Biden Has Embraced Multi-Ethnic Future; Republicans Not So Much

Trumpian ‘Patriot Party’ will be more pro-white nationalist than GOP

Gen. (rtd.) Lloyd Austin is Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. He will be the first African-American to hold the position. (U.S. Central Command)

A few years ago, I was at my brother’s 50th birthday party in Los Angeles. I looked around at the party-goers. There were several Nigerian immigrants, Black Americans, Latinos, a few white people, an Indian immigrant and his American-born son named after a French soccer star, and several members of L.A.’s large Armenian community. It looked like the United Nations and it was beautiful. It reminded me why I moved to California. It’s times like this that make the awful traffic and the sky-high rent worth living here. My brother also pointed out that most of the kids in his daughter’s class are bilingual. His daughters speak English and Russian.

The author (purple shirt) at his brother’s 50th birthday party. The picture features people of Russian, American and Nigerian descent. (Photo by Manny Otiko)

America is trending brown

It’s also the future. Everyone knows that trends start on the coasts and move inwards. The personal computer, companies such as Lyft, Uber and Facebook and hip-hop music are examples of trends birthed on the coasts. Even the coronavirus started on the coast, before spreading out across the nation. California used to have the highest numbers in the country, now that’s been topped by Texas.

In a few decades, the country will achieve majority-minority status, where there will be no dominant ethnic group. This trend has already happened among newborns. The majority of children born now are not of European descent, according to a 2016 Pew Research survey. And the growing number of People of Color (POC) is changing electoral politics.

Some white people can’t believe it when POC rise to high-ranking positions. They automatically believe they must be unqualified. PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor ran into this during her interactions with Trump supporters on the campaign trail. In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Alcindor said a Trump supporter remarked, “Well look at you, you’re a Black girl, how could you get a job at the New York Times?”

President-elect Joe Biden gets it. He served as vice president to Barack Obama, the first president of African descent. And his vice president is Kamala Harris, who is of African and Asian descent. Georgia and Arizona both flipped blue because of the growing power of Latino and Black voters. Biden is on track to form the most diverse cabinet in history, including people of European, African, Latino and Native American descent. In short, a cabinet that looks like America.

People of Color must be unqualified

But some Republicans have met Biden’s plans with hostility. A Facebook “friend” (I since deleted him) made the ridiculous claim that Biden was hiring ethnically-diverse people who weren’t qualified. However, his Sec. of Defense nominee Gen. (rtd.) Lloyd Austin has the same rank as former Defense Secretary Gen. (rtd.) James Mattis. Also, Trump’s administration was chockful of unqualified people such as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who served as senior advisors even though they had no political experience. And Education Secretary Betsy DeVos never worked in a public school and was hostile to public education.

But that kind of comment is reflective of a deeper problem. Some white people can’t believe it when POC rise to high-ranking positions. They automatically believe they must be unqualified. PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor ran into this during her interactions with Trump supporters on the campaign trail.

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Alcindor said a Trump supporter remarked, “Well look at you, you’re a Black girl, how could you get a job at the New York Times?” He also complained about the number of Black people moving into his city.

However, the Republican Party doesn’t seem to appreciate the changing face of American politics. For a brief moment, after they lost the 2012 presidential election, Republicans held an autopsy to figure out what went wrong. One of the findings of the autopsy was the realization they had to reach out to POC. However, all that went out of the window with Trumpism, which embraces white nationalism.

Doubling down on white nationalism

But other GOP legislators readily embraced Trumpism. One of them was former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa,) an early Trump supporter. King, who mused about why the term “white supremacy” was a bad thing, was hostile to Congress’ increasing diversity. When confronted with the most diverse Congress in history, he remarked: “You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men.”

King’s open racism revolted the people of Iowa, as did his caucusing with European neo-Nazis. After meeting with Austrian neo-fascists, he said, “If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans!” King lost a runoff earlier this year. And the GOP was relieved to see him go since he had become a liability. Republicans must realize that their lack of diversity and flirtation with white nationalism makes it difficult to win national races without resulting to electoral skullduggery.

The Patriot Party?

However, the future looks rocky for the GOP. Trump has almost $500 million from his shady Political Action Committee at his disposal. And with that much money and clout, he can still be a force in Republican politics. His children have also made noises about running for president in the future. And some of the other 2024 candidates, such as Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, are neo-fascist Trump clones.

But some Trumpists are upset the current GOP isn’t pro-white nationalist or conservative enough. According to Second Nexus, they’re threatening to form the ironically named “Patriot Party” that would be more Trumpian.

“We need to destroy the Republican Party & certainly Democrat party…We need a political party, called the Patriot Party. If you embrace liberty and freedom,” according to a Twitter user called “Davidthebaldguy.”

But the future of electoral politics is a multi-ethnic coalition featuring representation from all groups. And I don’t see that in the GOP or the “Patriot Party.”

Biden cabinet: ‘Record amount of diversity’ on Biden’s cabinet: Analyst (YouTube)

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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