At the Occidental Observer, Kevin MacDonald has an excellent post on MSM intepretation of what the New Yorker charmingly calls the ‘GOP suicide caucus’. (Isn’t that cute! And oh-so-nuanced!):
Always quick to spot a racial angle that they think will put White people in a bad light, there has been quite a bit of comment on the racial angle to the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis. The New Yorker came up with “Where the GOP suicide caucus lives,” the point of which is that the Congresspeople who are shutting down the government are from rural areas where pretty much everyone is White. Here’s where the villains live:
From the New Yorker piece:
While the most salient demographic fact about America is that it is becoming more diverse, Republican districts actually became less diverse in 2012. According to figures compiled by The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman, a leading expert on House demographics who provided me with most of the raw data I’ve used here, the average House Republican district became two percentage points more white in 2012.
The members of the suicide caucus live in a different America from the one that most political commentators describe when talking about how the country is transforming. The average suicide-caucus district is seventy-five per cent white, while the average House district is sixty-three per cent white. Latinos make up an average of nine per cent of suicide-district residents, while the over-all average is seventeen per cent. The districts also have slightly lower levels of education (twenty-five per cent of the population in suicide districts have college degrees, while that number is twenty-nine per cent for the average district)…
In short, these eighty members represent an America where the population is getting whiter, where there are few major cities, where Obama lost the last election in a landslide, and where the Republican Party is becoming more dominant and more popular. Meanwhile, in national politics, each of these trends is actually reversed.
MacDonald quotes from some recent liberal depictions of the Shutdown as signs of covert GOP racism, such as this piece from Joan Walsh (“The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting“), and then notes:
The thing is, I think these comments are basically right. It is about race and has been for some time and getting more so. A theme at TOO is the racialization of American politics. Liberals like Walsh think that they can transform the country by encouraging identity politics for Blacks and other minorities while making Whites an identity-less minority whose only function is to be economically milked by programs like Obamacare and the very generous welfare system. They shouldn’t be surprised if there is some blowback.
It’s well known that people are less willing to contribute to public goods in a multicultural society. This is particularly the case for Whites in America who will be disproportionately contributing to a health care system which will basically be a welfare system for Blacks and Latinos.
As usual, the left ignores human nature. People are generally unwilling to contribute to public goods like government health care when the so many of the recipients who benefit the most are ethnically different than themselves. Liberals wring their hands and talk about how the White working class is not voting its economic interests, but these White people are definitely acting in tune with their ethnic interests, if only implicitly.