November is fast approaching with polls showing Romney almost neck and neck with Barack Obama. Democratic voters must do something to make sure Obama’s presidency is assured for another term. That “something” can be implemented in the form of a super-bloc.
This column continuously mentions the fact that Atlanta has the third largest gay population in the nation for a reason and that reason has nothing to do with bragging. Gay Americans need to be aware of the power the LGBTQ hold by force of numbers. An aspect black people have been aware of for many years in regards to their own community.
When looking at the U.S. demographics for Atlanta there are about as many black people as gay people in the city. The numbers together total half of Atlanta’s population which the other half is white. Now, this article is not about playing a race card. This information is for appealing to the sense of logic in gay and black Americans
Atlanta has the key elements to form a super-bloc of voters to give Mitt Romney a run for his money but what are the components to be a super-bloc. The first component must be two communities with a common goal. It is safe to say that much of the black community wish to see Obama in office for another four years and with Obama now standing for the gay community, the same vision holds true with the LGBTQ.
Another factor in being a super-bloc is the influence the two communities would have on the rest of the country. Atlanta is the Mecca of the south. A place where progressive views and free-forward things reigns supreme. There would be no Black Civil Rights Movement without Atlanta being on the scene. Atlanta has always been a representative city of civil rights for all other cities to follow in the nation. If the gay and black communities, in Atlanta, were to form a super-bloc then the rest of the country would follow suit by example. The nation would see firsthand the mutual benefit of two great communities coming together for a common goal.
With so many benefits of becoming a super-bloc, what would be some of the reasons for such a union not to form? It’s no secret that there is some discord in the black community over President Obama’s decision to support gay-marriage. The cornerstone of the black community is the church which holds steady to the belief of marriage being between a man and woman. Also a hyper-masculine atmosphere is a huge factor that disparages and lowers the acceptance rate of gay men within the black community.
No one is speaking for all black people but these perspectives are being observed as reasons that could be used for the gay and black community not to come together for a mutual goal.
Both the black and gay communities are major supporters of Barack Obama and his popularity in the public eye has diminished some. If the enemy of my enemy is my friend then there is no two people that has more to gain in forming a super-bloc than LGBTQ and black people.