But remember folks, the Republican Party isn’t racist!

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.

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2 Responses to Richard Cohen: “Today’s GOP is not racist”

  1. Duane12 says:

    I’ve always liked Richard Cohen’s body of work and I will not judge him on this one article, especially one statement admittedly challenging conventional wisdom. I recall him answering one of my e-mails eons ago.

    Here is the Grio’s view: http://thegrio.com/2013/11/12/richard-cohen-defends-column-about-conventional-people-and-the-de-blasios/

  2. It’s the rest of us that have to repress a gag reflex at the views of American conservatives. What in the hell does the make-up of Bill de Blasio’s family and marriage have to do with anything? And the GOP is troubled by secularism? Here’s what they should find troubling.


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