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Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn't Fight Prop. 8

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Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn't Fight Prop. 8

Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn't Fight Prop. 8

Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn't Fight Prop. 8

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Writer Jasmyne Cannick argues that black voters did not join the fight against California's same-sex marriage ban because the white community failed to effectively communicate with the black community.

"I don't see why the right to marry should be a priority for me or other black people," Cannick writes. "Gay marriage? Please. At a time when blacks are still more likely than whites to be pulled over for no reason, more likely to be unemployed than whites, more likely to live at or below the poverty line, I was too busy trying to get black people registered to vote, period."

Cannick's article "No-on-8's White Bias" appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 8.

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