In the comments to a long, inaccurate attack on those who consider Palin evidence that the conservative movement is trending stupid, Darleen Click claims that those who point out the extreme whiteness of Palin supporters “reveal a great more about [themselves] than Palin.” Because such people notice race at all, they’re insufficiently colorblind and therefore more racist than Click, who merely advocates creating and maintaining structural inequalities that disproportionately affect people who just happen to not be white.
Set aside for a moment the fact that Click labors under the delusion that noticing people of color is more racist than harming them and remember that 1) the figure she defends, Sarah Palin, is using her publicity tour as a prelude to a 2012 presidential bid launch, and 2) candidate Palin is posting photographs of the people she meets on her Facebook page, meaning that these are not images produced by a liberal media elite out to make her look like her appeal is limited to white people but images she and her people have decided should represent her mass-appeal on a mock-presidential bid launch. Time to play “Count the Non-White People”!
- Image #1: 0
- Image #2: 0
- Image #3: 0
- Image #4: 0
- Image #5: 0
- Image #6: 0
- Image #7: 0
- Image #8: 1 (a mall security guard)
- Image #9: 0
- Image #10: 0
- Image #11: 0
- Image #12: 2 (but only one identifiably of her own volition)
In all those photographs, there is one non-white person who can be positively identified as having come of their own accord. To Click, pointing out that Palin’s own handlers consider her appeal limited to white people makes me a racist. Over in the increasingly diverse place known as the United States, this is why people like Click should hunker down for a long run of political disappointment.
Update. Over at my place, one of Darleen’s flock attempts to prove me wrong by being racist.
Update 2. Someone should tell them to quit digging.