Jesurgislac’s Journal

March 15, 2009

Dan joins RaceFail Writers for 2009 Fail

I’m sad and mad: I’m savage. Dan Savage, one of my no-kidding favorite writers, just joined RaceFail 2009. (Debunk Tank, March 12th).

Apparently, Dan says, 3.89% of voters who voted for Yes on 8 is a landslide… because that 3.89% (58% of the 6.7% of the Californian population) are black.

Why does Dan Savage care so much about kicking that 3.89%? Who contributed the millions? Who made the lying ads and web campaigns? Who’s got the power, the political voice, and the funding? Who’s paying Ken Starr? It’s not that 3.89%. Why does Dan want to focus on that small group and call them a “landslide”?

From The Advocate:

The night before Election Day, a black woman walked into the San Francisco headquarters of the No on Proposition 8 campaign. Someone had ripped down the No on 8 sign she’d posted in her yard and she wanted a replacement. She was old, limping, and carrying a cane. Walking up and down the stairs to this office was hard for her.

[Michael Joseph Gross] asked why coming to get the sign was worth the trouble, and she answered, “All of us are equal, and all of us have to fight to make sure the law says that.” She said that she was straight, and she told me about one of the first times she ever hung out with gay people, in New Orleans in the 1970s. “I thought I was so cool for being there, and I said, ‘You faggots are a lot of fun!’ Well, that day I learned my lesson. A gay man turned on me and said, ‘A faggot is not a person. A faggot is a bunch of sticks you use to light a fire.’ ”

She puts Dan Savage to shame: I’m ashamed of him, if he’s not ashamed of himself.

[Update: and with this, 3 days later, Savage Love goes off my blog roll. I’m sadder yet about that: but there is a limit to the amount of racist crap I’m going to read, and Dan Savage just used it all up.]

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4 Comments »

  1. I’m surprised you stuck with Savage this long, to be honest.

    Comment by Kynn — March 19, 2009 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  2. Oh Dan. *sigh*

    I haven’t been fond of Mr Savage for a while, but I thought that people reacting to his blaming Prop8 on the Black community was enough to make him think. Silly me.

    Comment by Anna — March 19, 2009 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  3. Kynn – well… I’m still going to have a slightly empty feeling about Thursdays. I liked Dan.

    Anna – see, I was willing to cut him a little slack right after Prop8 passed, just a little, on the grounds that for about a week after getting slapped down like that a lot of people were so angry they were saying really stupid things. So I was sad/mad at him for being that stupid, but figured – okay, hopefully, when he cools down he’ll realize he was wrong.

    No. Evidently bloody not.

    Comment by jesurgislac — March 19, 2009 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

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