Conservative Multiracialism

Whites are rallying against a black politician in Montgomery, Alabama, for his comments that bashed the intentions of white folks in the state. They’re showing up in force and they’ve managed to win support from local and national media to broadcast their cause… of supporting transracial adoption.

Apologies if you thought the whites in Montgomery were rallying for their interests, or anything else worthwhile.

A black congressman offered a $100K in exchange for whites proving that they could adopt black children in Alabama. Surely enough, conservative whites showed up in droves to show off their adopted black children and demand their unlikely compensation.

What this “protest” reveals is that conservative whites are ok with multiracialism – just so long as it is sold in a form that is appealing to them. Transracial adoption is one of the best ways to sell it, as conservatives are far more likely to engage in it than their liberal friends.

A similar case of conservative indignation back in February showcased this fact.

There was a kerfuffle over an MSNBC tweet that suggested conservatives wouldn't like the Cheerios Biracial Family ad that was broadcast during the 2014 Super Bowl.

A conservative columnist for The Washington Post during this controversy pulled out the little known fact that the statistics show that self-proclaimed conservatives have a higher chance of having biracial families. The conservative media heralded this as some kind of triumph and pounced on the chance to do some "PC Judo". Here are some of these conservative families that were trotted out by the media:

Conservative Family 1

Conservative family 2

Clearly, all of these kids are adopted, as the study noted the high adoption rate among conservatives as the significant factor behind the higher rate of biracial families.

The ultimate cultural item for these people is the film The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock stars as a devout, upper class woman who adopts a hulking black kid from the mean streets of Memphis. He later becomes a star football player and receives a scholarship to play for his adopted family’s alma mater, the University of Mississippi Rebels.

This film was popular among Southern, conservative whites because it showed how one white family could magically transform a troubled, black youth into a star recruit for an institution that many conservative whites care way too much about – their favorite college football team.

And one of the primary reasons why they adopt outside their race is to demonstrate their misguided, “colorblind” belief that they can inculcate their values into non-whites. It’s white paternalism taken to its literal conclusion.

This unyielding belief that all races and ethnicities can be united in an America that will never exist (and will be governed eternally by Ronald Reagan) was encapsulated by conservative “hero” Allen West’s response to the multilingual, multicultural Coca-Coal Super Bowl commercial:

Now, here is my recommendation for what the Coca Cola marketing executives should have done. Coke’s “America the Beautiful” should have been sung in English and showed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen of diverse races, sex, and creed deployed all over the world drinking Coca Cola. If you truly want to show a diverse commitment to service, sacrifice, and honor that enables us to live in “America the Beautiful” that would have been rated the best commercial advertisement of the Super Bowl. And we would be here talking about how we were all touched emotionally.

So, the same commercial, but now in English and we've got the troops defending our freedom singing it.

The real point is that Allen West's vision and Coke's vision of America are both the same. They're both depicting an America without a real culture, without a real people, and without a real identity. One loves multi-culti dances and clothing, the other likes everyone wearing Army green.

But they both represent an America that is no longer a country, but rather a continental strip mall.

This “alternative” vision shows the bankruptcy and rampant contradictions of the conservative view of America. They desperately fight against the notion that the GOP is the white party and hope one day that blacks and Hispanics will worship the legacy of Reagan like they themselves do.

Fat chance.

In the end, the conservative form of multiracialism once again shows how this pernicious idea of white paternalism needs to die as quickly as possible if whites expect to someday fight for themselves.