The Dorothy Effect
Yesterday while on my afternoon commute, I was considering the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the recent media frenzy over the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency. I couldn’t figure out how Proposition 8 could have passed and how, for the first time in the history of the United States, voters voted to remove a civil right already provided. Then, it hit me.
The Dorothy Effect – The Dorothy Effect shall heretofore be the gay equivalent of the Bradley effect. Voter’s took to the booth and, in its sanctuary, voted Yes for Proposition 8 while publicly proclaiming that the land of the free and the home of the brave treats all men equally in the eyes of the law. This is the only explanation for the election outcome.
That’s at least the excuse I’m making in order to continue to be proud of my countrymen for the overwhelming support of Barack Obama. That’s the rationale I’m using in an effort to regain my sense of humor… and in the spirit of united-ness, I would like to offer you my interpretation of why November 5, 2008 was likely one of the greatest moments in American history:
That evening, I was channel flipping. From Fox to CNN to MSNBC – anything to avoid a commercial. Cameras kept panning the crowd at Grant Park, a crowd overwhelmed with emotion and hope.
That crowd consisted of both black and white and the most remarkable thing about the entire evening… not one white man checked to make sure he still had his wallet.
Remember to laugh hard, even when its hard to laugh.
Now let’s hope that the news stations get over Wardrobe Gate quickly and Sarah Palin is never heard from again on the National scale.