Theoretical Framework (2)

Theoretical Framework (2) - African Americans Endorsement of

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African Americans’ Endorsement of Heteronormativity in the Family Structure and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage FYC 4801 Project Part 2 Fall 2010 Romilda Justilien
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African Americans’ Opposition to Homosexuality A Possible African American Survivalist Theory This investigation seeks to test a possible perspective in African American political behavior, possibly influenced by the Black Church. The following section will reflect upon current scholarship seeking to explain the roots of a black survivalist discourse and the influences of other ideologies on this theory. The scope of this study is limited to Black Protestantism and its effect on African American homophobia due to the central nature of this institution and large amount of adherents in the black community. Black Protestantism and Political Orientation Wald and Calhoun-Brown (2006) provide a platform to understand black theology and its role in blacks’ political attitudes. Black Protestantism in the black community not only represents a belief system but a connection to the history, identity, and values of African Americans. These institutions are seen as the voice of religious reason and worldview of blacks. Its centrality to the African American culture makes it a source of political learning, civic engagement, social capital, and community activism (Harris, 1999; Wood, 2002). African Americans then develops a sense of obligation to their community and a group orientation that influences attitudes and behavior, usually translating into a economically liberal yet conservative moral basis of political orientation (Patillo-McCoy, 1998; Harris, 1999). Historical Matriculation: Sexuality and Racial Oppression Collins (2005) believes that the black community is a “sexually repressive culture” due to the historical legacy of racism, which depicted African Americans as a savage sexual culture
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(97). Homosexuality was seen as illogical for blacks due to their animalistic nature that sought only reproduction and therefore they were the “most heterosexual.” Black sexual practices that deviated from this scheme were presented as not truly “black.” These ideas are thought to
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