This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of being a racist and was herself accused of being a racist by AOC.
Pelosi portrayed the President as a racist over his efforts to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census. Pelosi said, “This is about keeping — you know, ‘Make America’- his hat? Make America White Again. They want to make sure that people — –certain people are counted. It’s really disgraceful and it’s not what our Founders had in mind.”
The next day, AOC accused her of being a racist. She said, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
What does it mean to label an opponent a racist? It used to describe an individual who believes their race is superior to all other races.
The current definition of a racist, according to the Urban Dictionary, is quite a bit broader. “Mentioning race in any way, not being totally politically correct, supporting your race, being white, telling a racist joke, judging by hair color, disliking something someone likes.”
It’s evolved into a tool frequently used by the left to end, and win, a debate by the claim of higher moral ground. It’s become a knee-jerk reaction among Democrats.
The problem is, through overuse (and abuse), it has lost both its meaning and its power.
I saw an amusing gif about “playing the race card.” It said, “Your race card has been declined. Do you have another form of argument?”
This is what you reap when you play identity politics.
One trait I especially admire about Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is his ability to quickly separate the wheat from the chaff in political situations. Here’s the message the outspoken, and wise, Congressman sent to Nancy Pelosi on Thursday.
“Madam Speaker, welcome to the true nature of identity politics – where you’re accused of being racist for no reason at all, and where intellectually lazy insults are used against you as a way to replace substantive debate of your argument or idea.”
Madam Speaker, welcome to the true nature of identity politics – where you’re accused of being racist for no reason at all, and where intellectually lazy insults are used against you as a way to replace substantive debate of your argument or idea. https://t.co/3z6PyPQoR1
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) July 11, 2019