It can be shocking, however, when you step back and take a look at just how pervasive this image problem actually is. In a post on the Democratic Underground, Representative Alan Grayson does just that, highlighting how the GOP has become the party of “white Christian Males” in a very real way:
For a five-month period that ends this week, every single elected Republican in Congress was a white Christian.
Let me repeat that: every elected GOP Member of the House and Senate was a white Christian.
Eric Cantor is Jewish. He left office on August 1 last year. Since then, the entire elected GOP caucus, in both the House and the Senate, has comprised only white Christians.
13% of America is African-American. 9% is of mixed race. 5% is Asian. 24% does not identify itself as Christian. 0% of those groups served as elected Congressional Republicans during the past five months.
GOP motto: “We’re monochromatic!” The GOP: Is it a political party, or is it a tribe?
Tim Scott was sworn into the Senate yesterday, and Mia Love and Will Hurd are being sworn into the House today. That makes three elected African-American House Republicans, up from zero. They join 43 African-American Democrats.
Lee Zeldin also is being sworn into the House today. That makes one elected Jewish House Republican, up from zero. He joins 27 Jewish Democrats, two Muslim Democrats, two Buddhist Democrats and one Hindu Democrat.
I’m not talking about 13 years ago, when GOP Leadership Rep. Steve Scalise addressed a racist “European-American” group. I’m talking about the last five months.
The conclusion is obvious: Judging by whom it elects to Congress, the GOP is now the White Christian Party.
And that appears to dictate the GOP position on a wide variety of important public policies: Immigration reform. Affirmative action. Voter suppression. Abortion. Even marriage equality.
Which is a shame. Because pluralism and diversity are uniquely and fundamentally American values. Those are values that should be shared by both parties, and by every party, not just by one party.
Variety is the spice of life. I strive for an America where you can be all that you can be, regardless of where you’re from, what you look like, what language you speak, and whom you love.
Reach into your pocket. Take out a coin, any coin. On it, you will find the Latin words “E Pluribus Unum.” Which means, “Out of many, one.”
That’s my America. That’s America.
Rep. Alan Grayson
Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West, and other PoCs who appear on the political right are little more than a smoke screen; they no sooner represent the GOP than the United States of America represents the GOP. While pluralism, diversity, and multiculturalism are values of the United States of America, they aren’t values of the GOP.
While Americans come in all colors, shapes, and speak all languages and follow all religions or no religion, the GOP does not. The GOP speaks one language, is one color, and follows one religion.
The values of the GOP are not American values, and their caucus clearly shows it.
Theirs are the values of the plantation owners, the slave keepers, and the antebellum aristocrats of the south; the values of the modern GOP, as painted in stark, black and white by their make up, are the values of the Confederacy.