Tomorrow,/ I’ll be at the table/ When [the cable-news-network parent] company comes.
Even with the election over we are still expected to talk about it. And given the focus on demographics in election analysis, we are going to need some tips on racial etiquette. Especially white people, who so often take it upon themselves to speak for/over others. Now I know mentioning “racial”, “white people” and “election” is a huge red flag that the following article will be craven race baiting of one kind or another, but don’t worry! I may be red-green colorblind, but I also tend to be incorrect about politics.
Tip 1. Act casual. Talk about not-white people like you always do!
White people are used to talking about the “not-white-people problem,” but after the election it seems to have become the “not-white-people not-voting-Republican problem.” If you’re worried about updating your talking points, don’t worry! Its a very similar conversation.
Just listen to Charles Krauthammer on Fox News’s classic ‘white people sitting at a table talking about not-white people.’ He said that convincing Hispanics and Latin@s to vote republican
… is not an intrinsic ethnic, affinity problem it’s a policy problem … I think Republicans can change their position. Be a lot more open to actual amnesty with enforcement, amnesty, everything short of citizenship, and to make a bold change in their policy
Never let race define peoples’ potential. Instead, consider ‘those people’ as a policy problem.
Its just like any other night on TV. Hispanics are the embodiment of a single political problem, immigration. As I have said, its an easy update from the “Hispanic problem” to the “Hispanic vote problem.” But be careful, don’t go too far and actually consider Hispanics and Latin@s as a diverse, multifaceted voting population. Then you might make the mistake of realizing that Hispanics and Latin@s care about healthcare and unemployment as much or more than immigration reform.
Or you might even make the mistake A.B. Stoddard made at the same table of white people by suggesting that some in the Republican base are xenophobic reactionaries.
If [Republicans in Congress] make just [a] passing comment about guest visas their office gets taken over the next day by protesters. People they think are xenophobic and nutso, but they can’t budge an inch on this issue and it’s a real problem for the party.
Those activists are clearly not xenophobic and nutso! We all know Republican purists see through race to the raw economic value of grueling, non-union labor that everyone is equally endowed with. Like veteran white person, Ted Nugent, who called Democratic voters “Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters.” See, he’s not a xenophobic nutso. Never once did he mention race — not even the fact that “pimps whores & welfare brats” are all hateful, racist stereotypes that have been used to defend racially iniquitous policy! Colorblindness at its best.
Tip 2. Get out there and have your voice about other peoples’ voices heard!
Be sure you know the exit poll numbers, but don’t don’t let a resounding demand for respect by enfranchised citizens stop you from belittling them. Before the election Mitt Romney said 47 percent of the country felt entitled to “you name it.” During the election Bill O’Reilly said 50 percent of the country “wants stuff.” After the election, you might be tempted to say: a majority of voters want a candidate who respects them, but that would be silly! Numbers may change, but the opportunity to disregard peoples beliefs and motivations by casting them as selfish, single-issue voters is eternal. Now get out there and make me cringe!