The ‘Othering’ of Ted Cruz

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Liberals don’t like Ted Cruz. Many hate him. But why? Is it his conservative politics? That might have something do with it. The most plausible explanation is that liberals fear any politician who dares to be non-white, non-conformist, and non-complacent, and who challenges their 1940s Rooseveltian worldview.

Whenever someone like Ted Cruz come along, liberals cling to their outdated values, and immediately set out to neutralize this threat via a process known as “othering.” According to Yahoo! Answers:

Diversity, in Context

Living up to your own expectations can be frustrating, even for a wonk / AP

As longtime admirers of Ezra Klein and his scrappy gang of Juicebox wunderkinds, we are dismayed to learn that “Project X,” Klein’s broad-based multiplatform transformative new media venture, does not appear to value diversity in the newsroom.

Washington Post media watchdog Erik Wemple reported Wednesday that Richard Prince, a prominent advocate for “Diversifying the Face of American Journalism,” has raised questions about the racial diversity at Project X.

To his credit, Klein’s response should be held as the gold standard of comebacks/apologies for liberals caught in an act of homogeny.

The Cost of Crying Racism? War

Just another racist white dude

As President Barack Obama continues to half-heartedly make the case for war to a Congress and public that aren’t interested, some conservatives have snarked that all the principled anti-war activists so prominent throughout the Bush years—Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, etc.—must have been kidnapped. That’s the only way to account for their silence.

Ed Asner has another explanation, however: They’re all afraid of being called a racist for daring to oppose Barack Obama.

The Cost of Crying Racism, Ctd.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Conor Friedersdorf has a good post up today looking at the progressive media’s reaction to the recent New York Times story on the massive fraud committed by hucksters making fake claims of racial discrimination. I just want to hone in one particular point that hearkens back to something I wrote a few weeks back on the story.

In it, I noted that one of the few congressman who stood up to the fraudulent payouts said that almost no one else would join him. “Never underestimate the fear of being called racist,” he said. As Conor writes, leading liberal lights like Adam Serwer were content to level just such charges as the case was bubbling up through the conservative media: “the pervasiveness of conservative anger over the Pigford settlement augurs a new low for conservative anti-anti-racism, in which remedying an exhaustively documented instance of racial discrimination is objectionable not because the claim itself is illegitimate but because it represents a transfer of income from whites to nonwhites.”

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, the lesson was a simple one for conservatives (and, tangentially, members of the media at large):

The Cost of Crying Racism

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A week ago, I noted a smart essay in the AV Club on the fact that white film critics, afraid of being called “racist,” have long watered down their criticisms of Tyler Perry. The stakes in that case were relatively low: film criticism is, after all, just film criticism. Don’t get me wrong, I love dabbling in the form. If I had to write about politics all the time, I’d go insane (for reasons you’ll see tout de suite). And it’s important to note that we lose some indefinable-but-important thing as a society when we are afraid to address certain issues. The public square becomes intellectually impoverished, even if it’s over something as trivial as the ability to say “Tyler Perry sucks, hard,” over fear of an idiotic backlash whipped up by grievance-mongers looking to slake their thirst for a daily outrage.

Sometimes the stakes are less trivial, however. Sometimes, the grievance-mongers whip up more than angry comments and get in response more than an empty apology. Sometimes—aided by Democrats looking to help client groups receive a free handout from the government for harm they did not endure—it ends up costing us all billions of dollars. The New York Times catalogued one such instance in an absolutely epic story today explaining how the Obama Administration (and the Clinton Administration before it) enabled immoral parasites to leach billions of dollars off the public.

And they got away with it because politicians who could have stopped it were afraid of being called racist. Better surrender billions in funding—hey, it’s not your money!—than risk having to deal with the Jesse Jacksons and the Al Sharptons of the world calling you a bigot. Writes the Times:

McCain Responds to Spurious Charge of Racism

Accusation that criticism of Susan Rice is based on race 'hurts a little bit,' says Arizona Senator

Last night on Hardball, MSNBC Executive Editor Richard Wolffe levied the charge that Senator John McCain’s opposition to Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential nomination to Secretary of State was based on racial prejudice.

Top Five Biden Race Gaffes

Vice President has history of racially insensitive rhetoric
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Vice President Joe Biden has unshackled a number of racially charged statements in the past.

Obama’s Racism-Obsessed Surrogate

Virginia state senator: 'I absolutely believe it's all about race'
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The Obama surrogate who blamed the president’s falling poll numbers in Virginia on racist tactics by Republicans has a history of crying racism.

Obama’s Dog Whistles

Obama’s campaign and administration emphasize different parts of Obamacare to different audiences depending on their racial makeup, according to a report in Politico.