In this past weeks confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Senator Lindsey Graham started the White (Male) Identity Politics party off right:
“If I had said anything remotely like that, my career would have been over.”
“To the argument made by Thurgood Marshall that a majority may not deprive a minority of its constitution right, the answer must be made that while this is sound in theory, in the long run it is the majority who will determine what the constitutional rights of the minority are.”
That was part of the infamous memo the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote. Beside having a racist ring to it reminiscent of another deceased Chief Justice, Roger B. Taney — who stated that “[the black man] had no rights which the white man was bound to respect” — Rehnquist quote is unmistakable: White people’s views, perspectives and opinions should (*my bad*) WOULD not only dictate the rights racial/ethnic minorities have but the Constitution itself, or a justice’s fidelity to the rule of law, would not determine the matter. Now place that up against the backdrop of Rehnquist’s much alleged racism and then come up with a reasonable rationale why he was allowed to serve a life sentence as a Supreme Court judge in this country with the kind of racist history we have. This makes me want to question the Gore v. Bush voter disenfranchisement issues all over again.
And then you have Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and a whole line of White men who had long careers in federal government well after their clearly racially problematic statements or actions were known to the public. Just the list of the usual suspects should be enough to put this “If White man had said…” nonsense to rest. I mean, with White men like Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and even Trent Lott who left the Senate on his own accord, years after his loose-lips slip of the tongue incident. Hell, both Alito and Roberts had question marks regarding their racial views but they were not charged with subscribing to White (Male) Identity Politics.
And, seriously, a country that only in recent history did away with WHITE ONLY policies, customs and practices and still those problems, in Philadelphia at least (*sarcasm*), and to act like its women and “minorities” who are the ones into identity politics is as big a lie as Pat Buchanan citing to Civil War battles (and ignoring the recent House bill passed to acknowledge how slaves built the Capitol building) as evidence that “This has been a country built basically by white folks.”