Republicans can hold meetings, have conventions or do whatever they want to try to solve their problem when it comes to attracting minority voters. But their biggest problem with things such as race is their own racism. They can pretend that it’s not there, they can try to “coach” Republican politicians to avoid certain words, but it’s not going to change the fundamental problem within the Republican party that a good amount of them are just plain racist.
Like I’ve said countless times before, living in Texas I see it all the time. I’ve been to tea party events where racism wasn’t hidden at all. In fact, it dominated the conversation as much as politics did.
Until Republicans actually address racism as oppose to just trying to find ways to mask it, we’re going to continue to see stupid moves like I saw from the Iowa Republican Party Facebook page. Somebody affiliated with the Iowa GOP posted a “joke” that might be funny in an inner circles of friends, but is completely inappropriate for an organized office of a major political party.
It’s basically a chart that’s supposed to poke fun at how white people are often seen as racists where other races are not.
Of course the chart was quickly deleted and Iowa Republican Party Chairman A.J. Spiker released a statement condemning the post, but it showcased exactly how naive Republicans are when it comes to the real problem of racism within this country.
Now we’ve all heard racist jokes and we’ve all probably seen graphs like this one that poke fun at racism — heck, the graph itself isn’t even all that offensive, it’s just stupid. The problem is that a state office for the Republican party posted something like this, proving again that their idea of “minority outreach” continues to fail on most levels.
But what it shows me is that Republicans just don’t get it. To many of them, racism is just a joke. Many of them don’t see it as a problem, probably because most of them are white. And while immature people might privately make racial comments or laugh at racist jokes, it’s not something you do when you’re a major political party.
Especially when racism is still a very big problem. Even more so when it’s a huge problem within your own party.
They just don’t get it. And that’s the problem for Republicans on a lot of issues.
Women’s rights, gay rights, immigration, racism, poverty – they just don’t get it.
To them these are talking points or partisan issues they shift around their stances on in hopes of winning elections. Etch-a-Sketch, anybody? They’re not problems they really want to tackle because for many of their voters, they don’t see them as problems.
They see women as secondary to men. They don’t think gays should have rights. They want to deport all immigrants. They don’t think racism is an issue. They think if you’re poor it’s because you’re lazy.
It’s just blind ignorance. It’s this bubble they seem to live in where anything outside of it they simply cannot grasp. It’s why some Republican in Iowa with access to their Facebook page thought this would be funny. Because they just don’t understand that racism isn’t a joke.
And this was just another great example showcasing the reality that when it comes to major issues like racism – Republicans just don’t get the severity of it.