Black Democrat Turned Republican: “Most Blacks Don’t Equate Gay Rights With Civil Rights”
“When you say to African-Americans, ‘the gay struggle is the black struggle,’ they don’t buy it,” Davis explained to The Daily Caller.
Davis was an Alabama Democrot before he decided to move over to the other side of the aisle for better opportunities. He currently lives in Virginia and is planning to run for Congress there.
Davis said in the interview that the prejudices blacks experienced, such as exclusion from the voting booth, job opportunities and colleges, and the threat of violence against them, were far greater than any prejudices experienced by the gay community.
“African-Americans were completely, in every sense of the word, marginalized,” he said. “They were also the poorest group in the United States. With all due respect to gay Americans, that’s not the condition of the gay community today.”
Davis says this is why Obama’s announcement of support for gay marriage made many African Americans uncomfortable.
“Many African-Americans think there’s a virtue in men marrying women because it means mothers and fathers, frankly. That’s their real stake in the issue,” he said. “There’s no question that the African-American community is a monolithic liberal community on economic issues, but it is a much more conflicted community on social issues.”
He also explained that the GOP can’t just use its conservatism to recruit minorities, it must show how market based principles can help pull people out of poverty better than government programs can. .
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