Liberals have made everything about race. This latest example is beyond comprehension. Most often charges of racism are made when a liberal is losing the debate. While it’s a personal attack – an ad hominem – it’s also a red herring, a way to divert attention away from the substance of an argument.
Here’s the latest, not to be the last, example:
“During a heated debate over an Indiana ‘religious freedom’ bill, a Democratic representative took the opportunity to accuse the child of one of her colleagues of racism.
“The child is an 18-month-old toddler.
“Rep. Vanessa Summers, who represents Indianapolis, took to the podium to question the bill’s sponsor about the impact of the legislation.
“After that, she brought up an exchange she had with Rep. Jud McMillin, a Republican.”
The charge of “racism” was made based on a single meeting with McMillin and his very young son.
“‘I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color and that’s horrible,’ Summers said, to groans.
“‘It’s true,’ she insisted.”
By the way, something like this needs to be discussed privately. The fact that the charge was made in a political setting seems to me to be a clear sign that there was an attempt to gain some political advantage.
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Every person has had experience with being rejected by a child for any number of reasons. I have seven grandchildren, and they are all different. It takes time for our oldest grandchild to warm up to a person, especially strangers, and even to some family members he hasn’t seen in awhile. As he’s gotten older, he’s gotten much more open to new people he meets. His younger sister is just the opposite. She’s friendly toward everybody.
A friend’s granddaughter took a year or more to warm up to her own grandfather!
Summers “urged McMillin to ‘introduce your child to some people of color so that he won’t live his life as a prejudiced person.’”
Here’s what Summers said to the Indy Star in defense of her comments:
“Referring to the toddler, she said, ‘He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried. And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared.’”
McMillin said that his son reacts the same way with anybody new he meets. “He buries his head in his dad’s shoulder. Whoever it is, it’s what he does. He’s an 18-month-old kid; he’s in a new environment up here in the place like the Statehouse but doesn’t know anybody. I honestly don’t remember anything out of the ordinary.”
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He added, “It’s just incredibly unfortunate. You’d like to think that we would have professional discussion on the House floor and certainly be able to avoid having 18-month-olds in the discussion.”
Race has become a political trump card. Fortunately the other legislators weren’t buying Vanessa Summers’ claim of racism.