Jamelle Bouie points how “colorblind” isn’t:
In an earlier era, this same “colorblind racist philosophy” was used to craft laws targeting African-Americans. Rarely were Jim Crow laws explicitly racist, instead, they relied on “colorblind” mechanisms — like poll taxes and grandfather clauses — to achieve the desired, anti-black outcome. Arizona’s immigration law is obviously not the same as Jim Crow, but it’s animated by the same basic idea of “colorblindness” — if something doesn’t explicitly mention race, then it can’t be racist. And the converse is also true, anything that mentions race is de facto racist, even if it’s designed to ameliorate racial prejudice . . . .
(I remember my daddy talking about paying his poll tax. He was white. He could afford it.)
While the Booman describes how the odious Southern Strategy, which the Republican Party created to capture the South, has captured the Republican Party:
Read both posts. And weep along with Lincoln.