When I got married, the ceremony included our friends and family. That special day was meant to make our covenant public only to those who would value its meaning in our lives. But who is it who dreams of getting married in a mass publicity stunt on an annual television broadcast mostly known for pushing the FCC Indecency Standards to their breaking point?
That was exactly what happened to 33 couples (some heterosexual and some homosexual) as they exchanged marriage vows on the 2014 Grammy Awards show. The ceremony was presided over by Queen Latifah and accompanied by a performance of Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and later Open Your Heart by Madonna. As a viewer, it was a little difficult to know if the spectacle was supposed to be persuasive or merely exhibitionist.
Whatever was behind the Grammy’s display, Americans are becoming more widely accepting of both homosexual behavior and the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual relationships. This has been due to a relentless, extremely well-funded propaganda campaign by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists. And to their credit, they have succeeded in persuading large numbers of Americans that homosexual behavior is—if not normal and healthy—at least harmless and, in some bizarre sense, courageous. The cultural holdouts during this national opinion shift—or national loss of common sense, some might say—have been African Americans. For years, as white opinion grew more and more favorable to the idea of homosexual “marriage,” black opinion on the matter refused to budge. This led first to rage; I have written in the past about the racial epithets hurled at blacks in California in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8, which affirmed the traditional definition of marriage. (These incidents were almost completely ignored by mainstream media, and ironically their victims included black homosexuals who opposed Proposition 8.)
But later the reality of black opposition to the redefinition of marriage led to aggressive propaganda campaigns specifically targeting African Americans. The most successful came from President Obama himself. When he famously “evolved” on the issue of redefining marriage in 2012, black opinion on the matter moved noticeably in the polls. But the victory has not been complete. A 2013 Pew Research Report found that 53% of black men and 44% of black women still oppose same-sex “marriage” (compared to 47% of white men and 40% of white women who oppose it). So it is not surprising that activists have targeted the world of hip hop, and that what many would call mediocre, pedantic song has received a huge amount of attention. Macklemore’s Same Love is by all accounts a heavy-handed admonishment to the hip-hop community to become more accepting of homosexuality. And in a predictable fashion, the rapper—who is white and from a middle class background—also makes it clear that that he thinks disapproving of homosexuality is equivalent to oppressive racism:
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Harry R. Jackson Jr.