In a series of tweets, Ibram X. Kendi, the author of the progressive bestseller “How to be an anti-racist” claims the term “legal vote” is racist.
The term “legal vote” is as fictionally fraught and functionally racist as the terms “illegal alien” and “race neutral” and “welfare queen” and “handouts” and “super predator” and “crackbaby” and “personal responsibility” and “post racial.”
There are so many more terms like this. What did I leave out?
The misinformation of widespread voter fraud—or “illegal voting”—in Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Phoenix where Black and Brown voters predominate is baked into the term “legal vote.” No matter what GOP propaganda says, there’s nothing wrong with those voters and votes.
What makes a term racist is rarely the term’s literal meaning, and almost always the historical and political context in which the term is being used.