White liberals across this great land of ours = and by “across this great land” I mean the East and West coasts – are up in arms about Dan Cathy’s fiery condemnation of homosexual marriage.
The resulting outrage has been ferocious. One has to wonder why the intensity? Is it really simply about gay rights? So it would seem until you realize that percentage of gays in the United States is about 3.5%.
No, the evidence points to the fear white liberals – particularly affluent ones – have of African Americans. Chik-fil-A built an empire on chicken sandwiches. Their most popular sandwiches are fried. This evokes white race memory of “poor ol’ black folk” eating their fried chicken.
The African-American community’s traditional opposition to issues dear to the gay rights movement only stokes the institutional racism of the white liberal community.
This distrust of the “other” no doubt would justify trying to keep Chik-fil-As out of traditional liberal strongholds like Chicago and Boston.
p.s. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Chait for calling my attention to the subtle dog-whistles of racism. (safe link)