On Friday night, November 18th, 2016, U.S. Vice-President Elect Mike Pence went to the Broadway play “Hamilton.” In spite of being a paying customer like everyone else, not only did he get booed by the audience, but preached to by the lead actor — Brandon Victor Dixon — from the stage at the end of the play. (H/T NewsWatchCanada). See also this link with video.
Dixon’s message? “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights….We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Such arrogance! Pence goes out with some family members for a relaxing evening to watch a historical play and he is booed and trashed. Some tweets that I saw related to the matter said Pence had the abuse coming to him because he was a public figure.
Talk about dehumanizing someone — the very complaint liberals have against conservatives. Which makes me wonder what happened to the “love trumps hate” mantra?
Anyway, let’s look at Dixon’s statement. I interpret his “diverse America” phrase to refer only to people of color and minorities (including those in the U.S. illegally). Has it not occurred to Dixon et al that maybe all those whites out there in the interior of the U.S., particularly white males, you know like those who voted in droves for President Elect Donald J. Trump, don’t feel included?
We conservative Canadians understand liberal arrogance and the “we are the only ones who have the correct values.” Our current Liberal PM Justin Trudeau, who the mainstream media got elected a year ago after trashing former Conservative PM Stephen Harper day in and day out for ten years, travelled around the world after the October 2015 election telling anyone who would listen that “Canada is back.” Back? From where? What everyone knew, however, is that Trudeau meant the “Liberals were back.”
Anyway, my point to compare this U.S. electoral issue to a Canadian context is the similarity of the role of the media calling, implying or hinting that conservatives are not only nasty people, but racists, misogynists, homophobes, xenophobes, Islamophobes and bigots.
Not true, any of it, at least for most conservatives, and we are fed up with such negative stereotyping. I mean, when voters are beat up because they voted for Trump, they were afraid to put up a Trump election sign for fear of vandalism, or were afraid to even admit they supported Trump, it is the liberals who have a diversity problem, not conservatives.
In fact, in my opinion, the crux of the matter is that conservatives are actually more inclusive than liberals because to us, the concept of diversity actually encompasses everyone — including white males, college educated or not, and Christians.
Endnote: This is what tolerance sounds like — Pence responds that he wasn’t offended by Dixon’s message at Hamilton play.