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The End of Racism as a Political Weapon « MikeFitz with overflow bit set…

The End of Racism as a Political Weapon

Sat 10 Nov 2012

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You can see it in their faces.  Look at the crowd at President Obama’s Chicago victory speech; there are black faces, white faces, yellow faces, brown faces and every shade in between; with no two dressed alike.

Obama Acceptance Speech Crowd
President Obama’s Acceptance Speech Crowd, Nov 6, 2012  (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Source: Gawker

Now jump to Boston and look at the crowd for Governor Romney’s concession speech; universally white-skinned and sober-suited.

Romney Concession Speech Crowd
Romney Concession Speech Crowd  (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Source: Baltimore Sun (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

I don’t often agree with Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly, but he did let this slip in his election night TV coverage: “Obama wins because it’s not a traditional America any more. The white establishment is in the minority.

I think that the US Republican Party has passed through a one-way trap-door and now cannot go back.  Either they realize that they can never again go to the electorate with an appeal to only white, Christian males, or they remain out of office forever.

Racism, sexism, religious fundamentalism; they are not vote-winners any more.

Change in Australia

The same process is also at work in Australia and the rest of the world.  It’s slower and we have a way to go but we *will* get there.  The target audience for racist slogans like “Stop the Boats” is getting older and will die out.  And don’t fool yourself by saying “Stop the Boats” is not racist.  There’s no way those boats would be turned back if they contained white-skinned South Africans, Kiwis or Poms.

I suspect the Liberal-National coalition might have to take a hiding at the ballot box before they realise racism is no longer a vote-winning tactic.  Building bridges between races and religions (including NO religion) might be a better way to go.

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