Reactions to NOM’s Race-Baiting: This is a Game Changer
Since the Human Rights Campaign circulated unsealed documents showing that NOM had sort to use race-baiting tactics as part of its fight against LGBT rights, condemnation has been coming in thick and fast. Here are just a few reactions.
“Nothing beats hearing from the horse’s mouth exactly how callous and extremist this group really is,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Such brutal honesty is a game changer, and this time NOM can’t spin and twist its way out of creating an imagined rift between LGBT people and African Americans or Hispanics.”
Jeremy Hooper, editor and publisher of Good As You and NOM Exposed partner is also quoted as saying:
“These documents confirm my worst beliefs about NOM’s cynical politicking. It’s hard to find joy in such divisive political games, but I’m certainly glad we know NOM’s hurtful plans now before more folks are hurt.”
Today Hooper’s blog also points out that writers on a NOM affiliated blog, indeed one that former president of the organization Maggie Gallagher created and is still listed on, has called into question the group’s tactics, with Barry Deutsch of FamilyScholars.org writing:
In light of these documents, I think we have to seriously doubt NOM’s sincerity. In fact, it’s impossible to believe that NOM has ever for a moment desired civil disagreement. NOM deliberately provokes lgbt people into anger, in order to denounce those who they succeed in provoking. I cannot imagine a clearer example of hypocrisy.
If you genuinely want civil disagreement, then you don’t deliberately “[fan] the hostility” in your opponents. If you genuinely want pro-SSM folks to stop using the word “bigot,” then you don’t “provoke the gay marriage base into” calling others “bigots.”
Next, Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) has released a statement condmening the National Organization for Marriage over internal documents that showed the anti-gay organization used race-baiting tactics to oppose marriage equality and has asked voters to reject the push for a NOM-supported constitutional amendment to codify Minnesota’s existing gay marriage ban.
“Today, we learned from previously confidential documents that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is intentionally working to divide Americans across racial lines to advance their political agenda.
The exposed documents reveal that NOM’s ‘strategic goal’ is to ‘drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.’
Our nation was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all people–regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. NOM is clearly opposed to these basic ideals that so many Americans hold dear.
I call on people from all backgrounds to speak out against NOM’s agenda and vote NO on the anti-marriage amendment this November.”
Also, Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond is quoted as telling The Hill:
“It confirmed a suspicion that some evil hand was behind this.”
Bond asserts that he believes NOM already used these tactics to ensure that a pro marriage equality push in Maryland failed in 2011, something Bond noted was largely down to opposition by politicians of color. Even though opponents are now trying for a referendum, marriage equality was able to prevail in this year’s legislative session thanks to strong leadership from Governor O’Malley but also thanks to a broad coalition of racial and religious groups.
Lastly, Freedom to Marry issued the following statement by founder and President Evan Wolfson:
“In its anti-gay crusade to block the freedom to marry, NOM has spent years working to drive wedges within communities across the nation, all the while claiming it does not ‘hate’ anyone, gay or non-gay. Now exposure of NOM’s own strategy memos confirms that NOM will stop at nothing to push its agenda, pitting American against American, minority against minority, family members against family members.
Happily, even as NOM works to sow division and falsehood, we’ve seen the majority for marriage grow, as more Americans hear from their friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers about why marriage matters to gay people, their kids and their kin. And while NOM has worked to generate and showcase anti-gay animosity in communities of color, all of America’s communities have moved in support of the freedom to marry, thanks to the gay and non-gay people of color and others who have talked from the heart about why marriage matters.”
These are just a few of many comments that have been put out since the release of the documents.
Unsurprisingly, this has placated no one.
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