MSNBC tweeted this:
The response was this hashtag:
All the pictures and comments I’ve been seeing just made me think a little bit. And I want to preface this by saying that I think all the families I saw were absolutely precious. This is not an attack on anyone’s beliefs or family. These are simply some thoughts of mine.
1. The right-wing is pulling the race card on this issue because it is convenient for them. Any other time race comes up, it’s condemned by conservatives.
Prime example: when Obama held a press conference after the Zimmerman trial verdict and stated that America was not post-racial. The conservative backlash was astounding.
Another example derives from 2009. Glenn Beck made these statements on “Fox and Friends”:
This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture. I don’t what it is. But you can’t sit in a pew with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and not hear some of that stuff, and not have it wash over….What kind of president of the United States immediately jumps on the police-just like what kind of president would ever say “Oh well, yeah, well, he’s black. Of course he was breaking into the house. You’d never do that. You’d never do that. He wanted to address this…
This guy has a social justice. He is going to set all of the wrongs of the past right…I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem. He has a-this guy is, I believe, a racist. Look at the things that he has been surrounded by… Let’s give his new green jobs czar. The guy is again, black liberation theology, a black nationalist, who is also an avowed communist. He comes in and he puts that guy in. Well, wait a minute. How many people with this kind of philosophy do you need to have in your life before we start to say, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
So basically, whenever (some) members of the right-wing see liberals initiating efforts that essentially exclude white people in the name of diversity, they get upset and insist that the left-wing stop utilizing the race card.
But now that they were on the receiving end of the attack, they want to throw the race card onto the table. The #MyRightwingBiracialFamily photographs, to me, scream “I’m not racist! I have a [insert race other than white] family member!” This sentiment is a part of the issue.
2. By asserting their non-racism, conservatives are simply looking more racist — as well as asserting other stereotypes about the party.
For instance, a common perception of white male Republicans is that they don’t like black people or respect women’s bodies. So, as a white male Republican, why on earth would you post a photo of your black wife as a means of asserting a point? Why use her body as a prop? She’s not a paragraph in your thesis! Her person isn’t to be used as proof of something! She is not a prop!
But, as a white male your privilege allows for these thoughts to never even cross your mind. However, privilege isn’t the purpose of the post so I’ll step away from the tangent.
3. Some tweeters are claiming that America is a post-racial society — it isn’t
Oh, baby. There were a multitude of tweets asserting that MSNBC should look past race and skin color in order to see the world for the beautiful color blind place it really is (note: sarcasm).
Racial history is ignored when people make colorblind-esque statements. Racial identity comes with a complicated history and struggle that is invalidated when people say race doesn’t matter. Colorblindness does not negate white as the normative standard. If anything, it reinforces that notion.
Side note: his family is beautiful though! Lovely looking in fact. Definitely my favorite.
4. Saying the tweeter is racist isn’t called for, honestly.
I’m not saying that the tweeter was justified in his or her actions, but calling the person a racist is very farfetched. The policies pushed by conservatives often negatively affect people of color at a disproportionate rate; thus, that’s one place from which the idea that conservatives are ignorant of racial strife is derived.
5. There’s a difference between race and ethnicity