Of course, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is facing accusations of racism and insensitivity for endorsing a white male U.S. representative to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Major Democratic donor Steve Phillips, the founder of progressive group PowerPAC+, slammed the Nevada Democrat’s speedy, public endorsement of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is white, to replace the 78-year-old Mikulski, who announced earlier this week that she is stepping down.
“For Harry Reid to come out and endorse Van Hollen is insulting period,” Phillips told Buzzfeed. “But to do it on the anniversary of the Selma 50th anniversary — to make an endorsement that would make the Senate less diverse — is outrageous and insulting.” Phillips, who is based in San Francisco and is black, was referencing the anniversary of three civil rights marches which began March 7, 1965, in Selma, Ala. A number of politicians are in Selma this weekend attending commemoration ceremonies.
Oh, please. At this point, the only thing that will satisfy the racial-grievance mongerers will be for every white person in America (still the vast majority of the population) to immediately self-abnegate, in expiation for real or (in most cases) imagined sins of their forbears. The only possible answer, instead of groveling, is: shut up.
Meanwhile, the racial nose-counting continues apace:
As Buzzfeed reminds, Democrats’ Senate caucus is even whiter than Republicans’. Both parties have one black senator — Democrats have New Jersey’s Cory Booker and Republicans have South Carolina’s Tim Scott — while the GOP has two Hispanic senators to the Democrats’ one, the embattled New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez.
Memo to Buzzfeed: all three “Hispanic” senators are white Cubans, as opposed to black Cubans. There are such things, you know.
What a disgrace to the noble aims of the civil-rights movement being celebrated today.
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