When the Republican party and racism get brought up, conservatives are often quick to dismiss the notion that the Republican party is filled with racists. Racism itself is hard to “prove” because if someone, or a group of people, spout off something racist those claiming that the GOP isn’t racist will simply dismiss them as the minority.
I usually adhere to two beliefs when it comes to racism and the Republican party:
- Not all Republicans are racist, but most racists are Republicans.
- If Republicans don’t want to be known as the party of racists, they need to stop promoting and supporting those who are openly racist.
Ann Coulter is a prime example of this type of person. During her “debate” at CPAC she didn’t hide her disdain for anyone who’s not white.
Coulter went after MSNBC for doing what she called “celebrating the browning of America.” She followed that by saying that eventually these “brown” people will be the majority, funding programs for older, white Americans, and eventually one day they’ll just say, “Screw it.” Essentially insinuating that one day “brown people” will turn on the “older white people.”
Aren’t her comments the basic premise behind white supremacy? That the “brown people” are out to steal and destroy “white America”?
But it gets worse.
Following her CPAC appearance Coulter appeared at a press conference with Eagle Forum head Phyllis Schlafly, where she compared an increasing Latino population to sexual assault.
“This isn’t a natural process,” Coulter said about the claim by some that demographics in this country are changing. “It’s like you’re being raped and the guy is telling you ‘my penis is in you.’ No, you’re raping me. Demographics are changing by force. There is nothing natural about it.”
She then went on to talk about the greatness of the 80’s when the country was more white and claimed that Romney would have won in a landslide in 2012 if the demographics of this country matched those of the 1980 presidential election.
So, are conservatives going to dismiss her as just an “outsider”? This woman is featured on nearly every major conservative media outlet, is a frequent guest on Fox News and was invited to CPAC – that’s not some random racist outlier. That’s a featured member of your party’s media circles.
Her comments were absolutely disgusting, and if the Republican party wants to not be seen as the party that supports racism, it starts with denouncing reprehensible individuals like Ann Coulter. But sadly, instead of denouncing her comments – they’re probably celebrating them.
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