As long as we agree that words still have meaning, we can also agree that Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) has no idea what he is saying.
According to Books, reaching out to minorities — that is to improve your standing with them — is actually race-baiting.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said during a radio interview on Wednesday that his party’s efforts to court Hispanic voters amount to “race-baiting.” [...]
“That argument, is playing hand in glove with the Democratic race-baiting strategy, and it has to come to a stop,” he said. “I’m one of those who thinks that it doesn’t make any difference if you’re Hispanic, or you’re white, or you’re Asian, or you’re black, people throughout America want to do what’s in the best interest of America.”
The reason this fantasy color-blind argument doesn’t work is because it demands that you ignore the special circumstances, experiences, and prejudices that minority groups have faced and continue to face. Declaring that your politics are color-blind is to declare that empirical reality does not exist and that you are blind to their problems. To say that you’re color-blind is to say that you don’t care what someone has endured in their life.
But, you know, if you were just a casual observer of politics and the Republican party you might be under the mistaken impression that real race-baiting is what outreach looks like. Watching the party put men like Steve “Calves the Size of Cantaloupes” King in charge of their immigration policy could give someone the wrong impression.
Following the 2012 election the Republican party got together and decided that they may need to do a little outreach if they ever want to win again, but since that time they’ve done nothing but shit the bed.
Republicans are very bad at outreach because they are chronic race-baiters.