Richard Cohen, a longtime supposedly liberal Washington Post columnist, seems to not understand what the word “racist” means. In yesterday’s column, in which he discusses the GOP’s political landscape, he had this paragraph:
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.
I’m sorry sir, but what? If someone has to “repress a gag reflex” when considering interracial marriage and biracial children, guess what? You’ve got yourself a racist!
One of the dictionary’s simpler definitions of racism is: “hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” That’s not a sociologically-correct interpretation, but that’s a whole other conversation entirely. For argument’s sake, we’ll go with that. Now, what is a gag reflex to interracial marriage if not an intolerance? What am I missing here Mr. Cohen?
I think what’s most insulting about this whole thing is that he’s labeling this way of thinking as “People with conventional views.” So, it’s conventional to be discriminatory of other races, not racist! Gee, in that case, we have a lot of history rewriting to do guys!
Mr. Cohen, I think it’s time you looked in the mirror and realized something — you sir, are probably racist. It seems oxymoronic to have a racist liberal columnist, but that appears to be the case here. For him to be able to actually say that the Tea Party and its views on race are not racist either makes him incredibly stupid or racist himself. I’m going to go with the latter though because you’ve exhibited some racist tendencies in the past with quotes such as this in reference to Trayvon Martin:
“a quintessentially American tragedy — the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.”
Only in a racist mind can the words “understandably suspected because he was Black” be written in good faith for an article titled “Racism Vs. Reality.”
It’s time you had a conversation with the man in the mirror Mr. Cohen. If you’re a racist, that’s your prerogative, but don’t try to tell me that racist ideologies are conventional realities.