Response to patrice (Reply #20)
Fri Jun 15, 2012, 07:05 PM
cthulu2016 (10,305 posts)
25. Using language the way people use language is communicative
Nobody is simplistic enough to read "cats are smaller than dogs" as a statement that all cats are smaller than all dogs unless they are in a nit-picking mood. Since the OP states that there are many millions of white Democratic voters it is obviously not saying that all white voters vote Republican.
But all white voters who pick a party based on race are Republicans.
The designed appeal of the Republican party is to white people, and to the exclusion of other people.
In the phrase "the white party" the word white modifies the word party. It is descriptive of the Republican party as an institution.
I am not advising white people to vote for republicans. I am identifying that they do in numbers that are at odds with class and interest.
And the reason many white people vote against class interest is because they opt for perceived racial interest. Being a Republican is perceived by many, many, many white people "the white thing to do."
This fact is often not appreciated because the media does not describe the Republican party base in terms of perceived racial interest, in the way the Democratic party base is routinely described described in terms of racial self-interest.
And the reason that identification is not made in the media is because it would make the Republican party sound like a racist institution.
By obscuring the relative racial exclusivity of the Republicans we craft a false view where race is not determinative.
For instance, anyone who is more worried about the deficit today than they were in 2006 is likely to be a racist, but we treat deficit concern that arises mysteriously when the president is black as being legitimate concern about the deficit, worthy of respect as a dry policy issue.
Any all-but overtly racist institution is granted legitimacy by pretending that it is not a party built on racial identification, which it is.
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