Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Black and White

You know why so many people don't realize they're racists? Because they write shit like this and then act all hurt when people call them out on it.

From one of Richard Cohen's recent Washington Post colums:
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all. 
"The word racist is truly hurtful," Cohen said of the backlash. "It's not who I am. It's not who I ever was. It's just not fair. It's just not right."

Sounds spot-on to me.

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