Frank Rich, columnist for the New York Times, can’t wait for whites to become a minority. One reason is that he doesn’t like the way they vote, and when there are fewer whites around, the country will finally be run by the “wise Latinas” and “Civil Rights heroes” he thinks ought to be in charge. But the more you read Frank Rich, the more you begin to realize that he just doesn’t like white people, and he is happy to think they are glimmering away. A columnist for the New York Times would never propose anything so crude as ethnic cleansing, but that is where Mr. Rich’s animus for whites logically leads.
Here is typical Rich about politics and that group he takes such pleasure in calling “a dwindling and threatened minority:”
The conjunction of a black president and female speaker of the House–topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman–would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.
When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan ‘Take our country back!’ these are the people [non-whites and homosexuals] they want to take the country back from. They can’t. . . . The Times reported that births to Asian, black and Hispanic women accounted for 48 percent of all births in America in the 12 months ending in July 2008. By 2012, the next presidential election year, non-Hispanic white births will be in the minority. The Tea Party movement is virtually all white. The Republicans haven’t had a single African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 and have had only three in total since 1935. Their anxieties about a rapidly changing America are well-grounded. [The Rage is Not About Health Care]
Mr. Rich despises the Tea Party movement, of course but since it “resides in the aging white base of the Republican Party,” [The ‘Randslide’ and Its Discontents] it is not a long-term threat.
The same, thank heavens, is true for another of Mr. Rich’s hate figures, Sarah Palin: “The Palinist ‘real America’ is demographically doomed to keep shrinking.” [She Broke the G.O.P. and Now She Owns It] Mr. Rich’s real Americans–blacks, Hispanics, Asians–needn’t worry because “the demographic that Palin attracts is in decline; there’s no way the math of her fan base adds up to an Electoral College victory [in 2012].” [The Pit Bull in the China Shop] Republicans in general are dodos-to-be because there is no way to “avoid reckoning with the doomed demographics of the G.O.P.’s old white male base.” [The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off]
There’s more to it than politics, though. It’s pretty clear that Mr. Rich just wants us gone, and the sooner the better. This is what he had to say about people who thought President Obama was wrong and perhaps even “racist” to say that Sgt. James Crowley had behaved “stupidly” when he arrested Prof. Henry Louis Gates in Cambridge in 2009:
That reaction is merely the latest example of how the inexorable transformation of America into a white-minority country in some 30 years–by 2042 in the latest Census Bureau estimate–is causing serious jitters, if not panic, in some white establishments.
What provokes their angry and nonsensical cries of racism is sheer desperation: an entire country is changing faster than these white guys bargained for.
America is not postracial. . . . [W]e’re just at the start of what may be a 30-year struggle. Beer [served by the White House at the subsequent meeting between Sgt. Crowley and Prof. Gates] won’t cool the fury of those who can’t accept the reality that America’s racial profile will no longer reflect their own. [Small Beer, Big Hangover]
Mr. Rich can’t conceal his glee at the thought of brown people taking over. He wrote this about Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearings:
[T]his particular wise Latina, with the richness of her experiences, would far more often than not reach a better [judicial] conclusion than the individual white males she faced in that Senate hearing room. Even those viewers who watched the Sotomayor show for only a few minutes could see that her America is our future and theirs is the rapidly receding past. [They Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do]
Mr. Rich clearly thinks whites should cheerfully turn over to immigrants the country their ancestors built. Why? Is there something about white Americans that makes them especially deserving of dispossession? Surely not, for that would be “racist.” Mr. Rich must therefore think all countries should be up for grabs.
Europeans should no doubt hand their countries over to “wise Imams.” And Tibetans should just relax; their grandchildren will enjoy being Chinese. Israelis shouldn’t worry about Arab birthrates; being a minority will be fun. Just think: All that unpleasantness could have been avoided if the Hutus had behaved like good white people and let the Tutsis rule them. And since Latinas are so wise, why doesn’t Japan import several million of them and let them run the place?
No, Mr. Rich probably doesn’t think these things. That would be consistent. He just wants to sweep white people into the dustbin. And his employer, the New York Times, seems to think that’s just fine.