I frown on generalizations. They are usually dehumanizing and inaccurate. For example, all cops are not “pigs”. Everyone who is favors stricter immigration policies is not a racist.
However, sometimes the origins of stereotypes become painfully clear.
There is a perception among many people, especially people of color, that a segment of the white population that can be crudely lumped together under the “conservative” banner doesn’t really respect “brown” people (to put it lightly).
Would the United States be willing to kill hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq if those on the other side of bullets and bombs had white skin? Probably not.
Is a justice system where young African-Americans are 6 times more likely to end up behind bars for non-violent drug offenses than whites, even though whites use just as many drugs, really fair?
So you can understand where this stereotype comes from. It is usually conservatives pushing these policies that result in what can fairly be called systemic racial injustice.
Although the term “white supremacist” certainly conjures up extreme images, it’s an accurate description of people who, deep down, really do consider the white race to be superior to all others. Now, I certainly don’t think all conservatives are hardcore racists. That would be a ridiculous generalization. However, when a conservative institution like the National Review publishes a cover like this already-infamous image of Sonia Sotomayor — the first Latin@ to be nominated to the Supreme Court — this stereotype is justifiably strengthened.
By portraying a Puerto Rican-American as an Asian… the magazine seems to be implying that the two ethnicities are interchangeable. What’s the difference between folks from an semi-colonized island a thousand miles from Florida and those other brownish people from across the Pacific that we napalmed in the 70’s? Ha ha, get it?
This cover is pretty astonishing. I’m not outraged, because it’s always been obvious that the editors at the National Review are racist, I’m just surprised that they have revealed their ignorance so blatantly. And especially in such a tacky way. I mean, the execution of this cover makes about as much sense as this video…