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Dear Republican Friends: You Should Be Embrarassed By Your Representatives

March 16, 2013

Shame USA


So this happened at CPAC this year.

For those of you who can’t watch, there was a panel entitled Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One? wherein nothing surprising happened unless you are unfamiliar with the Republican habit of making excuses instead of solving problems.

As always, when a Republican wants to make the case that they are not the party of racism, they have to go all the way back to the 1860s and in the process they have to ignore everything that happened previous or subsequent to that time.

There was an honest assertion that Democrats are, as a group, racist, because 150 years ago the Democratic party was the party of racism. There were further assertions that the races should remain segregated, that Fredrick Douglass was a “quintessential American Dream story,” because he came up from nothing and died rich, and that “Blacks should be happy that the slave master gave them shelter, clothing, and food.”

Really? Yes really.

I presume, if you’re reading this blog you don’t need me to point out to you that the whole reason that it was necessary to provide food and shelter to slaves was because they were, you know, slaves and could not, as a result, earn those things for themselves. Because, you know, I’m pretty certain they had food and shelter in fucking Africa before the kidnapping and slavery thing. But apparently this nuance was beyond the people attending the panel.

To be fair, it wasn’t beyond all of them. There was a black woman there who made it clear that she was neither a conservative nor totally ignorant of history and tried to correct some of the more outrageous errors of the panel and the people asking questions and making statements.

She was shouted down.

So, yeah. Let’s look at this, shall we?

The original premise of the panel was telling. “Trump The Race Card.” In my experience, the term “the race card,” has no real meaning other than “I just said something racist but I don’t want to take responsibility for it.” And their magical “trump” is the mention of a long dead black Republican. It’s the functional equivalent of “I have a black friend,” and equally laughable.

And then the rest, “Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?”

The answer to both pieces of this title is pretty simple; STOP SAYING RACIST THINGS!

Holy fuck why is this complicated?

If the overwhelming majority of the nation points out that the things that you’re saying are really racist, that is not in any way an attack on “young white southern males.” It’s the country rejecting the racist things you say. Stop saying racist things and playing on racist stereotypes and generally being the party of I-Hate-You.

And my Republican friends, you’re the ones responsible for this. CPAC is functionally a conservative popularity contest. If the far right didn’t want these people there, they wouldn’t be there; evidence Chris Christie.

So let me reiterate. Stop saying racist things. Just stop it. Further, stop making excuses for others who do so. That’s how you can avoid being called out as racist.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 21, 2013 10:00 AM

    You’re absolutely correct about all of this, of course.

    The thing that interests me is what the young white man said about being “disenfranchised.” I always have to do the confused puppy head tilt when I hear that. Some folks seem to believe that there are only a certain amount of “rights” to be had, and that when people who previously were not given rights by society gain them, someone else has to lose them – become disenfranchised – because there is only so much enfranchisement (rights) to go around. This, of course, is just stupid, not to put too fine a point on it. It’s kind of like saying that if 100 people are laying on a beach in the sun, and then 10 more people arrive and start soaking up some rays, the amount of sunlight each of those now 110 people are receiving is less than what the 100 people were getting. Or, to relate it more closely to the discussion at hand, it’s as if they believe that if 10 more people register to vote, 10 already-registered voters have to be taken off the voting rolls because there are only so many available “voter” slots, and more than that will implode the universe or something. Again, just a stupid idea.

    Rights, in other words, are not a finite resource, and the sooner everyone realizes that, the better off we’ll all be.

    I just hope this makes sense. It’s early, I just woke up, and I’m not sure that I’m braining adequately yet.


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