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Leonard Pitts had this to say in his column Tuesday, and he absolutely NAILS the implications of the increasing diversity of these United States:

The majority becomes the minority. And as that wave of babies moves toward adulthood, the nation moves toward a future in which it will only grow that much more difficult to “otherize” people for their dark skin and exotic names.

After all, President Martinez lies in an incubator even as we speak. President Chen has begun to toddle. President Muhammad is being toilet trained. And this idea that some of us are real Americans and some of us are Others is thereby doomed. It will probably not even work in 2012. It will definitely not work in years to come.

Oh, sure, this is likely to make some heads in the vast right-wing blogosphere explode, but really.

Naturally, this was occasioned by the latest bout of birtherism out of Arizona, which as we figured, just made the state look even more idiotic than it already looked (how did they even manage to recall Russell Pearce?).  It's clear that Obama's opponents are just becoming more and more desperate.

Romney can't keep up with Mark Halperin, for heaven's sake. We have two Republican Congressional candidates who revert to virtual taking of the Fifth Amendment rather than admit they were wrong about something, or stupid about something.  Donald Trump is reviving his birtherism again.  It's not even that we're coming into the sillier season of summer.  This is NUTS.

Pitts has more, about the whole Reverend Wright strategy (the wink-wink-nudge-nudge that was supposed to be a dog whistle, but was pitched low enough for us ALL to hear it and failed in that way), and about the trip to Hawai'i, but he frames it all in one line of a poem by Langston Hughes, the great poet of the Harlem renaissance who died 45 years ago this week:

“I, too, sing America.”
150 years after the Civil War, almost 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Right, Clarence Thomas and Michael Steele and Michelle Malkin notwithstanding (really, if LGBT people shouldn't be Republicans, should people who belong to groups that were the historic target of racism be Republicans?), just can't get over the fact that our president had a black father.

Pitts again:

The conservatives who are still demanding a birth certificate they’ve already been provided, the ones taking applications for extremely literate African Americans, the ones operating on bad food, no sleep and a surplus of panic, would be well advised to understand this and adapt accordingly. Their former business model — appeal to the fears, anxieties and resentments of aging white voters — is literally dying.

Meantime, the future is being born, audible in every new baby’s cry. Langston Hughes would have understood that sound for what it is — America, being sung.

This is why we must reelect the President, take over the House and hold the Senate. It's why we have to recall Scott Walker. It's the possibility embodied in our motto, Out of Many, One and only one political party really respects it.

Sorry that this might be a post-and-run diary, but I have errands to do and a lunch date, and this is too important to let wait.

8:59 AM PT: NOW I'm leaving to run errands and for a lunch date.  I'll be back by probably 5:30 Eastern.

2:44 PM PT: I'm back now, and paying attention.

Originally posted to Dave in Northridge on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Federation.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:05:22 AM PDT

  •  Um... (6+ / 0-)

    Langston Hughes died 435 years ago?  You might want to correct that.

    On the topic of your diary, I am looking forward to a more diverse U. S.  At some point, the batshit phobia of non-white people will be broken, and we can all live sane and normal lives.  However, I expect to be dead by that time...

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:35:59 AM PDT

    •  Post in a hurry, that happens. (6+ / 0-)

      Thanks, gizmo.  Glad I haven't left yet

      -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

      by Dave in Northridge on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:36:49 AM PDT

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    •  Here's irony for ya (3+ / 0-)

      We moved to Iowa in 1992 partly because we wanted to live in a more diverse community than the upper-middle class white town where we lived, where Jim taught high school, where the high school kids mostly had nicer cars than the teachers did.

      It was a good move. The street we moved to had a Japanese family next door, African Americans down the block, the lesbian couple across the street, and a number of other "other" households within the block or two.

      When we moved across town in 1997, Son's grade school welcomed students from dozens of nationalities.

      Of course, that's often a benefit of living in a college town, but it was a decision we made with THAT in mind.

  •  My sample of the newer more diverse America (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge

    I just spent 18 days in close contact with 11 college students as we travelled around Ecuador.  Racial breakdown as follows.

    6 - white with British surnames (seven if you count me)
    1 - white with Polish surname
    1 - Jewish (German/Polish ancestry)
    1 - Ecuadorean ancestry (Incan/Spanish)
    1 - presumably Cuban (he wasn't very talkative)
    1 - African American

    This is a 'whiter' group than campus as a whole.  

    As far as I could tell the students were completely indifferent to background.

    Two of the students had parents that listened to Glen Beck which they treated as joke.

    They expressed an indifference to/distaste for politics which they regarded as pointless arguing and personal attacks rather than getting things done.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sat May 26, 2012 at 05:55:36 AM PDT

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