As you might be aware, so-called liberal Richard Cohen published a column in the Post a few days ago that, to anyone with half a brain, demonstrated that he is an unreconstructed racist. It included such gems as:
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.
So, people who gag at the thought of “a white man married to a black woman with two biracial children” are just “people with conventional views” and not, you know, effing racists. And it’s not that so-called cultural conservatives are racist, heavens, no. It’s just that the sight of a white man married to a black woman with two biracial children “doesn’t look like their country at all.”
Which is, I am sure, exactly how Thomas Jefferson felt.
(And don’t even get me started on “used to be a lesbian.” Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Interrobang.)
Not only did Richard Cohen write this column, but presumably, no one at the Post even blinked during the editing process. Still, it is Cohen’s work, and it is a work of thermonuclear hate and stupidity so vile and staggering that the only decent, humane response from the standpoint of, you know, readers is to terminate him with extreme prejudice, or at least dump him and his desk out a second-floor window and plow the floor of his former office with salt so that nothing that stupid can ever grow there again.
(Ta’Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic offers a slightly more nuanced response.)
But there’s a bigger problem than Cohen. And that problem is that liberals, because they are so damn decent and forgiving, are willing, at the worst, to just shrug and say, “Well, that’s Cohen. Let’s move on.” Just like liberals said impeachment of Bush 43 for torture and other crimes against humanity was “off the table” once Democrats regained control of Congress in 2006. Just like at least some liberals think there might actually be some virtue in cuts, however minor, to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as part of a “Grand Bargain” to “fix the deficit.”
Aw, hell, no. On this one, I’m with John Cole:
This is not the [expletive] time to say “Can we all just agree that Richard Cohen is an [expletive] and move on?”Haven’t y’all been doing that for several decades (I’m kinda new to the cause, having converted late)? How has that worked out? Moving on and not talking about him has meant several more decades of talking about him. How about we once and for all do something about it?
This is what shocks me over and over and over again. Wingnuts, at any perceived slight, go for the throat — and more often than not they get the head. Don’t believe me? Ask Phil Donahue and Ashleigh Banfield and Dan Rather and David Schuster and on and on and on. And those are just media folks — you could start with Shirley Sherrod and work your way through public servants all the way through academia down to the smallest most insignificant guy working for ACORN. They go for the kill.
And here, we have an allegedly well-meaning guy who just wants to translate to the 75% of unenlightend Americans why interracial marriage is unconventional dead to rights, and folks wanna say “Let’s just move on.”
No. I’m not ready to move on. Moving on means moving forward, and moving forward means rejecting the status quo and working towards something better. And we can’t move forward until folks like Richard Cohen and his ilk are put out to pasture. If you want to change [expletive], do it one [expletive]head at a time. I’m tired of waiting for David Broder to die* while Fox News elevates Karl Rove.
Because I’m beyond sick and tired of putting up with this crap, and I’m done moving on.
*Yes, I know Broder is already dead. Cole knows it, too; I think he meant this in the sense of “Broder-style thinking.”