I thought we were living in a more accepting and post racial society. At least that’s what is being shoved down our throats by those that want to act like the pain, suffering and bloodshed of the past 400 years have been wiped because of a black president. Perhaps hiding their guilt or just trying to appear like they’ve changed, the “look we now have a black president” is their go to
excuse proof of the post-racial society that we now live in.
And then there are those that I actually respect that let you know exactly how they feel about these supposed more tolerant and post racial times, letting us know of their reluctance and sometimes downright refusal to accept and just simply “go along” just to get along.
In one of the most recent cases of the latter, Richard Cohen who in his November 11th Column in the Washington Post entitled “Christies tea-party Problem,” He said that the GOP is begrudgingly embracing some of the country’s cultural shift. He wrote”
“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”.
Cohen claims he was expressing the views of some people within the Tea Party and not his own. This isn’t Cohen’s first time being criticized for his comments on race back in July, while writing about the death of Trayvon Martin, he claimed the unarmed teen was “understandably suspected” of being a criminal because he was black. And in 1986, Cohen wrote, “In cities like Washington and New York, the menace comes from young black males. Both blacks and whites believe those young black males are the ones most likely to bop them over the head.”
Whether or not these are in fact Richard Cohen’s personal feelings or if he really was just echoing some tea-party members, thoughts, one thing is for certain; there are those that truly do not like the progress (or lack thereof depending on what side of the fence you are on) that the country is making. I don’t know what the soon to be first lady of New York’s past sexual orientation has to do with anything, but it seems like some people would use anything as ammunition to prove that this country is failing its citizens.
If people have to actually “repress a gag reflex when it comes to interracial dating/marriages than that would give proof that not only is the post-racial society a myth but that we haven’t progressed that much since the Jim Crow era, even with a black President. And that would pull the rug from under those that go to great lengths to pull the wool over our eyes
What do you think? Is there such thing as a post-racial and more tolerant society? Are you even surprised by Richard Cohen’s or the tea-party reluctance to change?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
Breazy Rather .