What is the Republican Party of today idea of diversity?
Some will cite the handful of Black, Asian or Latino Republicans, but let’s really think about this. Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Michelle Malkin, Mel Martinez, Colin Powell, Bobby Jindal or even Alan Keyes are often among those mentioned. OK, that’s fair, they are not White Men. But lets add some perspective to this question here. Why don’t we do the same with the Democrats, but that would take too long wouldn’t it?
Diversity is such apart of the Democratic Party that it is not an issue, it is just apart of what it is. Many Republicans have and will criticize the DNC for its racist and exclusionistic past, while ignoring the present and likely future of their own party who practice it today. Your problems will continue until you address and actively change your behavior, policies and language when it comes to addressing diverse issues.
The only diversity the Republican Party appears to have today is only found in the application of its ideology. Everything is black and white with no possibility for any grey areas.
I’m sure someone doubts me, so lets test this statement out to see how well it fits. I’ll call this section “Ask a Republican“.
Ask a Republican how to deal with illegal immigration and you see how diverse their views are on how to handle it.One only has to observe their stance on the issue in Arizona to understand their position.
Ask a Republican about their Party’s position on the Mosque being built in Manhattan (WTC) and they demonstrate how diverse their views are on how they would handle it.
Ask a Republican about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and some will tell you how they feel about diversity and others will question why you even ask.
Ask a Republican about civil rights and many are limited to recalling a Dream they don’t fully understand the context of. Some will have the nerve to say that “It’s the Party of Lincoln, the one who freed the slaves” without understanding the truth behind why Lincoln did it.
I’m not saying there isn’t some diversity in the GOP, but it is now primarily contained in their applications and practices, not so much in membership or policies.
The Republican idea of diversity is also found in their application of accountability. When the outcome is not in the conservative’s best interest accountability is freely given to someone different than them. When the circumstances shows them in a brighter light you see they want to be included, even when it is not entirely or remotely true.
The issue of diversity within the GOP is the reason for why they can not see how race is an issue. Keep in mind that the continuous avoidance of it is apart of the reason for the lack of diversity of ideas, people, policies and political practices. So it should be no surprise to you when we witness their reactions when challenged by diverse issues. Diversity is only found in the list of antonyms of the definition or ideology of a conservative.
Definitions:Conservative 1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change. 2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low. 3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness. 4. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc. Diversity 1. one who favors differences or inclusion. 2. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness. 3. variety; multiformity. 4. a point of difference.
PS: Republicans, I know it hurts but someone had to say it. Curse me if you like, but you will just further illustrate my point 🙂