On demographic symbolism

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“Yeah, I have to tell you eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

—Wayne LaPierre, discussing Obama and Hillary Clinton, apparently

This is a critical lapse of logic I often see in racism, and sexism, and a lot of other -isms. LaPierre notices that Obama is a demographically symbolic president. An accurate observation! He notices that Clinton would be demographically symbolic. Again, true! Somehow it doesn’t occur to him that a white guy being president would also be demographically symbolic. An (until recently) unbroken chain of white guys, stretching back two hundred years: the symbolism is staggering! But LaPierre misses it. He has been trained to miss it. We have all been trained to miss it.

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