Gerard Alexander on Racism Accusations

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 13, 2010

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Very much worth reading on the issue of the allegations against Republicans and conservatives. Conclusion?

Liberal interpretations that portray modern conservatism as standing athwart the “rights revolution” of the 1960s are hard pressed to explain the growing number of minority and female candidates favored by the conservative rank and file. Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, Tim Scott, Ryan Frazier, Raul Labrador and Jaime Herrera are GOP nominees for the Senate, governorships and the House because Republican voters preferred them over their white opponents. Allen West in Florida and Jon Barela in New Mexico were the consensus GOP choices to run for competitive House seats. Many of these candidates are well-positioned to win their races and help change the public face of modern conservatism.

The old conservatism-as-racism story has outlived all usefulness and accuracy. November might be a good time to start a rethink.

Of course, no one really expects port-side politicians to give up one of their favorite shibboleths anytime soon. But Alexander makes them pay for relying so heavily on these false accusations as part of their narrative.

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