Speaking of issues I thought we had long since decided (like slavery, segregation, suffrage, medicinal bleeding, etc.), a poll found a plurality of Mississippi Republicans believe interracial marriage should be illegal. Forty-six percent oppose, 40 percent support, and 14% are "undecided" (as if they've weighed the pros and cons of this timely issue, but still need a few more days to decide). Wow.
It's not just the shockingly retro racism of this (and I do wonder how Democrats would fair), it's the fact that the question asked whether inter-racial marriage should be legal or illegal. I mean, you might be a Small-Government racist who personally disapproves of kids these days who go about miscegenatin'. Okaaaay. Whatever, dude. To find racists Republicans (or in any political party) is about as noteworthy as finding out that NPR might have a liberal bias (not that "the tape" showed this).
But to want interracial marriage to be illegal, to want your supposedly small-government non-racist Tea-Party Republicans to tell Americans who they can and cannot marry is not just unpalatable and racist.... It just doesn't make sense.
Wouldn't it be nice if one of the Republican candidates for President did something as radical as come out unequivocally in favor of the legality of interracial marriage? I mean, even Clinton had his Sister Souljah moment. But who is daring enough to piss off the base? Of course the candidates could release a collective statement, if they didn't want to take the risk of, gasp, coming out individually for the right of interracial marriage.
You know, the Tea Party and Republicans spend a fair amount of time saying they aren't racist. And it's nice that they care. And maybe most of them aren't. But when your Republican party is 98 percent non-black and the majority of your voters in at least one state are racist... you've got to wonder.