OK, Someone Help Me Out Here!
Every now and then, a conservative will make an argument that sounds perfectly legitimate, even if they’re being a jerk about it. Allen West (R-Unstable) has made just such an argument about the tanning salon tax:
“You want to talk about something that’s really racist? They have a tanning tax,” he said. “I’m not tanning.”
I’ve made this same argument about things conservatives have said or done. If the result of your actions are overwhelmingly detrimental to a race, then it doesn’t really matter if you intended it or not, your actions are tinged with racism. For example, Ron Paul’s insistence that the Civil Rights Act is wrong because it takes away business owners’ “freedom.” The CRA, in part, makes it illegal for business owners to discriminate on the basis of color. Repealing it would overwhelmingly impact minorities in a negative way while causing Caucasians almost no inconvenience at all. Ron Paul’s stance it racist whether he like it or not (hint: he doesn’t mind at all).
So, since there are few people of color that need a tanning salon, the tax is, by default, overwhelmingly levied against us pale skins. Is he right? Am I missing something? It falls in line with my own thoughts on this kind of thing. It’s like placing a tax on medicine for Sickle Cell Anemia which only affects African Americans. The idea that Allen West and I agree on anything at all gives me the heebie jeebies.
And what is it with conservatives and tanning booth problems? I remember when Palin got flack for having one in her house. It was one of the few times I had to defend the poor dingbat. Alaskans need to tan to make up for the weak sunlight that far up north. If you’re a busy (half-term) governor and you can afford it, why not have one at home instead of interrupting your busy schedule to go to a salon? For the record, I’ve never used a tanning booth and my dermatologist would murder me if I did.