Monday, September 13, 2004

Colorblind Racism: Blocking the Vote

Bob Herbert has a column today on John Pappageorge's statement that the Detroit vote needs suppressed.

More than 80 percent of the population of Detroit is black. This is very well understood by John Pappageorge, who is white and a Republican state legislator in Michigan. "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote," said Mr. Pappageorge, "we're going to have a tough time in this election."

Oops! Republicans aren't supposed to actually say they want to suppress black votes. That's so retro. It's so Jim Crow. This is the 21st century, and the thing now is to do the dastardly deed, but never ever acknowledge it.


He's still not acknowledging outright that race has anything to do with the acceptability of forming a plan to suppress the Black Detroit vote. So even if this is racism, he's not a racist.* It's just political strate(r)gy right?

Herbert has a number for the Election Protection Coalition: 1-866-OUR-VOTE, in case we see vote blocking going on.

*Eduardo Bonilla-Silva has a book called Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States that seems pretty relevant here.

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