[Note for the irony-challenged: the following post is irony. Thank you. -- The Mgmt.]
I hear there’s a Republican Senator who has been voting against affirmative action . . . but one of his ancestors is BLACK!!!
And he hasn’t told anyone. Worse, he goes around allowing himself to be photographed as a “white” person. While, all the while, he has an ancestor who is BLACK!!!
It’s not the race, it’s the hypocrisy.
[Irony alert ends here.]
The above fictional nonsense makes about as much sense as that Larry Craig deal, don’t you think?
UPDATE: OK, this is too subtle for some of my readers, so let me explain the joke and make the argument in a straightforward way. I’ll do it in the extended entry. If you get it, you can stop here. If you don’t get it, and you need it explained, then click on “more” . . .
If a Republican were to vote against affirmative action, would it make him a hypocrite if someone could show he was truly black? No, because many black people oppose affirmative action.
Similarly, as I argued this morning, even if Larry Craig is homosexual (and we don’t know that), it doesn’t make him a hypocrite to oppose special rights for gays, or gay marriage. Many gays feel the same way.
Given that, if someone were to come out with the spellbinding news that the Republican is BLACK!!! . . . many might say: why do you think it’s so important to say that? You are showing no hypocrisy, and there’s nothing wrong with being black (or gay) — so what’s the problem?