May 11, 2012 2:41 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
As part of a National Review Online symposium on President Obama’s announced support for marriage equality, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Jennifer Morse wrote a column criticizing the president for allegedly ignoring African-American voters. She speculated:
African-American voters still don’t like the removing of the gender requirement from marriage, or having the government declare that men and women are completely interchangeable as parents. What is Obama thinking about African-American voters? He may be blowing them off completely and taking their votes for granted. Or, he may be planning to use the money from the Gay Lobby to purchase advertising having nothing to do with gay issues, but designed to scare black voters away from voting Republican. Or, some combination of these.
With the Democratic party, it is All Identity Politics All the Time. They have no other issues. Let’s face it, they are dead in the water on economics. Their foreign policy is not credible. Identity politics is all they have left. Expect a very ugly, divisive campaign. [emphasis added]
It’s hard to take Morse seriously when she accuses about Democrats creating a “divisive” campaign by focusing on identity politics. After all, this is the same person who, last November, suggested [[that]] gay couples were adopting African-American children who had been “taken from their parents.” A month earlier, she claimed that the president is “more gay than he is black” and that Obama was choosing to pander to the gay community because he thinks “blacks don’t have that much money.”
Morse also fails to acknowledge her own organization’s extensive history of race-baiting to gin up opposition to LGBT equality. In March, internal memos revealed that NOM explicitly aimed to exploit identity politics to turn African-Americans and Hispanics against the LGBT community. NOM’s 2009 Board Update, for example, discussed plans to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks”:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates and persuading the movement’s allies that advocates are unacceptably overreaching on this issue. [emphasis added]
Another NOM 2009 strategy document described plans to make opposition to marriage equality a “key badge of Latino identity”:
Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We can interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity.
Our ultimate goal is to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of “Anglo” culture. [emphasis added]
Since the release of NOM’s internal memos, the organization has only doubled down on its commitment to promote racial tension in the fight against same-sex marriage, going so far as to blame “rich white guys” for “push[ing] gay marriage on us.”
Morse is correct for condemning those who exploit identity politics to advance “ugly, divisive” political agendas. If only she and her would practice what they preach.
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