January 22, 2012, 9:58 am
A friend joked about Rick Santorum’s belated victory in Iowa: “Who cares that six more white people in Iowa voted for Santorum.” Of course, Iowa is pretty darn white. Its population is 91-percent white.
South Carolina is not. In fact its population is 66-percent white and 29-percent black.
So how is it that 98 percent of the voters in the South Carolina GOP primary were white? Not to mention 98 percent of the voters were Christian (with 37 percent of those Catholics and 42 percent Protestant).
According to Courtland Milloy over at The Washington Post, the unbearable whiteness of the GOP is not talked about enough given that
those who call themselves Republicans have coalesced around nothing more than their whiteness. What else could it be? Certainly not economic self-interest.
Over at The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes
When a professor of history calls Barack Obama a “Food…