Rush Limbaugh, Not Really That Surprised, And The Word Minority

Monday, June 01, 2009

In a previous post you heard me talk about Sonia Sotomayor and some of the quotes I loved that I heard from her, and while it's obvious what she's saying - that being a person of color allows you to see the other side of the coin in a way that being a white male can't - leave it up to Rush to go on the record to say this:

Here you have a racist – you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist.

And the [liberals] of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well, those days are gone because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he’s appointed one.”

She’s not the brain that they’re portraying her to be. She’s not a constitutional jurist. She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire, and she has put down white men in favor of Latina women.
I actually get a laugh when old white guys feel so threatened that all they can do - because they realize they have nothing else to stand on - is shout at the top of their lungs the new white battle cry of "reverse racism".

And even though we all know "reverse racism" doesn't exist - can't exist - in the same pejorative way people like Rush use it (and especially in this case seeing as how their isn't even a hint of racism from Sotomayor's words) it's almost as if they think that if they say it enough it'll actually be true and that this "reverse racism" they speak of will somehow hold the same weight as the years and years of institutionalized racism and white privilege that still haven't lost their grip and will continue to have repercussions for years and years to come (see compound interest on both wealth and power).

At the same time - I can't help it - but I do really cringe when I sometimes hear white people use the word "minorities" because when they say it - it just sounds dirty and repugnant with a hint of extra disdain - which coincidentally is also why I actually don't use the term that much anymore - because while it doesn't always sounds like they're saying "I think brown people suck" - honestly - a lot of times it really does.