Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Really? Wow.

People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years.

xkcd today. After spending some time reading about the early 1960s, I can't say that it really surprises me. It's appalling how absolutely blatant, excused, and ordinary violent racism was (I was too young to have really internalized it ... being white).

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At 3:31 PM, October 09, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

One revelation on the graph is that legalization preceded (and arguably led to increased) acceptance of interracial marriage, whereas legalization of same-sex marriage has always trailed its public acceptance. Why do you think this was so? (I suspect religion.)

 
At 3:39 PM, October 09, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Some of it is probably religion, but I also think that in large parts of the country there was actually complete estrangement between black and white populations and in others there was a visceral revulsion fed by the shameful history of slavery, not to mention fear. Gay people are at the same time less threatening en masse and more likely to crop up anywhere, in any family.

 
At 11:09 AM, October 10, 2014 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

I just hope that one day we look back at the lack of acceptance for same sex marriage with the same attitude most of us look at interracial marriage -- how could it possibly been illegal, and how on Earth would anyone have objected to it.

 

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