- Post 18 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
Speaking on a panel in Stony Brook, NY, Mr.Fletcher discussed his views on how absurd it would be for any poor white people to support the Republican candidate but if they do, there must be underlying racism involved.
Mr.Fletcher began his commentary on Romney support by asking:
“How is it that economically precarious whites can see in Romney a champion?”
The former SEIU employee asked again in disbelief:
“How is it that economically precarious whites can look at Romney?”
Fletcher then began a confounding rationalization, agreeing that whites might feel disenfranchised by Democrats but should never find political solace in conservatism: ”I understand the disappointment in the Democrats — but why Romney?”
“I mean you can be disappointed in the Democrats and move left but moving right? Into this fools paradise, is something we have to grapple with.”
The former AFL-CIO employee reasoned that to explain Romney’s poor white support you have to consider race:
“You can’t have a discussion about class in the absence of having a discussion about race.”
Fletcher ended his explanation by defining that white people require separation from people of color to feel “middle class” and use this separation as ”a place to escape to, to differentiate themselves from this dark sphere” of minorities.