By Brian Anderson, November 7, 2014.
What? Look at the picture and tell me if you think there’s any way Mia Love’s success is due to her “white privilege.” In a bizarre twist of reality, a black professor is accusing the first black Republican woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives of benefiting from systemic racism and yes, white privilege.
Keep in mind that Mia Love won her Congressional seat this week in a white majority district in Mormon-dominated Utah. She wasn’t swept into office by a black electorate that votes skin color; she was elected because voters felt she was the best person to represent them.
Darron T. Smith, sees things differently. Writing for The Huffington Post, the black professor dismisses Love’s historic achievement mostly because she is a Republican. As a black and a woman, Smith argues that Love is in conflict with her own self-interest by being a member of the GOP and therefore her success cannot be attributed to her own hard work.
In a thinly veiled “Uncle Tom” accusation, Smith says Love only achieved her historic win because she plays the white man’s game:
She appears publicly unhampered by the daily grind of white racism that affects other racial minorities within the United States.
In other words, Mia Love refused to play herself as a victim of racism and instead seized opportunities available to all people. If this white racism is real, how was Love magically unaffected by it? She’s a witch! Burn her!