What is a “Congresswoman of color”? How does she differ from a plain old “Congresswoman”? Are the duties, rights, and responsibilities different?
Terms like “Congresswoman of color” are generally used by people who come from mono-chromatic worlds – whether that world is an all Somali-neighborhood in Minnesota or a Palestinian enclave in Michigan. You can tell such places by the flags they fly. If a neighborhood flies a flag other than the American flag it’s a good chance you have wandered into a mono-chromatic world.
See, Americans are a mixed people. Ethnically and racially – as was often pointed out by the great Harlem Renaissance poet Jean Toomer. A Quaker, Toomer knew that Americans were a “people of the word” – what sets us apart are the words in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Our freedoms make us who we are. After spending many years traveling, Toomer lived and mentored in Doylestown, Bucks County, where he died in 1967.
Those who think in terms of “people of color” and who are obsessed by the tint of one’s skin are almost always themselves racialists. Wikipedia notes that “Racialism is the belief that the human species is naturally divided into races, that are ostensibly distinct biological categories.”
The philosopher W.E.B. DuBois argued that racialism was merely the philosophical position that races existed, and that collective differences existed among such categories. DuBois held that racialism was a value-neutral term and differed from racism in that the latter required advancing the argument that one race is superior to other races of human beings.
Of course, science has largely erased such arguments. Aside from some genetic correlations in the incidence of diseases in this subset or that, the idea of “racial identity” that is forced down every American child’s throat, that haunts our society in everything from census forms to employment applications, is entirely a political construct. The American idea of “race” is nonsense and calling people “racist” is a nonsense game. The actor Morgan Freeman got it right…
Enter Alan Steinberg, house “Republican” for a far-Left insider blog financed by some rather unsavory government vendors. Steinberg longs for the days when the NJGOP was run by rich, so called “blue-bloods” (a mixed caste that claimed it could trace some measure of its history back to America’s colonial masters). Unfortunately for Steinberg, all the rich “blue-bloods” are today Democrats, which is why Steinberg is such a decidedly anti-Republican “Republican”. Like the writer Stefan Zweig, he longs for a lost monarchy, his queen, in exile.
Alan Steinberg is a racialist. He embraces the concept of race as central to our political, academic, economic, and cultural discourse in America. He wants to elevate it to the center of all things, a thing that does not exist. In some ways, Steinberg is like Donald Trump, who is also a racialist, albeit a tongue-in-cheek one. Who can take half of what he tweets seriously? How much of it is designed to arouse – like the comedic entertainer – simply for the pleasure of it. Steinberg however, is very serious. He applies heavy meaning to his racialism.
So do his allies in the Democrat Party. As do those radical Democrats he claims he doesn’t like – Ms. A.O.C. and her posse. They are racialists all.
Alan Steinberg is deeply troubled by President Trump’s most recent taunt to Congresswoman A.O.C. and her… wait for it… fellow congresswomen of color, that they “go back to where you came from”. Of course, they all came from here, from the America of made-up racial and ethnic “identities”. All from mono-chromatic worlds. Fake worlds, with flags from other places that are meant to impart some sense of false nationality, irrelevant to the place in which they actually live. But fly them they do, in these make-pretend “colonies” that unwind and break-up as those within them meet, fall-in-love with, and are absorbed by the real place, by the nation that is, by America.
But as Steinberg fumes and pouts, it is funny to remember that – once upon a time – America really did send people “back where you came from”. And for the most part, they could in no way be described as “people of color”. Most of these people where Nazis, war criminals, and America was more than happy to use the words “go back to where you came from”. Wikipedia notes:
“According to a February 2, 2011 release from the United States Department of Justice, since 1979, the federal government has stripped 107 people of citizenship for alleged involvement in war crimes committed during World War II through the efforts of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). An unabridged 600-page Justice Department report obtained by The New York Times in 2010 stated, ‘More than 300 Nazi persecutors have been deported, stripped of citizenship or blocked from entering the United States since the creation of the O.S.I.’ The Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that five such denaturalized men could not be deported as no country would accept them, and that four others had died while in the same situation.”
One wonders: With Governor Murphy’s Sanctuary State directives and the unwillingness by many Democrats to in any way question an asylum seeker’s claims, how many sometime war criminals (or just plain violent criminals) will we be holding similar proceedings on some decades from now? Stay tuned…