“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.”
Apparently this is not the first time that Cohen has expressed such views according to an on line US petition that wants the paper to
Disavow your editorial’s offensive, racist, and untrue rhetoric about interracial families
This is not the first time Cohen has been exposed for his racially insensitive statements. After Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman, Cohen described the victim as a “young man understandably suspected because he was black.”3 His track record on women and gays is also shaky.4 He referred in print to the Steubenville rape case as a “so-called” rape and has called the behavior of gay men “disgusting.” And in the current column, he marginalizes the New York mayor-elect’s wife not only for being an African American woman married to a white man, but for having had relationships with women in the past.
3:”Racism vs. reality,” Richard Cohen, Washington Post, July 16, 2013.
4:“Richard Cohen’s Extensive History Of Racism, Sexism And Homophobia,” Zack Beauchamp, Think Progress, November 12, 2013.