Republican Mo Brooks, a congressman from Alabama, has accused black and Hispanic Democrats of waging “a war on whites” as part of their campaign tactics to split the nation. Naturally the mainstream media has quickly painted the congressman as a racist and crazy Republican.
But this needs more attention than is expected from a “drive-by media.” Brooks told The Huntsville Times on Monday, “What the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant. We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together. That's what the melting pot ideal of America is all about. A person's skin pigmentation is something acquired at birth that has absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the person of how one should vote."
Is there truth to what Congressman Brooks is saying? It appears that the DNC has changed their strategy in lieu of the president’s dismal poling numbers and are “reaching out” to their ethnic base in a more abrupt, racist approach of their own.
Brooks later appeared on commentator Laura Ingrahm’s national radio show. His remarks were obviously those of an upset American citizen who earnestly believes that President Barack Obama’s goal in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns was “where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare.”
He went further by saying, “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else.” His host wasn’t buying such a stark allegation.
Brooks was not deterred. He firmly believes, as do many other Americans, that Democrats are openly soliciting votes of people based on skin color and attacking whites based on skin color. “And that's wrong,” he said.
There is little doubt that the president has separated Americans by class with his redistribution of wealth policies. It is also true that race relations haven't been as bad as they are now in decades. As Brooks explains, “Nobody should be attacked based on skin color. The Democrats do it on a regular basis and you can see it in the campaign appeals that they make based on skin color. I don't know of a single Republican who has made an appeal for votes based on skin color. The Democrats routinely make appeals based on race and they get away with it. It's repugnant to ever make an appeal based on race.”
Does the congressman have a point?
“I'm one of those who does not believe in racism, and I believe everyone should be treated equally as American citizens. It's high time folks started calling out the Democrats for their racial appeals. Certainly if you were to flip the coin and a white person were to say vote for me because I'm white, it would be an uproar and deservedly so. So why do we allow blacks to say vote for me because I'm black or Hispanics vote for me because I'm Hispanic? Race is immaterial and everybody ought to be treated the same."
Maybe it time other races call the president on his own racial hypocrisy. It won’t be popular with professional race-baiters like the Rev. Al Sharpton, but it might be a first step towards real race relations improvement. It won';t help the DNC and their political strategy, but it may help heal racial wounds that have been created since 2008.
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