Whiteness Is Still a Proxy for Being American
Anyone can make a fool of himself. So it’s tempting to dismiss last Thursday’s mega-gaffe by Florida Representative Curt Clawson as indicative of nothing more than the fallibility of the human brain.
But think about the nature of Clawson’s goof. Sitting across a congressional hearing room from Nisha Biswal, an official at the State Department, and Arun Kumar, who works at the Department of Commerce, Clawson addressed the two Indian-Americans as if they were representatives of the government of India. Which is to say: He had trouble recognizing that two Americans who trace their ancestry to the developing world are really American.
In today’s Republican Party, and beyond, a lot of people are having the same trouble. How else to explain the fact that, according to a 2011 New York Times/CBS poll, 45% of Republicans think President Obama was born outside the United States? Is it because they’re well versed in the details of which kind of birth certificate he released and when? Of course not.
It’s because they see someone with his color skin and his kind of name and think: Doesn’t seem American to me…
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Let’s consider this scenario: An Englishman has moved to America and taken up US citizenship but still speaks with an English accent. Some people who do not know him well make mistakes and think he is still a citizen of the UK.
Massive scandal, right? Uh…no, I highly doubt it.
The search for “racism” and “white privilege” in every microscopic mistake is becoming ridiculous.
The left has been banging on about racism for decades now and instead of any improvement, they are doubling down and picking stupid things like this and making into a huge deal, which it is not.
This is despite the fact the people are in general less racist than when the whole game got started in the 1960’s.
It is a game we can never win. The leftists, indeed, do not want to end it. They want to keep on with their endless accusations.
It’s the like the hysteria over sexism and homophobia. People have grown ever more tolerant yet the left simply will not shut up.