 510,000 margin (as of tonight) of passage for Proposition 8. Factually Unsupported Myth #3: All Black people in California are old enough to vote. Factually Unsupported Myth #4: All adult Black people in California are eligible to vote. Factually Unsupported Myth #5: Virtually every adult, non-disqualified Black person was registered to vote on Election Day. Factually Unsupported Myth #6: There Were Enough "Black Votes" to be the "Deciding Factor" for Proposition 8. Utterly Supported Fact #1: There Were So Many More White, Latino and Asian Votes in Favor of Proposition 8 That Blaming Black Folks is Both Bad Math and Racist Scapegoating of the Highest Order Click here to read more on each of these myths and facts on the Black voter exit polling around Proposition 8.