Richard Cohen is a columnist with the Washington Post, though his latest piece should probably hasten the end of that relationship. In the kind of banal op-ed piece that passes for political analysis lately, Cohen casually drops this bomb:
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)
Really? People routinely look at a white person married to a black person and gag?
(Psst: No, Richard, you should not mention that McCray used to be a lesbian unless it’s germane to an actual point you’re making. You know, the “is this relevant?” test.)
As Matt Yglesias points out at Slate, the “conventional” view on black-white marriage is that it’s fine — 84% of whites approve; 96% of blacks. In other words, despite Cohen’s asinine assertion, almost no one is bothered by interracial marriage.
Except Cohen. Who desperately needs a gag.
Or an editor.