Greetings, Black Freethinkers:
There has been a flap over on The Friendly Atheist blog about the Black Atheists of Atlanta's anti-homosexual rant and a rebuttal by the Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta. Also, there has been a frequent caller of late on the Atheist Experience speaking from his own black and atheistic perspective, decrying gay marriage. The white and non-black minority atheists I know and converse with online seem to have almost unanimous support for gay rights. So I wondered, why is it that there are more outspoken black atheists on the subject of banning gay marriage than there are for other groups? I realize that this may still be a minority opinion among black freethinkers, but it just seems that the black freethinkers who are anti-gay marriage are more visible. Any suggestions?
My sister is gay and I really want her to marry her partner, so this upsets me of course too.
Again, I think it's the repercussions of Slavery once again - shockingly potent still in the 21st century - interacting with a Fanonesque inferiority complex.
If you think about, if any black male who has been oppressed is forced to make a choice between two things, white people being afraid of him or white people laughing at him for being effeminate, he will choose the former. This is my best guess as to why an African American dude who does not believe that there is an invisible man living in the sky could possibly remain homophobic.
As for homophobic female atheists, I couldn't tell you, so please tell me.