Gays, Blacks, Whites and Silence
October 19, 2009 · By Jonathan McLeod
Dr. Dawg has a post up at his blog noting that a number of different conservative blogs were decrying gay marriage, but none were displaying the appropriate disgust for the Louisiana Justice of the Peace, Keith Bardwell, who would not marry interracial couples. He calls out this post here at ThePolitic. Though I didn’t write it, I hope Tom won’t mind me responding with a few thoughts.
First, I might suggest that the reason for this apparent silence is because miscegenation is not a big issue right now. There was no equivalent to prop 8 seeking an injunction against interracial marriage. Further, in Canada if not in the Bayou, the question of interracial marriage is, essentially, settled. The courts may feel that the issue of gay marriage is settled, but anyone paying attention would no that it isn’t. So, gay marriage is topical and, thus, better fodder for a blog post.
Second, perhaps people like Tom feel that outcries against interracial marriage are so self-evidently wretched that they need not be refuted. Perhaps he thinks that no one who reads ThePolitic needs to be reminded of this. Such an analysis may not be correct, but it is, nonetheless, reasonable.
Finally, though we post on a lot of non-Canadian issues (my very first post was on Australian domestic policy), ThePolitic is, still, a predominantly Canadian blog (perhaps with some ex-pats). Granted, Tom Cerber is not: he’s a Dutch guy who was writing from Laos. It’s not unreasonable for us to be unaware (or pay little attention) to an issue that pertains to the state of Louisiana. Further, Tom is not even contributing to ThePolitic anymore, so to call out ThePolitic for hypocrisy is not particularly fair.
All that aside, I think there is a valid point buried in the good Doctor’s post. It is easy for bloggers (and pundits and people in general) to ignore stories that do not fit their particular narrative (even if they do not contradict that narrative). It is good to break from such blogging routines (whether the routine is intentional or not). It is also important to challenge those with whom we tend to agree on such issues. Echo chambers are great for creating echoes. They’re lousy for creating policy.
By the way, in case I didn’t make it sufficiently clear, I agree with our canine physician. There is nothing wrong with interracial marriage and anyone who says otherwise is a disgusting racist and a contemptible human being. I hope Justice of the Peace David Duke gets fired from his job and shamed by his community (though embraced if he realizes his sin and honestly repents).
Oh, and by the way, Dr. Dawg, I agree with you that gay marriage should be legal.