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Marco Rubio Repeats Himself 4 Times In Epic Debate Fiasco

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When a politician implodes on national television the way Marco Rubio did on Feb. 6, 2016, the public should see it unedited and without commentary, which is what we have provided in this video. This footage from the Republican debate at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire speaks for itself. So let's talk about the Marco Rubio meltdown from a different angle: tokenism. If there is one thing that people of color hate as much as white conservatives hate affirmative action, it is the use of tokenism to mask systemic racism. After Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, and the demographic changes that inspired a wave of voter suppression also inspired some introspection, the Republican party decided to look for female and minority candidates for future elections. The brightest start to emerge from this nationwide casting process was Marco Rubio. And, while his ill-fated 2016 campaign did nothing to bring the Republican party into the 21st century in terms of policy, let's hope that Rubio's humiliating fall will teach the Republican party a lesson about the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of tokenism. Contrary to the racist rants of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative thought leaders, people of color in America do not like to have doors opened for us just because of the color of our skin. Affirmative action is intended to prevent those doors from closing, a different matter all together. And this is the big difference between affirmative action and tokenism. Affirmative action strengthens work environments and learning environments by adding to the diversity of ideas and experiences that contribute to a collaborative process. It counteracts the tendency to disqualify applicants based on prejudicial standards, and ensures that the alchemy of pluralism benefits our college campuses and our entrepreneurial industries, just as it has our major economic centers for generations. Tokenism on the other hand, is tossing out merit or any other standard in favor of a cosmetic presentation intended to mask the status quo. That is why the knee-jerk tokenism that has influenced the Republican candidate casting process has produced astonishingly mediocre candidates like Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio. If the only qualification is that you are a woman or a person of color willing to memorize and repeat false notions that serve the interests of wealthy white men, well, Marco Rubio is what you get. Rubio is certainly not the only 2016 candidate who has robotically pandered to white racial resentment by bashing President Obama with the same, disingenuous talking points over and over again. But, if the Republican party thinks they are going to win over people of color by recruiting one of our own to do this, they have another thing coming. Tokenism is every bit as disgusting to people of color as it has proven embarrassing to the Republican establishment. Soon, we won't have Marco Rubio to kick around as a presidential candidate, but we will have his disastrous debate performance to thank for putting a stake through the heart of tokenism.