I have made an observation that I think a lot readers of this blog will disagree with at face value. However, if you let me qualify the statement with an explanation, I will end my diatribe with a call, nay, a plea for evidence to the contrary.
Here’s my observation: there are no racist elected Democrats at the federal level.
Here are my qualifications: whoa, whoa, whoa there history buff. I’m talking about Democrats elected today, and I’ll count going back to 2000 (though I’m confident you would be hard-pressed to find a racist Democrat in the 90’s). And not someone who used to be a Democrat and is still racist, but I will accept someone who said something racist at any time in the past and currently holds an elected federal position as a Democrat.
And I mean good ol' racism, not “a racially charged comment,” whatever the fuck that is. I’m talking mentioning a race in the context of mocking them or flaunting some sort of stereotype, like calling a black president a “tribesman.”
For example: I don’t think Dr. Laura was really offensive by saying “nigger” a bunch of times to (not at) a caller who was asking her for help dealing with racism - that just makes her callous and a bad psychologist. She did offend me when she said people who might get offended by racism shouldn’t “marry outside their race.” That is some bona fide ignorant “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” anti-miscengeny.
So here’s the deal: please don’t let more than three claims pile up at a time. If you think you have more than one example of an elected federal Democrat making racist comments, choose the one that is most offensive and is actually attributable to the person. I ask that you only make one attempt to provide me an example at a time, and that you hold your example if three others have not yet been judged by me.
I will be judging whether the comments are racist and it will be at my sole discretion, but you should know going in that I don’t support Democrats or have any vested interest in the matter. I don’t think Republicans are racists, but I do think that if you’re a racist and a voter, you’re voting for a Republican.
And if you’re a racist and holding public office, I’m very confident you’re a Republican. A rarity as well, but still… the fact remains until you fine folks set me straight.