After President Obama spoke out for same sex marriage, those commonly identified as black America’s political leadership – Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond, Joseph Lowery – immediately took public positions supporting the President’s stand.
But these leaders, who represent the political behavior of Tuesday blacks, are out of sync with grass roots sentiment, which reflects the sentiments of Sunday blacks. According to Pew, 47 percent of Americans support legalization of same sex marriage, but only 39 percent of blacks and 33 percent of black Protestants do.
If there is a consensus on anything today, it’s that most Americans feel the country is on the wrong track. Where we part company is on the diagnosis of what is wrong.
There are big questions we must decide that will determine the kind of country our kids and grandkids will be living in.
There is no place where the dilemma is clearer than among black Americans.
Will America move more in the direction of the values of the blacks of Sunday or those of the blacks of Tuesday?
It’s time for black Americans to set and clarify their priorities and act in concert with them. The choices made today will impact not just their own future, but the future of our whole nation.
Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Contact her at www.urbancure.org