Newt Gingrich expressed surprise over the weekend at the ugly feedback he received over his praise of Nelson Mandela. Gingrich apparently still doesn’t understand the monster he helped to create. James Antle at The American Conservative has a great summary of Gingrich’s position and what it says about the conservative movement:
The right tends to have one of two responses to figures like Mandela abroad or Martin Luther King, Jr. at home: suggest their radicalism is more important than the struggles of the people they championed or to try to claim them as conservatives. Neither approach will do.
The lack of empathy many white conservatives feel toward communities of color may not be the only barrier between the right and minorities. But it is an important barrier.