Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I've said this before but it bears repeating: While the modern GOP enables racist thinking and willfully exploits racism among its ranks to its political advantage, it isn't necessarily racist as an organization. Here's the thing, though: Black Americans have an important role to play in the Republican narrative these days, assuming they're willing. That role is to provide absolution for the sins of a past steeped in racist rhetoric and action and a present in which safe haven is regularly provided for bigots and their repugnant views.
And how does a black man or woman do that, how does he or she adhere to the GOP's strict code of conduct? Simple -- by rarely mentioning that he or she actually is black, never bringing up the subject of racism and under no circumstances blaming white suppression for his or her problems or otherwise making any white person feel uncomfortable. This is what the GOP means when it says it's open to all races and ethnicities. Sure it is, as long as the people representing those races or ethnicities understand and accept who's in charge.
I bring this up because Mitt Romney, the Whitest Man in America, has put together what he's calling a "Black Leadership Council," presumably to help him reach out to a community he's currently polling zero with in contrast to Barack Obama. The leaders of that advisory board: Reps. Tim Scott and -- wait for it -- Allen West. Basically, the only two black guys in government Romney could find who support him -- with one, the latter, being a raving sociopath who manages to regularly disgust and offend as many white people as he does black.
The always-great Charles Pierce over at Esquire published a quick bit on this and it's my favorite thing of the day for three reasons: the fact that he refers to the average Romney supporter as looking like "a lump of mozzarella," his brilliant reference to a classic Bill Cosby album in the title, and his use of Barbara Billingsley in Airplane! to illustrate what Romney's outreach is probably going to look like.