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Washington Post Columnist Says NYC Mayor's Biracial Family Makes 'Conventional' People 'Gag' (UPDATE: Cohen Responds)

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Bill de Blasio, Washington Post, Richard Cohen, Americans, racism, bi-racial, politics, government, ethics, elections, republicans, media )

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The Washington Post's ostensibly liberal columnist Richard Cohen set off a ruckus on Monday with his latest column, in which he said that the family of New York City's mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is unconventional enough to be physically revolting to...


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Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:25 pm
Richard Cohen you suck!! - excerpt from article " 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 He is a radical racist!
Thank You Carrie.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:29 pm
Noted. The words that come out of the mouths of some people are absolutely toxic. Whatever happened to "If you can't say something nice, just shut up."? I wish for the day when stuff like this isn't even printed.

Mitchell D (86)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:53 pm
I'm sure there are people in the U.S. who would gag at the sight of a bi-racial couple, just as I'm sure there are people in the U.S. who still believe that the moon is made out of cheese, and that people played with dinosaurs at one time.

. (0)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 10:59 pm
I/m not sure which people he considers "conventional." It's an odd word to use, because anyone could be considered conventional. My guess is he is referring to conservatives and probably only white conservatives, which would indeed make him racist.... against whites. And a nitwit to boot.

Jeanne Young (19)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:07 pm
GAG ME WITH A - - -(fill in the blank) MY word was NOT for our eyes, here , but many Richards are commonly addressed as - -

This guy is not exactly "racist" just as he says - What he ACTUALLY is, is DEMENTED

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:22 pm
Racist Idiot!!! Noted. Thanks, Carrie.

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:32 pm
Ok, I acted too quickly. Sorry. Insensitive to Race Issues. I

fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 12:03 am
Insensitive is putting it muldly. What are the real racist undertones, and message HE's sending. I say fire him Washington Post. This is the first time a reporter has abused his "privileges". There will be a stink from this, just like the time, David, what's his name, called Americans a country of "mutts"...
Speak for yourself, we're all born unique, the same under the skin.
"Racist" attitudes can be subtle, even very subtle, as Mr. Cohen presumably would know.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 12:05 am
too much gagging...correction above: This is NOT the first time a columnist abused his/her privileges.

Lona G (67)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 6:03 am
Ah, yes... the famous American freedom of speech again. Blatantly racist, but hey, what can you do about it?
How about boycotting the Washington Post?

Amitav Dash (87)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:46 am
This is the same douche who writes columns essentially excusing rapists and gang rapists. He needs to be ousted:

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 11:32 am
I liked Zack Beauchamp's piece, at Think Progress, that describes Cohen's "deep simple mindedness and being uniquely odious". Cohen may see himself as a liberal, but his own admission of straying from the orthodoxy and refrain from being a cookie cutter image of liberalism just shows his empathy for the Teabaggers skewed political dogma. Cohen may not be a pure racist or teabagger, but his writings show some affinity to the racists of old; he might simply be a closet conservative Republican, or at the very least, a Blue Dog Democrat. As for Cohen's assertion that he had been "misconstrued", and his Post piece was only "expressing the views of what I think some of the Tea Party held", well , I don't know about you, but there is absolutely nothing I care to understand when it comes to racism and bigotry. At some point, TOO much empathy and understanding for what causes racism and bigotry will give a "pass" to those who feel a right to treat others with disdain,with oppression, and as Cohen himself stated, with the right to "gag" at what they considered to be unconventional.
The fact is, America is a melting pot of culture and races, has been from the beginning and it will be so, till the end. Anyone who questions this fact should just look at their genealogy, and I'm sure their curiosity will be, with certainty, sated. No one is from a pure race, and no one race is superior to another one. Period!

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 2:20 pm
Got a petition notice in email today about removing Cohen...not sure if CREDO or ForceChange. Check with these two first...possibility Sorry don't remember better. By the way, he's a racist religious extremists PUTZ.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 2:46 pm
Outrageous. We are all the same.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:18 pm
yes, it's Credo.
"Tell Washington Post Disavow your editorial's offensive racist and untrue rhetoric about interracial families."



fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:26 pm
Thanks Amitav, for link to petition, signed.

Thanks Carrie for posting.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:27 pm
GGma, there was one through Ultraviolet which Amitav posted, and another through I think either The Nation or the Daily Kos. Then there's one on Care2 in Causes. It's not, or at least it wasn't this morning, and Force Change has one about him but it's old, when he defended Zimmerman. Kos uses Credo a lot so that might be it.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:32 pm
OK, I take it back, there is one on
Still looking, though.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:40 pm
OK, if Kos has one, it wasn't in the "Daily Kos Recommends" email yesterday or today.
The one on Care2 can be found here:
between the article and the comments.

Jeremy S (3)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 6:09 pm
And I'd thought we had gotten away from that kind of thing, in this day and age...

Silly me.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 6:46 pm
In case any have missed the petitions: Cal has link to the CREDO petition at: member/193692282/3672009 on C2. And Angelika has link to UltraViolet petition: Tell The WaPo: Fire Richard Cohen, in Cal's comments. Thanks Joanne for info re: C2 causes, didn't know that one. Thanks Carrie for posting this.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 7:43 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Carrie

Louise D (44)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 2:45 am
I notced racism is starting to come back into fashion in Conservative circles the casual anti-jewish remarks as it is okay because Jews are white and of course they engineered the current financial crisis mentality shows up too. There are people who are so short sighted that they can only see color rather than the person. The article gives an insight into that mentality and is either an unbelievably crass piece of writing or an failed attempt to be ironic. I am going for the former as irony is not usually recognized by Americans as I have noticed on more than a few tmes on this site.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 5:22 am

Rhonda B (99)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 9:34 am
racist idiot

Rehana VN (0)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 10:46 am

. (0)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 10:39 pm
Don't care whether or not they can this liberal nitwit, but his blatently biiased and stereotypical views of "conventional" people sure fit right in with a lot of care2 commenters. And of course using race as the bait to lure in those with less than stellar reading comprehension. His charges of racist views of others have been turned around on him. Fitting perhaps, even if not completely accurate.

Susan Duncan (25)
Friday November 15, 2013, 3:07 am
I'm surprised at Richard Cohen's comments. He never seems to learn since this is not exactly an isolated incident when it comes to open-mouth-insert-foot racial comments. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, possibly his words did not reflect his real thoughts, perhaps aging brain cells betrayed him. I'm surprised that he didn't make a snide remark about DeBlasio's wife being a former lesbian thus cementing his status as an equal opportunity offender. One would think that being Jewish, an ethnic group often the target of ugly remarks, would make him less likely to compete in the arena of racial ignorance. One would think.....

Susanne R (236)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:37 am
"Archie Bunker" needs to get into another line of work --one that doesn't require intelligence or sensitivity.

DORIS L (61)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 10:18 am
Conventional people gag? Call me unconventional then! In 2013 it's time to re-define conventional.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:44 pm
Good posting, thanks
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