Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Race Relations

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania speaks up on the Obama’s “date night” in New York, shares some observations about his African-American brethren and offers some helpful advice on marriage and family:

And you have an African-American community, particularly in the poor inner city areas, we’re looking at out of wedlock birthrates in three quarters to 75 percent (sic) of children being born out of wedlock. Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American woman and is not desirable among African-American males.

Here we have a president of the United States who says that marriage is cool. You have respect for your wife, and you treat her with the respect and dignity that she deserves. And she is part of this team. And it’s not just part of professional team, but it’s also part of a personal, romantic team. I think that’s all great. So I think it’s important that he keeps having his date night.

As Paul the Spud wonders, “I can’t for the life of me imagine why the Republican party is dwindling into a handful of angry, obnoxious white guys.”

Meanwhile, Manuel Miranda, who is organizing the filibuster against Judge Sonia Sotomayor, speaks up for Hispanic voters and their place in Republican politics:

Hispanic polls, Hispanic surveys, indicate that Hispanics think just like everyone else. We’re not like African-Americans. We think just like everybody else.

Who is this “everybody else” he’s talking about?

Reading these two stories, you can’t help but come to the conclusion that even in the 21st century and with the first black president, the conservatives and the GOP still think of African-Americans as somehow outside of the mainstream, and not just in terms of political alliances, but as not counting at all.

I’m at a complete loss to understand why any political party would think that would be a way to persuade anybody, regardless of race or ethnicity, to vote for them.

HT to Steve.