Granted, I don't know every name on your list, but when I think of James Baldwin, for example, I think of "The Fire Next Time," his masterful racial treatise, not anything tangentially related to gay issues.
I'll take a look into every name on your list.
But you're wrong: where 20th Century black icons are concerned, racial issues were also preeminent and predominate.
So I'll take your word for now on some of them, but the fact that I don't recognize some of them, leads me to believe they don't fit into the category of icon but instead activist.
I took stats in college, so I'm able to follow you somewhat (!) here.
But, that's not the point.
I think African Americans should and will continue to feel any they want on this issue. Some are more liberal, others are more conservative; others are in the middle. What matters is that they voted they way they felt and should not being considered "laggers" or culturally backward or any such analytical label you're seeking to apply by your charts and graphs.
And let's not forget that the gay movement has a long way to go. To this day, that movement continues to promote, blond, blue-eyed white men as its spokespeople, media personalities, and cultural contributors.
I'm gonna answer my own point b/c I think it's the best answer here.
Considering that Lisa Murkowski is pro-choice, Palin can better define her appeal to conservative Alaska voters in that she is stridently pro-life, and that Lisa is ultimately defined by her original appointment to her seat by her father, a member of the old, tainted Alaskan Republican political guard.
I think challenging Begich will always be harder because he will always be known as the clean-cut, come-from-behind underdog who eventually bested the meanest, baddest Alaskan of them all, Ted Stevens. Plus, if she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, she would have no time to settle into Washington, learn the issues and then start fund raisers for a presidential campaign.
So, if she's serious about politics and her future, look for her to challenge Lisa Murkowski in 2010. And I bet it'll come like a thief in the night. One day she'll have no comment, and the next she'll be running. And Senator Murkowski won't know what hit her.
And that would free up the governor's seat in 2010 for a Democrat, and in 2016 when Palin runs for Prez, that seat would be open, too!
canadian gal, I like you because you talked to me honestly and openly, without insults.
And I hope I've treated you the same way.
If this were Daily Kos, my comments would have been deleted from the beginning, but you've been willing to listen. I like that.
There are myriad reasons why the Yes side won, including bigotry, hate, self-denial, etc., but I'm just trying to get you to understand why the faith-based community backed this proposition to the extent it did.