If there was ever one columnist that shouldn’t make attempts at discussing race, it would be the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen. Time after time, Cohen fails at grasping the simple contexts of race, especially when writing about slavery and the George Zimmerman trial. Just last month Cohen had this to say about “12 Years A Slave”:
“Slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks”. Cohen admitted to not eve knowing the true brutality of slavery and of the confederacy, until he saw the movie.
In Cohen’s most recent drivel, he attempted to offer some “perspective” on New York’s recent mayoral election. Not only does Cohen uses the word “gag” and “biracial couples” in the same sentence when speaking about New York’s recently elected mayor Bill de Blasio and his family, he also makes mention of the fact that de Blasio’s wife “used to be a lesbian”:
“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.”
I think these “conventional views” that Cohen is talking about, should more appropriately be called racist and homophobic views. Not so long ago the same “conventional views” that Cohen is spouting said a woman was “chattel” to her husband. I wonder if it causes Cohen a gag reflex to see women with all the same rights as men. Racist conservatives are losing their minds and they can’t take it any more. They’re grasping at straws nowadays. What they fail to realize is that eventually they’ll be out numbered, and this scares them.