…and thus not entitled to the same consideration that a good liberal should provide to European or Mestizo Hispanics. Hey, don’t look at me: I’m not the one making the dang distinction.
Toure, a liberal MSNBC analyst, argued today that George Zimmerman is Peruvian-American, not actually Hispanic, and that Republicans “are in their mansions because they don’t care” about the black community or black-on-black crime.
Toure explained that Republicans are “talking about black-on-black crime to block the conversation around a Peruvian-American, not a Hispanic, a Peruvian-American shooting a black man.”
Bolding mine. This event is not unique, of course: it happens in every society that’s heavily stratified on racial lines. You have one social class, which has a particular perceived racial makeup; and you have another social class, which is of a another particular perceived (and also perceived as being inferior) racial makeup; and in-between you have a social class that acts as a go-between for the first two. Some members of the third class share the genetics of the primary two ‘races’; others are technically of the ‘inferior’ race, but have been elevated to keep them out of trouble. No matter why they’re there, members of this third class are inevitably the most hard-nosed about racial differences: to the twin points of creating numerous sub-categories of race, and absurdity. This, of course, is to protect both the master class’s social standing, and their own. We saw this behavior in the plantation-era American South; we particularly saw it in Creoles of New Orleans; and we certainly saw this everywhere that used to be called “New Spain.” And now we’re seeing it in the field of rabid progressive punditry!
Imagine my shock.
(Via Hot Air Headlines, I think)
PS: I’m the wrong person to ask about how to resolve the problem. I’m a Republican: our basic reaction to seeing this kind of oppression has been, historically, to take the biggest stick we can find and start beating the oppressors with it until they stop. I don’t know whether that’s the most… thoughtful… response to make here, though.