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Is Sheldon Whitehouse a Racist or an Anti-racist?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018 (Tom Williams/Pool via Reuters)

This defense of Sheldon Whitehouse’s membership in an all-white beach club is doing the rounds:

Whitehouse’s spokesman has offered a similar line, contending that the senator “has dedicated his entire career to promoting equity and protecting civil rights, as his record shows.”

A good number of people have pushed back against these retorts by pointing out that they are little more than “do as I say not as I do” arguments that give those with the “correct” political beliefs a standing exemption from judgment. And, of course, they are precisely that. What David Cicilline and others are doing for Sheldon Whitehouse here

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