BuzzFeed’s Race Baiting
BuzzFeed does what liberals often do, reduce serious arguments to race.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) July 11, 2013
Subtle right? No need to deal in complexities but no one expects much more from Team Listicle.
Of course this only goes one way. You’ll never see a headline like this at BuzzFeed or anywhere (nor should you because a policy position shouldn’t be reduced to the race of a Representative or their constituents):
Lawmakers Who Really Oppose Food Stamp Reform Come From Really Black Districts
But if you did, you’d see a link to this Congressional Black Caucus Statement.
On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Americans we represent, we oppose devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urge you to consider our strong opposition to any SNAP benefit cuts as the House Agriculture Committee reauthorizes the Farm Bill. More than 46 million needy Americans depend on SNAP for nutrition. Families with children account for nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants and more than 25 percent of SNAP households include seniors or people with disabilities. As the conscience of the Congress, we will not allow the budget to be balanced on the backs of the poor and most vulnerable.
Jobless, homeless and hunger rates continue to increase. These rates are disproportionately higher in urban, suburban and rural communities where minorities and low-income Americans reside. SNAP is an essential lifeline for these Americans and others struggling to make ends meet.
We urge you to consider this letter and the people we represent as you reauthorize the Farm Bill. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not the program to cut at a time when Americans across the country are in considerable need.
And then there’d be a cutesy graphic showing that some members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who really don’t want to see Food Stamps cut (wink-wink) represent districts that are overwhelmingly black (nudge-nudge).
Now this is from last year and some of the district/Representatives may have changed somewhat (like Jackson Jr and Steve Cohen wasn’t allowed to join the CBC because he’s white) but you get the idea. I’m not spending time finding something more up to date because it’s an idiotic notion and I’m just trying to prove a point about BuzzFeed’s dive into racial politics. Maybe someday I’ll get that crazy LolCat money and hire a hack to do my Google busy work for me but until then you see the point.
So yes, it’s true some amnesty opponents come from white districts but that alone doesn’t account for their opposition. Of course BuzzFeed will say they never claimed it did. That’s true. They are just counting on their barely literate audience to make the connection. No doubt they will.
Long live the tyranny of the low information voter and racial arsonists!