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NOM Defends Race-Baiting By Blaming “Rich White Guys"

March 30, 2012 2:13 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The National Organization for Marriage(NOM) has thus far largely avoided acknowledging the growing controversy over internal documents that revealed the organization’s plan to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks.” As Think Progress’s Zack Ford noted, the few words NOM has said about the controversy appeared to invoke the same kind of race-baiting that the organization was being criticized for.  

On Thursday, though, NOM removed any doubt about whether the organization was planning on changing its tactics. In the March 29 edition of the group’s weekly national newsletter, NOM president Brian Brown continued to promote the ‘gays vs. blacks’ myth and blamed “rich white guys” for trying to “push” gay marriage. From the newsletter:

To Joe Solmonese and the Human Rights Campaign and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry I would say: This is your movement. You are its leaders. Only you can hope to change the vicious attacks being made on Black and Hispanic Democrats (or white Republicans for that matter!) who don't agree with you on gay marriage.

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This is your movement, Human Rights Campaign. The ugliness it is generating is not consistent with the civil rights movement you claim to want to represent.

The underlying narrative of the MSM attacks on NOM generated by this document's release is absurd: The guts of the "Not a Civil Right Project" was to reach out across lines of race, creed and party to work with great heroes like Sen. Rev. Díaz, Bishop George McKinney and other pastors at the Church of God in Christ (the largest black Pentecostal denomination), Bishop Harry Jackson, and other leaders in the black and Hispanic churches.

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Rich white guys like Mayor Bloomberg, Tim Gill and Howard Schultz are determined to push gay marriage on us "whether we like or not!" Here's your chance to fight back! [emphasis added]

Brown went on to highlight a number of news stories that allegedly depicted tension between the gay community and non-white communities.

In other words, NOM’s official defense of its plan to “divide gays and blacks” and intentionally fan hostility between the two groups is: It’s not our fault gay groups don’t like blacks and Hispanics, blame the “rich white guys.”