What’s Race Got To Do With It?

The antidote to the country's first black president

 

In a worthwhile read in the New York Times’ Sunday Review, Lee Siegel–the author of Harvard Is Burning–writes that Mitt Romney “is the whitest white man to run for president in recent memory.”

He goes on to say:

Of course, I’m not talking about a strict count of melanin density. I’m referring to the countless subtle and not-so-subtle ways he telegraphs to a certain type of voter that he is the cultural alternative to America’s first black president. It is a whiteness grounded in a retro vision of the country, one of white picket fences and stay-at-home moms and fathers unashamed of working hard for corporate America.

Romney puts forth a

meticulously cultivated whiteness. He is nearly always in immaculate white shirt sleeves. He is implacably polite, tossing off phrases like “oh gosh” with Stepford bonhomie. He has mastered Benjamin Franklin’s honesty as the “best policy”: a practiced insincerity, an instant sunniness that, though evidently inauthentic, provides a bland bass note that keeps everyone calm. This is the bygone world of Babbitt, of small-town Rotarians.

It should be noted that neither Siegel nor I think Romney is a racist.  However, what he offers to a receptive segment of the country is a

white solution to the problem of a black president. I am sure that Mr. Romney is not a racist. But I am also sure that, for the many Americans who find the thought of a black president unbearable, he is an ideal candidate. For these sudden outsiders, Mitt Romney is the conventional man with the outsider faith — an apocalyptic pragmatist — who will wrest the country back from the unconventional man with the intolerable outsider color.

Read the full piece here.

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  1. BradleyHart August 17, 2012 at 00:29 #

    You don’t have to be a racist to be a bigot.  This is something Romney proves every time he opens his mouth.

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