The GOP Is All About Minority Rule

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Among the 47 jobs I held in college—back when tuition was almost reasonablewas a gig with the U.S. census. As part of the job, I walked around Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods, knocking on doors and asking the inhabitants how many people lived there, how many bathrooms were in the house, and other random questions that constituted the worst ice breakers of all time. I wrote their answers on my clipboard and then moved on to the next nonplussed resident.

My job with the U.S. census lasted for only a couple of months. Some of the other jobs I had in college were cafeteria worker, phlebotomist, press release writer, and test-tube washer.

In any case, my total contribution to the most recent census was filling it out and marking “Latino” in the ethnicity section. But that must have made an impact. 

Because the 2020 census revealed that “Latinos drove the country’s demographic growth,” accounting for over half (51.1 percent) of the nation’s population increase. The Hispanic population grew by 23 percent since the last census, and we are now 18.7 percent of the U.S. population

Strangely, despite the fact that almost one out of every five Americans is Latino, we remain virtually invisible in national government, corporate leadership, and Hollywood movies. But I’m sure that’s just an unfortunate oversight that will correct itself.

Yup.

Regardless, while the census was good news for Latinos, the numbers showed that “in contrast, the country’s white population is shrinking and aging.” These demographic changes have motivated a calm, rational discussion about the country’s future and the evolution of American culture.

Of course, “calm” and “rational” to a conservative means “we haven’t started shooting yet.” As predicted, right-wingers are shrieking, wailing, and spitting out threats in response to the surge in the Latino population. 

To no one’s surprise, the Great Replacement conspiracy theory, once an “obscure and unfamiliar concept,” is now an “idea that is moving quickly from the fringe to the GOP mainstream.” Basically, the Great Replacement holds that ethnic minorities are actively trying to eliminate White people. It is an “explicit accusation that immigrants are here to steal the very essence of America and replace it with something foreign.” The Democratic Party is supposedly helping with this slow-motion genocide because it wants to “replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World.”

So you and I might view the natural growth of an ethnic minority and the gradual decline of a White population as nothing to be afraid of. It’s just modern America, baby.

But a White baby boomer sees the destruction of his entire species at the hands of a swarthy invading horde. And he is just not putting up with that.

You see, possibly the biggest difference between conservatives and progressives is “whether the traditional social hierarchy where white Christian rural men are at the top still exists, or whether it should exist, or whether we need to do more to dismantle it.”

And one method White conservatives are using to preserve this odious status quo is voter suppression. We’re talking about laws designed to keep ethnic minorities from voting, and the rigging of state election boards

Even more effective is the old ploy of gerrymandering. Check out my home state of Wisconsin, where the Republican-led legislature has created an electoral map that favors the GOP in more than 60 percent of the districts. Now keep in mind that Wisconsin is a blue state that went to Biden.

Of course, the chief protector of White political power is the Electoral College, which greatly favors White rural voters over urban ethnic minorities. This structure will not change any time soon, because “for a century now, the machinery of redistricting has favored rural Whites,” and with the census results “reinforcing the idea that White, rural Americans are under siege, it seems unlikely that lawmakers in Republican states will want to rebalance the system.”

But with each passing year—actually, each passing daythe demographic power of the Republican Party fades, and “it seems equally unlikely that an increasingly urbanizing, multicultural nation will continue to accept being governed by an ever-smaller White, rural minority.”

So what happens when the breaking point is reached? Will it be something as dramatic as civil war and the dissolution of the country? Or will it be as mundane as constitutional amendments and legal challenges?

No one knows. But the current situation cannot hold. It is just a matter of time before a radical change occurs to our culture and our politics. 

That day, in whatever form it takes, is indeed coming.

 

Featured image: Murals at Chicano Park in San Diego, California (kellinahandbasket/CC BY 2.0)

So who is Daniel Cubias, a.k.a. the 'Hispanic Fanatic'? Simply put, he has an IQ of 380, the strength of 12 men, and can change the seasons just by waving his hand. Despite these powers, however, he remains a struggling writer. For the demographically interested, the Hispanic Fanatic is a Latino male who lives in California, where he works as a business writer. He was raised in the Midwest, but he has also lived in New York. He is the author of the novels 'Barrio Imbroglio' and 'Zombie President.' He blogs because he must.

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