How Do You Spot a Racist?

Racism used to be easy to spot. In the 1950’s and 1960’s signs supported legalized racism. Colored only and White only signs were prevalent throughout the South. In the face of integration of the University of Alabama in 1963, Governor George Wallace stood at the door of the school and defiantly said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” There were no gray areas in this statement. You knew where he stood and his own words defined him as a racist. Times were simple then, but in 2016 we are puzzled by the kind of political conversation we are hearing. Wallace was ultimately defeated and visual symbols of racism were eliminated. Laws were changed and racists were vilified, America seemed to be ready to go in a more progressive direction, but in this election season we are witnessing the rebirth of the racist candidate. The problem is no one wants to be branded racist even when their own words indict them. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has attacked Mexicans, Native Americans, Women, even the current President of the United States all while receiving more primary voters than any other Republican nominee. So if the candidate was awarded and celebrated for his tone and words during the primary why would he change that tone when he enters the general election? So what happens when this candidate attacks a judge who is over his civil case? The GOP candidate who promises to build a wall between our country and Mexico and says the judge of Hispanic descent can’t fairly judge the case against him because of his ethnic background. So by virtue of being Hispanic he is incapable of being fair to the presumptive nominee. This kind of thinking and speaking is the definition of racism according to the Republican Speaker of the House. So is the nominee rebuked? Are his supporters demanding that he backpedal regarding this offensive attack on the judge? It is interesting watching them try to support him while trying to distance themselves from his more incendiary remarks, but is that really possible? How can you position yourself as fair, rational and non-racist when you still grant tacit support to someone who repeatedly goes beyond the pale when characterizing his opposition? This is the risky strategy that the Republicans are trying this year, and only time will tell if it will actually work, but I still believe if it walks like a racist, talks like a racist it’s a racist, and a racist should never be the occupant of the White House.

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  • elogam  On June 16, 2016 at 6:07 am

    There is a difference between insensitive and racist. Someone who says “many Mexicans are lazy, sell drugs, rape and commit crime” is being insensitive. Someone who says “Mexicans are lazy, sell drugs, rape and commit crime” is probably a racist. Trump has said many insensitive things, but I’m still waiting for a racist comment. Paul Ryan said that the definition of racism is to say someone cannot do his job BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE. That’s probably the closest thing to a racist comment we’ve heard from Trump. He’s since walked that back and he should be given some credit for doing that. I have said many times that I wish the GOP had a better candidate. After 8 years of Obama, this election was ours to lose. Unfortunately with Trump it looks like we just may do that. I do not want a President Hilliary. She is a liar, a crook, a panderer, and has a history of throwing minorities under the bus. Her husband, while trying to secure the support of Senator Kennedy, said of Barack Obama “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee!” Kennedy was shocked and at that moment decided to support Obama. Now, was that comment racist? Not necessarily. He didn’t say ALL black senators should be getting them coffee. But it sure was insensitive. Tell me again why Bill is so beloved in the black community?

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