Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love hit prime time again this week, when Washington Post columnist George Will used the specter of her being elected to Congress to bash liberals about the myth of a "racial stalemate" in America.
Thirty-seven-year-old Love, whose parents are Haitian immigrants, is running against Jim Matheson, the Utah delegation's only Democrat, if only in name. Will ominously points out that two-thirds of the voters in the newly created Fourth Congressional District NEVER voted for Matheson—formerly of the Second District—who doesn't live in the new district. (Somehow, it's legal to represent in Congress a district in which you don't actually live—another example is Rep. Jason Chaffetz.)
"In this, one of the most racially and culturally homogenous states, the only uninteresting thing about Love is that she is black. This is not just progress; it is the destination toward which progress was directed during the brisk march to today’s healthy indifference to the fact that Love would be the first black Republican woman ever in the House. Some “stalemate.”
"In March 2008, in the speech ostensibly explaining the inexplicable — his 20 years in the pews of the raving Rev. Jeremiah Wright — candidate Barack Obama referred to 'a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.' Hardly."
Getting national recognition also has its downside, neophyte campaigner Love, along with Matheson, will soon be bashed big-time in attack ads. The Deseret News reports that PACs have bought up $3.6 million in air time to savage the candidates, bringing some swing-state excitement to Utah.
Oddly, Matheson, not Love, may benefit from Mitt Romney's Utah coattails, if only because Matheson, right, is wooden enough (our apologies to wood) in public appearances to pass for a Romney Republican.
Unfortunately, some sort of "stalemate" still holds in Utah County.
Utah Valley Magazine blew the lid off of Utah's myth of homogenity (take that, Mr. Will!) with an article on minorities in 85 percent-Mormon Happy Valley. Mia Love joins two other black women profiled in the article. Also featured is Jason Landau. His ethnicity, according to UVM? "Jewish/spiritual; caucasian" who doesn't mind being asked what ward he belongs to.
Landau is in a very special demographic as a Jewish student at Brigham Young Univeristy. Instructors in his graduate business classes sometime use scripture to make their point. "For me as a Jew, I might substitute 'God' for 'Jesus Christ,' " he says.
And, yes, this is the same UVM that recently made national news with its "Women of Color," featuring its staff of white folk dressed in pastels.