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Liberal Americans are abandoning DEI

Apr 9

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Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have emerged as popular values for many left-leaning Americans. These Americans celebrate certain events, such as Barack Obama’s victory as the first Black U.S. president, as historical achievements and milestones of forward progress over time.

Straight Arrow News contributor Ruben Navarrette worries that these values are eroding on the left, and that liberals are now abandoning DEI. Navarrette cites rumors of dissatisfaction with Vice President Kamala Harris and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to argue that Democrats are abandoning their own alleged virtues and selling out racial minorities.

Sometimes, liberal Democrats really get on my last nerve. And I know why, too. It’s because of how dishonest and cynical many of those on the Left tend to be when dealing with race, ethnicity and people of color. That’s weird, because those issues are supposed to be the home turf of the Democratic Party. Diversity, equity and inclusion, DEI, is supposed to be the native language on the Left. At least that’s how liberals intended for the story to be written. They have a lot of time, energy and rhetoric invested over the years in a prolonged campaign of trying to convince Latinos and African Americans that Republicans are racist and out to get them, dating back to the 1960s, and specifically to the 1964 presidential election and the candidacy of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater.

Democrats have sought to scare up votes by portraying conservatives as being opposed to people of color progressing, achieving and advancing. Lately, I’ve wondered if that’s all wrong. What if Democrats are, when push comes to shove, just as disinterested as Republicans in seeing Latinos and African Americans get ahead and stay ahead?

That’s what I glean from two stories currently in the mix. Both had to do with attempts by liberal Democrats to force out and essentially put out to pasture a pair of history-making women of color in prominent positions whose ascension to those positions liberals were only too happy to brag about and celebrate when doing so served their interests. Now, those same liberal Democrats have decided that their interests have changed. They say the Democratic Party would be better served by ousting these trailblazers and perhaps replacing them with younger and whiter alternatives. The trailblazers are Kamala Harris, the first Black and Asian and female vice president, and Sonia Sotomayor, the first non-white woman and Latina to sit on the Supreme Court.

Sometimes, liberal Democrats really get on my last nerve. And I know why, too. It’s because of how dishonest and cynical many of those on the Left tend to be when dealing with race, ethnicity and people of color. That’s weird, because those issues are supposed to be the home turf of the Democratic Party. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, DEI, is supposed to be the native language on the Left. At least that’s how liberals intended for the story to be written. They have a lot of time, energy and rhetoric invested over the years in a prolonged campaign of trying to convince Latinos and African Americans that Republicans are racist and out to get them, dating back to the 1960s, and specifically to the 1964 presidential election and the candidacy of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater.

 

Democrats have sought to scare up votes by portraying conservatives as being opposed to people of color progressing, achieving and advancing. Lately, I’ve wondered if that’s all wrong. What if Democrats are, when push comes to shove, just as disinterested as Republicans in seeing Latinos and African Americans get ahead and stay ahead?

That’s what I glean from two stories currently in the mix. Both had to do with attempts by liberal Democrats to force out and essentially put out to pasture a pair of history-making women of color in prominent positions whose ascension to those positions liberals were only too happy to brag about and celebrate when doing so served their interests. Now, those same liberal Democrats have decided that their interests have changed. They say the Democratic Party would be better served by ousting these trailblazers and perhaps replacing them with younger and whiter alternatives. The trailblazers are Kamala Harris, the first Black and Asian and female vice president, and Sonia Sotomayor, the first non-white woman and Latina to sit on the Supreme Court.

 

There are those in the Democratic Party who want to give them both a bus ticket out of town. I’ll be it for different reasons, with Harris, who has a lower approval rating than President Biden. And that’s saying something. Many Democrats would like to see her dumb from the ticket because they think she’s a liability, especially since Biden is 82 years old, and questions remain about who would ascend to the White House if he couldn’t complete a second term. Many Democrats are convinced that Harris is not up to the job of being President. They think she wouldn’t win an election with her name at the top of the ticket. As for Sotomayor, some Democrats are worried about the possibility that the 69 year old justice might not live long enough to outlast a second term for Donald Trump, if he were to win in November. They also worry that Republicans could retake the Senate, the body that confirms Supreme Court nominees. They’re thinking about the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer and left an opening on the bench that was filled by Trump. They don’t want that to happen again.

 

Note that in both of these cases, the doomsday scenarios that are keeping Democrats up at night are hinged on the idea of white men failing. Harris’s electoral viability is only an issue because Biden is doing such a bad job of keeping Democrats in the fall to the point where he now trails Trump in most polls. And so so my your seat on the High Court is only in danger of falling into the hands of Republicans, if Biden loses in November, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer can hold on to the Democratic majority. So why is it the responsibility of Harris and Sotomayor to solve these problems for Democrats? And why are liberals so eager to make waste of those who make history?

 

Gee, Democrats, Thanks for nothing. This one way relationship hasn’t been very satisfying for people of color. But hey, we’re happy that it still seems to be working out for you.

 

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