Interracial marriage and immigration
In politics, The Washington Post's columnist Richard Cohen penned a piece on Christie’s tea-party problem that missed its mark--and that's putting it lightly. Here is the offending passage:
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?)
And here's just a tiny sampling of the reactions this sparked among Cohen's colleagues, nationwide.
- The incredulous: "Is Richard Cohen saying it's 'conventional' not racist, to want to 'gag' when you see an interracial family?" - Adam Serwer, MSNBC
- The sarcastic: "Today's GOP is not racist, it just has to hold back vomit when it sees a biracial family, says Richard Cohen." - Paul DeBenedetto, DNAInfo
- The disgusted: "Could not repress my gag reflex while reading this grossness." - Lauren Hansen, The Week
- The outraged: "Wapo columnist Richard Cohen is a racist and an absolute buffoon." - Jamie Reno, Newsweek
- The ominous: "Richard Cohen just wrote his retirement notice." - Jack Shafer, Reuters
- And the fed-up: "Go home, Richard Cohen, you're drunk." - Josh Barro, Business Insider
Also trending was the quick reply from Ezra Klein, also at WaPo, who summarized what everyone was thinking (and tweeting): "No, gagging over interracial marriage is not the ‘conventional view’."
And in only slightly less racially charged news, here's a story from The Hill on how immigration died (part one!). "I like when reporters take the time to write the in-depth explainers, thanks @russellberman for [the piece]," CNN's Michelle Jaconi announced. "Thanks. I agree!" replied Russell Berman, the article's author. HuffPo's Elise Foley shared from Berman's post: "Gutierrez on House imm. group: 'I think Raúl figured that no matter what happened, we weren’t going to make a deal.'"