Ross Douthat’s Brown-and-Beige Revenge Fantasy

This week's RightWatch takes aim at a New York Times columnist who imagines people of color cutting off benefits to elderly whites.

Courtesy of the Observer
Courtesy of the Observer

Hertzberg is dead right about Douthat’s polemic. When you strip away its condescending veneer, Douthat’s argument boils down to a claim that in the future, we black, brown and yellow folks will become as stingy and shortsighted as many whites were in the past, when they fought against paying taxes for schools and social programs that they perceived to be benefiting minorities.

There’s not a shred of evidence to support these dire prognostications. In fact, the elderly white people whom Douthat claims to be so worried about are more likely to have their health benefits taken away by budget-cutting right-wingers than by more liberal nonwhites.

This is simply another case of introducing a phony racial angle into a debate to score cheap political points.

Jack White is a regular contributor to The Root.