What Does the Word ‘"Racist" Mean Anymore?

January 20, 2014

“Nowadays, if you are racist, you’re probably a Republican” says TV host Bill Maher, citing Republican and conservative political disagreements with President Obama. In essence, if the right says anything about Obama, it is because he is black. Suppose our next elected presi­dent is Dr. Ben Carson, a black conservative. Is it possible that liberals and progressives will accept all of Carson’s policies and not say a word? If they dis­agree with Carson’s policies, will they remain quiet, for fear they might be labeled racist? If they do not remain quiet, but complain or criticize, will it be because Carson is black? Will the left then be racist instead of the right?

Are black presidents infalli­ble, and if so, beyond criticism? Are black people infallible and beyond criticism? Can blacks be criticized by blacks, but not by whites?

Or are only black messiahs infallible and beyond criticism by whites? I wish I understood the rules of this game.

Do racists change or switch sides, depending on who is presi­dent? Is the word “racist” a per­sonal characteristic, or a situa­tion in time? Isn’t racism a state of mind?

Doesn’t it have something to do with blind hate? How could you possibly know if I hate someone unless you are able to read my mind? What am I think­ing about right now, Mr. Maher? …..uh huh, that’s what I thought.

“Racist,” like “truth,” is dead and meaningless in this society, we are all racists; and being called a racist no longer scares me.

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