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Black Republican Denied Membership in Congressional Black Caucus; Is He Suffering from Too Much “Whiteness”?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am

The Hill:

A Black House Republican member is allegedly being blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as one of only two Black Republicans in the House.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and his staff have reached out to members of the CBC multiple times, but Donalds’s spokesman Harrison Fields said in a statement to The Hill that “all we’ve got is the cold shoulder.”

A source told BuzzFeed News that the caucus was blocking Donalds’s membership.

I think I see the problem here: although having black skin, Rep. Donalds likely has too much “whiteness” on account of being a Republican. And that’s a problem, as our Academic Betters are quick to inform us. Let’s look at the abstract from a thoughtful academic paper on the topic titled “On Having Whiteness” by Dr. Donald Moss, described here as “a white man who is a faculty member of both the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.” As you will see, Dr. Moss describes whiteness as “a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility” — but I betcha Black Republicans are at pretty high risk of contamination as well.

Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples. Once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions. Such interventions can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites—to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages wreaked by the chronic condition can function either as warning (“never again”) or as temptation (“great again”). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.

One can only conclude that Rep. Donalds’s racially incorrect views signify his having been exposed to this dread malady. One can certainly understand the reluctance of the Congressional Black Caucus to be infected!

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