I found this flow chart helpful in explaining how the Left arrives at the conclusion that anyone who dares to disagree with the current President of the United States is a racist. As a white Republican, I don't stand a chance, do I?Is there racism in this country? Sadly, yes. Is there more than there should be? Again - sadly, yes. Are some people who oppose President Obama motivated by racism? Of course. Are all opponents of President Obama (or even an "overwhelming proportion," as former President Carter claims) motivated by racism? I don't think so.If all these protesters are motivated by race (and not political persuasion), where were they when Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice held the highest foreign policy office in the country? Conversely, I recall this cartoon by your left-wing hero, Ted Rall, using a racial slur against Secretary Rice from a few years ago(see the middle frame of the top row). When I asked some of my buddies at PTS if they thought Rall was a racist, I was assured that "[t]o not see a difference between not liking Condi and not liking black people is disingenuous."To paraphrase in 2009: To not see a difference between not liking Barack and not liking black people is disingenuous. (The irony is, I like President Obama as a person; I'm just vehemently opposed to many of his policies.)Ted, although we've never met, I feel as if you know me pretty well. Do you consider me a racist for opposing President Obama? I hope not. This knee-jerk reaction of "Racist! Racist!" seems to me to be an attempt to shut down all debate. Having lived in a post-communist country for a year, and knowing what those people had to endure for decades, the idea of freedom of speech is very dear to me. Let's not stifle it.
CT-No, I do NOT consider you a racist. I think you're sort of a throw-back -- a conservative in the vein of Barry Goldwater or William Buckley. I believe you could sit down with a liberal, and come up with a compromise that both sides could live with for the good of the country. I wish good people like you could retake control of the Republican party from the fundies and racists.However, I do believe that many, if not most, of the teabaggers are racists. Just look at their signs and statements.
With that much hate in their so-called hearts, how do these people sleep at night?Seriously.How do they sleep at night?This kind of stuff makes my heart hurt.:(
"With that much hate in their so-called hearts, how do these people sleep at night?"I wondered the same thing, when I saw this...And this...And this.It's a sad commentary on human nature, but what goes around comes around.
Ted, I'd highly recommend James W. Loewen's Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. As a nonwhite American I already knew about sundown towns, but this was enlightening even for me. It will give you a clearer perspective on all this racially motivated hysteria. It's long, but very worth it.The idea that much of the Right isn't seething with deeply entrenched racial animosity is ignorant, ludicrous, and naive. And I say this as a former rightwinger.
Thanks Andrea-I'll check it out.
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