Deborah Mathis has her undies in a bundle today over what one of my Puerto Rican brothers organized at Roger Williams college in Rhode Island. Hey, back off of my homey you gringa girl.
What has Ms Mathis in a tizzy and dissin' "mi hermano Borinquano"? You see, this young man has committed the ultimate political sin for a "minority". No, he's not in jail. Nope, he's not a gang member selling crack. It's much worse than that. (You may want to take the children to another room...). He's a Republican. And, to add insult to injury, my homefry, my brother, "mi pana" Jason Mattera organized a "Whites Only scholarship". Jason thinks that affirmative action is a crock and is poking fun at the concept.
Ms Mathis is not amused. Political satire is all well and good... but not if you do any sacred cow tipping. And she's going to teach him a lesson. First tactic - adhominim attack, namely belittlement.
Jason Mattera must be having the time of his very young life.
He's been interviewed by some of the biggest media organizations in the country, thanks to his unusual protest - a stunt, really - aimed at a famously controversial policy.
Yeah... he's just a kid goofing around. He's too young to know anything. It's a stunt, nothing more. Well... at least she sets reasoned, lofty tone early!
Mattera and his fellow College Republicans... have targeted affirmative action, although their weapon of choice suggests they don't really understand the policy they claim to loathe.
Yeah, satire, humor and comic ridicule should NEVER be used to lampoon the status quo. Those youngesters just don't have a lick of sense to know that these powerful tools of persuasion should only be used to poke fun at the CONSERVATIVE status quo.
Then she really goes for the hyprocricy angle.
As Mattera explained in the Providence Journal, "I'm making a statement that scholarships should be given out based on merit and need."
Interestingly, Mattera, who has a Puerto Rican heritage, is himself a beneficiary of, shall we say, ethnically aware largess. He has a $5,000 scholarship from the Hispanic College Fund...
Ms Mathis thinks that, because he's on an affirmative action-based scholarship that it undercuts Jason's message. Why...? Because Jason is smart enough to see that there's support to be had and takes it? Hey, I take my mortgage interest deduction on my taxes. I think it's heinous. I'd support a flat income tax with no deductions/exemptions... but it's there, it's legal and I take it because... I need the money.
Next step, yell "Uncle Tom" at the top of your lungs.
Mattera, who is living proof to the contrary, is apparently trying to impress social conservatives that he can out-demagogue them by bathing in his own bigotry, denouncing his own circumstances, while perpetrating - and perpetuating - a fraud about affirmative action.
There it is folks. If you oppose affirmative action, you are a bigot. If you oppose affirmative action and you are a person of color, you're a Tom "trying to impress" the folks in the "big house".
All arguments against efforts to show the central hypocritical paradox of affirmative action are "frauds". Why... because Deborah Mathis says they are. And she's a woman of color, so shut the f$%@ up.
Next... up the ante a bit and hiss "Race traitor"!!!
He gives aid and comfort to those who might take his tan skin or Spanish surname as a flag of inferiority.
Next... deconstruct him:
Or who might think he got into Roger Williams as a favor to some idea about diversity, and wouldn't give him the time of day had he not joined their denunciations and offered his validation. It was, in effect, an affirming thing to do, an affirmative action.
Whoa, man, that's heavy: "...an affirming thing to do, an affirmative action." I don't know that the hell it means... but that is some heavy shit.
Okay Deb... and I know this is a stretch for you... but go with me here... those nasty college Republicans may just have met, liked and found common ground with a young man of principal who happened to be Hispanic and a conservative.
But that simply cannot be. Jason Mattera has to be a grinning-lackey, tap-dancing, smiling and scraping, poser whitey-wannabe. He just has to.
Because, if he isn't... well, then he doesn't fit neatly into Ms Mathis' stereotypes and political agenda. And maybe that is why Deborah Mathis, enlightened big media pundit, feels the need to try to deconstruct and rethorically crush a 20 year old, Puerto Rican college student.
Jason Mattera scares the hell out of her.