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What do You Have to Do to Be Called a Racist?

 So one has to wonder is a racist defined by his choice of words? Sure Justin Barnett did not participate in cross burnings or lynchings, but the use of this term is more than a poor word choice or an angry rant. We have a Boston cop who writes a fiery letter and refers to Harvard professor Henry Gates as a “jungle monkey”, but he is not a racist. You called a black man a jungle monkey that is not a term of endearment. He says he was venting and he has since apologized for his “poor choice of words”. “The police commissioner put 36-year-old Justin Barrett on administrative leave pending a termination hearing after learning of the slur. Barrett is a member of the National Guard has been suspended from his military duties pending an investigation.” Your words define who you are. Generally you say what is on your mind and in your heart. You can’t put it out there and take it back when you see the response. I am not going to call him a racist, I am just going to say anyone who uses this kind of language at least has racist tendencies, and he is an adult and adults have to be held accountable for what they say. President Obama took some heat when he said the Cambridge police acted “stupidly” in the Gates situation, and even he was forced to reel it back a little. So this policemen is going to have to take it like a man and own up to his own words.