The Democrats’ Racial Albatross, by David Cole. After an interesting introduction with a recent story about Hollywood types in Shreveport Louisiana treating a local girl badly because she was a working class white, the author has a powerful thesis:
Let’s pause to recap. A young woman — who I’m sure is not overjoyed by the fact that her life consists of working at a bar in an impoverished Southern town serving spoiled Hollywood douchebags — is insulted by one of those douchebags in her own establishment. She invokes her right to refuse service. The douchebag feels he is above the rules; how dare a simple working-class barmaid not accept his abuse!
Police arrived, and a melee broke out. … In the video [Jeremy Wright, the black actor pictured below,] complains that he’s only in this predicament because some “chick” didn’t like the way he was talking to her. Wright would later pen an essay for CNN in which he blamed the entire episode on (what else) “racism.”
And there you have it. Wright, the champion of women, the guy who demands that Trump respect the views of “our mothers, sisters, and daughters,” got pissed off that a blue-collar woman didn’t want to take his abuse. He allowed her no right to have her own opinion. When she said, “I’m offended by your comments and I’d like you to leave,” Wright dismissively responded with “your views mean nothing to me because you’re just some ‘chick.’”
And, as Wright stressed in his CNN op-ed, she wasn’t just any chick, but a white chick.
Wright personifies Democrats. Beneath all the talk about “helping the working folks,” behind the talk about being the “party of women,” the Democrats always put race first. That bartender’s opinions meant nothing because of her race. She could be abused because of her race.
And that’s why the Democrats struggle, and will continue to struggle, with winning over the white working class. They can go into impoverished towns all over the country promising economic renewal, but the racial hatred that has become such a permanent part of the Democrat character these days will continue to alienate voters who are not “people of color.”
In short, race has become to the Democrats what abortion has been to the Republicans. It’s an albatross issue. The pro-life wing of the GOP, unwilling to compromise even in the face of total defeat, refuses to temper its opposition to abortion with the understanding that an overwhelming majority of U.S. voters want an exception in cases of rape. As I have pointed out in previous columns, the GOP pro-life wing’s obstinate insistence on “no rape exception” has cost the party election after election, and has led to some of the most sanity-challenged gaffes in the history of U.S. politics. And the Democrats make fine use of this. They sit back and let the GOP abortion extremists frighten women into thinking that, should they ever be raped, Republicans will be there to ensure that they carry to term or else.
But now the Democrats find themselves with their own malformed fetus, one that’s seriously threatening the life of the mother. The Democrat base has become frighteningly unreasonable regarding race. More specifically, the base has gone completely off the deep end regarding its hostility toward whites. And the problem the Democrats face is, at no known time in human history has a particular group of people responded positively to being told, “You can’t do this, or say that, because of the way you look.” …
White-bashing is to the Democrats what the “no rape exception” is to Republicans—an issue that never wins but only loses state and national elections.
But whereas one can still find Republican officeholders who are okay with the rape exception (indeed, there are even a few prominent Republicans who are straight-out pro-choice), who among the Democrats, on a national level, has ever spoken out against white-bashing? …
The party today would never allow the kind of lip service to racial fairness that Obama offered in ’08. The words of arguably the most leftist president in U.S. history would now be considered right-wing. That’s how bad things have gotten in the past decade.
A lesson for the left wing:
Let’s not forget that the bartender who refused service to Jeffrey Wright because of his snide comments and racist finger-pointing sacrificed her tip. She could have swallowed her pride and served him, and maybe made a few extra bucks, money she probably needed.
But he pushed her too far, and she was willing to give up some extra cash because she was tired of being abused for being a “white chick.”