Bob Collins on the DFL’s potemkin DNC delegation.
It’s very, very “diverse” (in terms of color and orientation, anyway; ideology, not so much, but then it is a convention delegation. Although it might be mistaken for a small university’s English department). Much moreso, indeed, than the state it purports to represent:
You get the picture, but is it a picture of Minnesota? “It’s a good picture of the state of Minnesota,” Gilbert-Pederson said.Several speakers noted the Minnesota stereotype; we’re pretty white and the DFL delegation is meant to explode that stereotype.
But the statistics don’t lie. Minnesota as a state is very white. The DFL delegation is not.
Here’s a comparison of the delegation vs. the latest census data for the state.
Demographic Minnesota Metro Area Outstate DFL delegation White 89.4% 85.7% 95.1% 66% African American 5.1% 7.5% 1.4% 23% Asian 3.8% 5.5% 1.3% 9.1% American Indian 1.6% 1.1% 2.4% 5.5% Hispanic 3.8% 4.4% 2.7% 6.4%
Interesting – although it’s their party, they can do what they want to, and at the end of the day it’s only a convention. They could send a 100% Laotian Lesbian team to Denver to help annoint The One, for all the difference their individual votes make.
And national delegate slots are usually rewards for long-standing service in the party (at least, they are in the GOP, and am I the only one that wants to pants the seventeen-year-old dweeb in the story just on principle?), and the DFL certainly has its workers-of-color. More power to ’em.
But it does highlight not only the DFL’s picayune obsession with race and gender, but indeed, what a bunch of cretins some of them are about it:
Stafford took a shot at Republicans during his remarks. He said the appearance of the DFL delegation in Denver will “contrast with what you see a week later” at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
“What do you mean by that?” MPR’s Curtis Gilbert asked.
“White,” he said.
Taxpayers. Family people. Veterans who’ve served in combat. People who’ve spent years stuffing envelopes and knocking on doors. If you’re a Republican, anyway.
A skin tone trotted out for show and/or ridicule, if you’re a Tic.
I’m happy to belong to a party that doesn’t use skin color as a prop for their facile propaganda.