crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
A column I read this morning in the American Spectator by Concerned Women for America “senior analyst” Janice Crouse had me reeling due to its audacity to deceive.
The goal of Crouse's piece was probably to demonstrate just how the recent Proposition 8 decision and gay marriage in general is hurting the black community.
However, what she accomplished was showing yet again how some on the right, especially the religious right, dishonestly manipulate facts and figures.
In her piece, Why Young Black Males Are Not Graduating High School, Crouse seems to be trying make a correlation between a recent report by the Schott Foundation (in which the overall 2007-08 graduation rate for Black males in the U.S. was only 47 percent) and the recent Prop 8 ruling:
Nancy Pearcey, in an article on American Thinker, identified certain “facts that Judge Walker claims are now established by the 'evidence' presented in his courtroom.” Those “facts” presumably will be deemed as “truth” far beyond the courtroom. Among those “facts,” the following three are especially relevant for young black boys' futures:
• “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage.”
• “The gender of a child's parent is not a factor in a child's adjustment.”
• “Having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted.”
Those three general false principles that Judge Walker supposedly established in his arguments in favor of so-called “same-sex marriage” are equally faulty when applied to the more than 40 percent of today's children who are born to single mothers. They are doubly relevant when the majority of those children are black.
What Crouse is doing is a tactic done by many on the right after the Prop 8 ruling went down – cherry picking parts of Judge Walker's statements to imply that he said “fathers don't matter” and then using data having absolutely nothing to do with his decision or same sex marriage in general to make an unfair correlation.
It's a diversionary tactic designed to take attention away from the fact that the Prop 8 folks lost because their case was poor.
To a bigger extent, Crouse sad piece is a part of a grander tactic by the religious right to unfairly brand same-sex parents as selfish or to imply that lgbts who seek to parent children are causing these children to be “denied” something vital and important despite the fact that studies have shown just the opposite.
Crouse lists a number of problems facing black youth including poverty, bad schools, and family breakdown. Same-sex marriage and equality didn't make the list, but it doesn't stop Crouse from trying to push it in as best as she can.
The irony is that Crouse actually does provide an excellent solution:
Common sense tells us that there is no surer recipe for the child to lag behind in learning than having to contend with the strain and disruption of a broken, dysfunctional family, where the parent or parents are so focused on themselves and their needs that they have little emotional energy to spare for the child's needs. Before we can address the problems of public education, we have to address the problems of marriage and family. Only then can we begin the massive overhaul of cultural values that will be necessary to close the educational gaps in America.
Too that good point got obscured by a bunch of anti-gay garbage.