Racially insensitive expressions seem to be the name of the political campaign game for 2016. At least, for the republicans. As if Donald Trump’s vomiting Anti-Mexican sentiments all over his supporters and rally goers isn’t bad enough, now the other GOP candidates are following his lead. Rand Paul recently lashed out with his racial whip – targeting none-other than the America’s original Natives…
In a recent interview with Laura Ingraham, the two were discussing the topic of “separatist” minorities. Ingraham blasted liberals support for Jeb Bush’s choice to speak Spanish at his campaign rallies. But Rand wouldn’t take the Mexican bait. No. His crosshairs were set on another minority — one that has been violently and irrefutably oppressed by White America since its “discovery”.
Here’s what he said: While discussing the importance of assimilation he commented that all Native American’s problems stem from not assimilating to our culture. “If they had assimilated, within a decade they’d probably be doing as well as the rest of us. But instead, [through] seclusion and isolation – we took their land and we put them all on small quadrants of land.”
Yeah. Right… Because Native Americans should have adapted their rich cultural history to match that of their guests: the Europeans. We were here, on their land, eating their food, and pillaging their resources and it was their fault they didn’t “assimilate” to us. Otherwise they’d be sipping lattes and purchasing stocks&bonds like the rest of the civilized world. Savages.
When the Democratic National Committee heard about Paul’s insensitive comments, they issued a statement criticizing him for his lack of cultural awareness and knowledge of Native American history.
It’s a sad age when America’s presidential candidates need to out-do one another’s racist comments just to get media attention. Do you ever hear Donald the Trump talking about actual policy? No. Did the republican primary debates really illustrate a distinction between the GOP’s potentials? Not that I saw. This time around, the GOP is trying to fuel their campaign solely on ignorance and prejudice. It’s a mad game. And dammit America, if we let them bigot their way into the oval office then WE are the losers. All of us.