Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Race Card, The Religion Card

"I don't see how a WHITE, MORMON REPUBLICAN is a good representative for a working-class district that's mostly made up of minorities," That's what Leslie Reynolds-Benns gave as her reason for running against Carlton Christensen for Salt Lake City Council District 1. So, by this reasoning, should we assume that Leslie supported Senator James Evans, a BLACK MAN, over Fred Fife, a WHITE MAN? In fact, according to Leslie's genious political theory, someone should fire James Evans from his current spot as the democratically elected chairman of the Salt Lake County Republicans. As a BLACK MAN, he clearly doesn't represent Salt Lake County Republicans who happen to be overwhelmingly WHITE. Wait a minute, who would (by virtue of their race and religion) properly represent District 1? Would a HISPANIC CATHOLIC do it? What about a BLACK BAPTIST. What about a HISPANIC BAPTIST or a BLACK CATHOLIC or a WHITE CATHOLIC or a WHITE BAPTIST or an ASIAN AGNOSTIC? Answer: Whomever the distric elects. That's Carlton Christiensen, twice. We should elect our representatives for their judgement and ideas. It is very dangerous when we elect them based on religion and race. I know it happens, but for a candidate to step up and declare them actual campaign issues is a very big problem.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many people say Bill Clinton was the first 'Black President' the sense that he was sensitive to many of issues important to black voters. To say you don't represent a district because you are white, Mormon, and Republican is closed minded and just unintelligent.

If she is interested in representing the district then how about talking about the issues most important to the constituency!? Come on...lets have an intellectually honest debate centered around the core issues and not demographics.

5/26/2005 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

According to this profile on, The Reverend Leslie Reynolds-Benns has a Ph.D. in Counseling, a Master’s degree in Applied Theology and is a certified Spiritual Director.

I suspect that with qualifications like those, she likely doesn't spend a lot of time down with the people in the "working class".

For someone so highly educated and spiritually enlightened, her comment doesn't seem to be very smart. This sort of talk is what makes the "anti-Mormon" stereotype so easy to pin on any Democrat running in this state.

Is there a source for that quote? I would love to email her and ask for clarification on exactly what she meant by that.

5/26/2005 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

sorry, I left out the reference on accident. It's the same Deseret News story that is used in the "partifying post" just above this one. That link will take you straight there. Also, thanks for the research. That's an interesting bit of info you provide.

5/26/2005 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger steve u. said...

This really is a fascinating issue. Three things grab me immediately. First, the astounding, unmasked bigotry and racism behind the statement. Though it should be jaw-dropping in any situation, it is amazing that in this case it is an intentional statement from someone calculating she will gain an advantage by making it: very sad situation, if she does. Second, it is very interesting that the media largely shrugs off the statement, suggesting it's not a very big deal. As you and others have pointed out, it would be a very big deal, if a few of the adjectives were substituted. Third, the reverend is white. Well, didn't she just say . . .?

5/28/2005 02:28:00 PM  

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