RACE IN POLITICS
Bill de Blasio
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man. Opposing opinions are welcome, they are wrong, but welcome, and please no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!
Even though we have an African-American (look, from here on I will say Black…the AA thing is just so long) President, and a few Black Senators and Congressmen, we still have racial issues in this country. There is something going on in New York City, however, which I find very interesting. I think it is good, but in some way it might be a reverse discrimination type thing.
The Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio is a White man (see, I don’t say Euro-American) who is married to a Black woman. There was a time in politics where a member of an inter-racial union would never be considered for office. In years past, there has probably been more animus toward inter-racial marriage than other racial prejudice in this country.
Has Bill de Blasio tried to hide his inter-racial marriage, first in the primaries and then in the general election? Candidates don’t often highlight their wives and children when running for office, so Mr. de Blasio would not be faulted for not making his inter-racial marriage known.
Instead of hiding what in years past might have been a liability for a candidate, Bill de Blasio highlights it. His campaign ads feature his bi-racial son. Just in case it is not clear that his son is bi-racial, his son sports the biggest afro I have ever seen…bigger than those hairdos that were so popular in the 70’s. In fact, the only things I could tell you about Mr. de Blasio from his ads are he wants to end the police “stop and search” tactic, and his son has a giant afro.
Dante de Blasio
Clearly his political analysts have determined that in today’s world, in New York City at least, being in an inter-racial marriage is a plus.
I don’t know much about Mr. de Blasio’s positions or his politics. He is well spoken and seems like a capable legislator. I have no vote or real interest in who becomes the Mayor of New York, so I have done very little research on the candidates.
Part of me finds the obvious posturing with his Black wife and bi-racial children (apparently to win liberal and Black votes) rather than concentrate more on issues, to be a little offensive. Another part of me thinks how far we have come in this country that a White candidate would find his inter-racial marriage to be a positive in a run for Mayor. It is so much of a positive that it is the cornerstone of his campaign.
All in all, I think it is a good thing.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management...Mrs. Cranky.