…I realized that the issue of gay rights in the black community is in many ways a fight over the African-American family, which has been a contested space since the time of slavery. So marriage is not just about marriage for black people — it’s also about how blacks have become accepted as legitimate participants in American society.
— Yoruba Richen on her documentary The New Black
and her excellent seven-minute New York Times
Op-Doc The Black Vote for Gay Marriage
, which you can and should watch now