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Senate Diversity Police Need To Question Democrats

This is one of the more irrirtating manifestations of the faux drive for “diversity”.  See if you can pick up on it:

That historically all-white club known as the U.S. Senate is likely to lose what little diversity it has after November’s elections.

Two white men will be competing for President Barack Obama’s former seat in Illinois, now held by Roland Burris, the chamber’s lone African-American. Appointed by the scandal-tainted former governor, Burris won’t be seeking a full term.

In contests in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, black candidates face daunting challenges to joining the august body, from difficulty raising cash to lack of name recognition to formidable rivals.

Got it?  Yeah, no mention of other “minorities”.  Apparently “diversity” is now only measured by the inclusion of only one race.  In fact, despite the assertion in the article, the Senate is not – let me repeat that – not an “all-white club”.

While 94 members are white, 2 are Asian and 3 are Hispanic and 1 is black.  17 are women.

To make the point that it’s really not diversity that this is about, the article notes:

Blacks comprise 12.2 percent of the nation’s population, but you wouldn’t know it in the 100-member Senate. Come next year, the total number could add up to zero.

“It certainly is not a desirable state of affairs,” said David Bositis, a senior political analyst with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Bositis noted that blacks don’t make up the majority population in any state and in states where there are large numbers of blacks, as in the South, there are racial divisions that make getting elected difficult.

Apparently democracy and the will of the people are wonderful things unless they don’t yield the results the diversity police think they should.  Then it is “not a desirable state of affairs”.

Let’s try this – how many black candidates are the Democrats, the party that positions itself as the party of African Americans, running for the Senate in predominantly blue states?  Why is it that the Democratic party has a white guy running for Barack Obama’s seat?  Whose fault is that?  Why don’t the Democrats have an African American available to contest that and other Senate seats in opposition to Republicans if this is such a undesirable state of affairs?

The implicit assumption made by Bostis is “racial divisons” in the South are the reason a fairly large black population can’t elect a black Senator.  It couldn’t at all be the fact that they’re all deep red states, could it?  And if we grant him his assumption that the problem in the South is racism, then one assumes that such a problem wouldn’t exist in the North in deep blue states, correct (otherwise why try to make such an implication)?  So where are the black Senators then – from Michigan, for instance?  Why don’t Washington or Oregon have black Senators?  New York?  Massachusetts? Afterall, what’s being implied is that race isn’t really an issue elsewhere for blacks - only in the South.  Never mind the fact that the deep red South would be unlikely to elect a Democrat to begin whether he or she be white or black. 

Anyway, this one just struck me wrong.  This is a nonsense story spun as something significant.  If the diversity police  want to point fingers, Mr. Bostis, et al should be asking the Democrats why members of a constituency they claim is theirs aren’t being put forward as candidates for the “historically all-white club”  in deeply blue states where, one assumes, they’d have a great chance as the party’s primary choice.

~McQ

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6 Responses to Senate Diversity Police Need To Question Democrats

  • In case you had not seen this, it comports well with the argument you make.  Namely that irrespective of the ballyhoo the left makes about its inclusiveness and compassion towards minorities (particularly blacks), their electoral strongholds are awfully white.
    But then, we all know that the left is only tolerant of those with whom they politically (and to a much lesser extent, philosophically) agree.   Janeane Garofalo is certainly not the spokesperson of the left, but she surely embodies their intellectual heft.

  • The same thought struck me when reading your other post about Rep Conyers.  Here was a member of and exclusively Black organization complaining about the lack of diversity of a group led by man with the name of Rajiv Shah.  The irony was overwhelming.

  • AN OPEN LETTER TO BLACK AMERICANS:  Do you want to be more politically relevant? do you wasnt more political power and representation?
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    Well, here is what you do.  Stop giving your entire allegience to just one party!  They only take your vote for granted and the other party has given up trying to reach out to you because you won’t give them the time of day.  That is really an IDIOTIC strategy for a minority group of any kind.

  • There was a black candidate for the Massachusetts (please note spelling Martha) Senate race. He was in the REPUBLICAN primary.