There are a lot of conservatives out there in denial about the racist component of the fierce and sometimes weird opposition to President Obama. I’ve written about it often, and while I obviously don’t think all or even most of the opponents of Barack Obama are outright racists, there is a rather large group of folks on the right, the white right, who resent the browning of America.
Along those lines, Mother Jones, which has been doing great journalistic work, published today this article:
You can read the article and draw your own conclusions, but I have argued that a lot of the fuel that fires up the irrational hate-Obama movement is a fear that white culture—whatever that is—is being overrun by a foreign one, or many foreign ones.
Defending a white nationalist group, one of the conservatives featured in the Mother Jones piece, James B. Taylor, said:
You’ve got the NAACP and B’nai B’rith. Why not something for white people?
That nationalist group that Taylor was defending is this one:
Here is part of the NPI’s “about” page:
Look at that nice white American family, those beautiful white children. The white culture these images are meant to represent is what a lot of people on the right are fighting for, indeed, have been fighting for long before anyone ever heard of Barack Obama.
And although the cultural angst that some white folks feel didn’t start with our black president, unlike any American president before him he has the pigmented credentials that serve so well to feed the fear and paranoia that is today a part of the conservative movement.
Speaking of that fear and paranoia, isn’t it ironic that Republican Senator Marco Rubio, whose parents were Cubans and whose ethnicity Republicans are strategically, if not cynically, using to appeal to a broader base of Americans, today had to go before none other than Rush Limbaugh, the whitest of white Obama-hating conservatives, to essentially get his blessing on immigration reform.
And Limbaugh during his interview on Tuesday seemed to give Rubio permission by saying,
Well, what you are doing is admirable and noteworthy.
Ain’t that nice?
But Limbaugh asked him after that :
LIMBAUGH: This legislation that you’ve admitted is not written, but you’re here on the radio today, you’ve been doing a lot of media, who are you trying to reach with this?
RUBIO: In terms of the —
LIMBAUGH: The bill. You talking Hispanics, illegals, are you talking the American people, who are you talking to?
Ahh. You see? “The American people” and “Hispanics” are not really the same thing in the mind of Rush Limbaugh, a man so powerful in the Republican Party that its most prominent Hispanic leader feels the need to get the radio host’s permission to pass immigration laws.