Writer Tim Wise has a message for white conservatives: "You need to drink up. And quickly. And heavily. Because your time is limited. Real damned limited."
Wise, the author of race-related books such as Colorblind and Between Barack and a Hard Place, published "An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum" on his blog the day after last week's elections. In it, he mocks white conservatives as "y'all rich folks" drinking champagne and scotch, and "y’all a bit lower on the economic scale" enjoying "whatever sh***y ass beer you favor," and accuses them of wanting to go back to an era of racism and hoping to turn the world "into [their] personal casino."
"I know, you think you’ve taken 'your country back' with this election," Wise writes, "and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise — but you are wrong."
Wise, who is white, goes on to compare white conservatives to "the bad guy in every horror movie ever made, who gets shot five times, or stabbed ten, or blown up twice, and who will eventually pass."
On Sunday, he appeared on CNN to defend his post:
In an effort to present a counter viewpoint, CNN invited newly-elected Congressman Allen West (who's black) to respond. He did, and wasn't too happy:
A summation of their comments is available here:
Read the entire letter here.