I'm not sure how I missed this, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported last month on a new study analyzing precinct-level voting data, which put the black pro-Prop 8 vote at 58 percent.
This is still significantly above the general 52 percent pro-Prop 8
vote, but the article didn't say how the other communities of color did
in this revision. I've heard elsewhere that the Latino vote was revised
upward from the original 53 percent that came from the exit poll, but I
haven't heard anything about Asians.
While I was just as shocked as everyone else to see the (now apparently faulty) 70 percent number (and I expressed my shock publicly),
I was also disappointed to see a lot of people use that number as an
excuse to get in some free punches at the African American communities,
and equally disappointed to see some African Americans denying that gays
had any real oppression to contend with.
I hope that this revision calms down the stupidity of oppression
olympics. The overall pro-Prop 8 vote was 52 percent. That means we ALL have a
lot of work to do in our communities. And people of color especially
need to look to our own communities and recognize that our own fight
for justice does not inoculate us from stepping on justice for others.