I'm not a racist

I just make comments as if I might be one. See links to video.
Associated Press
May 24, 2013

 

It's almost a cliche. First, someone talking about blacks makes reference to fried chicken, watermelon, monkeys or dogs — or even uses the indefensible N-word. Then, along with the inevitable apology, comes the kicker: I'm not racist.

The latest denial is from golfer Sergio Garcia. Asked a joking question about having dinner with his adversary Tiger Woods, Garcia said: "We will serve fried chicken." He later apologized for what he called a "silly remark," then added, "but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."

Perhaps the Spanish-born Garcia was unaware that chicken stereotypes have been used for at least a century to denigrate African-Americans. Maybe he was unaware of attitudes buried in his subconscious mind. As the backlash increased, Garcia did apologize further, calling his remark "totally stupid and out of place."

But by then, he had secured a place on the lengthy roll of people who have offered justifications for statements widely considered offensive.

How can words so hurtful be so easily brushed off? And what does the word "racist" even mean if it doesn't encompass people who use racial slurs?

"I think it's human nature that if you're a racist, you don't want to admit it," says conservative radio host Mike Gallagher.

"If Tiger said, 'Let's serve tacos at dinner with Garcia,' the world would go crazy," Gallagher said. "When a bigot tells a bigoted joke and they get called out on it, the pattern is, I'll say I'm sorry and maybe it will blow over."

The pattern is unmistakable. Said golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, after joking that Woods shouldn't order fried chicken for the Masters champions' dinner: The comments were "misconstrued." Said comedian Michael Richards, after responding to a black heckler with a lynching reference and the N-word: "I'm not a racist." Said actor Mel Gibson, after claiming that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world: "I'm not a bigot."

The phenomenon has been even more pronounced since Barack Obama became America's first black president:

— Montana's chief federal judge resigned after emailing a joke in which a young Obama asks why he is black and his mother is white. The punch line involved a dog. "Although (the joke) is racist, I'm not that way, never have been," Judge Richard Cebull said.

— After drawing national attention for selling an anti-Obama bumper sticker that said "Don't Re-Nig in 2012," creator Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia insisted that neither she nor the sticker were racist. She called the uproar "amazing and entertaining."

— New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was pilloried for sending an email labeled "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal" that showed an African tribesman dancing. His response: "I'm not a racist. I'm proud to have created jobs for hundreds of people of every color and ethnicity."

— Arizona radio host Barbara Espinosa said she "voted for the white guy" and called Obama a monkey. Asked if that was offensive, she replied, "I'm anything but racist."

Clay Routledge, a social psychology professor at North Dakota State University who studies the ways people defend themselves against psychological threats, said they often engage in "self-deception": They may think they're a good athlete, for example, or have an outgoing personality — or do not have racial biases.

"People have narratives about themselves, self concepts, a whole host of attitudes that they want to think about themselves," said Routledge. "A lot of times they match well, but sometimes they don't."

Other psychologists go further. They blame "implicit bias" — unconscious attitudes based on the way racial groups are commonly portrayed in the public space.

Using scientific studies that measure how quickly people associate words like "black" with "criminal" or "Asian-American" with "foreign," these researchers conclude that many people — of all backgrounds, not just white people — are unaware of their own racial biases.

Phillip Atiba Goff, a UCLA social psychology professor, says this may be what happened with Garcia: "He was trying to be funny. In the moment, especially if you're nervous and not thinking, stereotypes come to mind very quickly."

Goff emphasizes that having an unconscious bias does not mean someone is a racist — it means he or she is a human being who has absorbed ubiquitous information.

So, can a person say something racist but not BE a racist? Might people who make racist statements be telling the truth when they say they are not racist?

Goff says it depends on the individual — but that the rush to brand people as racist obscures the bigger issue of the harm caused by their statements.

"Let's have a conversation about why (Garcia) said it in the first place, and why these moments seem to come up so much," Goff said. "We should be able to say, 'You know what, that was one of those implicit bias moments.'"

Whatever they are called, such moments come up every day for Logan Smith, a journalist who runs the Twitter feed YesYoureRacist. He started about eight months ago, after noticing a plethora of tweets starting with "I'm not racist, but."

Some of his favorite examples: "I'm not racist but having a black president is just not smart," ''I'm not racist but black people scare me," and "I'm not racist but I can see where Hitler was coming from."

He said most of the tweets seem to come from teenagers: "They didn't grow up seeing 'coloreds only' water fountains, or civil rights marches in the papers, or apartheid on TV, and as a result, many of them simply don't understand what racism means," Smith said via email.

"They think that unless they're actually lynching a black person or something, they're not racist," Smith said, "because they don't understand things like institutionalized racism or inferiorization, and the historical context of their statement."

Many might not know the ugly history of chicken and black stereotypes.

In the early 1900s, periodicals and postcards commonly displayed images of black people as grotesque, simple-minded "coons" obsessed with chicken and watermelon. From the 1920s to the 1950s, a three-restaurant chain of Coon Chicken Inns was popular around Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland.

So when people associate black folks with chicken, the past often rushes into the present — as in a famous routine by the black comedian Dave Chappelle.

"A lot of black people can relate to this. Have you ever had something happen that was so racist, that you didn't even get mad?" Chappelle said.

He then tells a story about walking into a restaurant, contemplating his order with the counterman, and "before I even finish my sentence he says, 'The chicken!'"

"All these years I thought I liked chicken 'cause it was delicious," Chappelle said. "Turns out I'm genetically predisposed to liking chicken!"

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Jesse Washington covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. He can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jessewash... or jwashington(at)ap.org.

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Comments

vicariouslyAlive

Ok... so let me get this straight... it's now being seen as racist to offer a member of other ethnic groups the meals of their ethnic background?

God forbid I offer a Mexican some fajitas or a black guy some collard greens... but when you offer a white dude a double whopper with cheese you don't see them getting all butt hurt over it...

Racisim is perpetuated by the very groups that claim to be the victims... without racisim they'd have nothing to pin their faults on. "Oh, I can't get ahead in society because I'm (insert race here) and whitie don't like that."

How about this fellow Americans of varying cultural backgrounds, if you're tired of the steriotypes, try not living as one. Try holding down a consistent job and working hard at it. Trynot ppulling the peace card everytime you're reprimanded for breaking a rule or law, and try not being so touchy about things that you literally have to reach a mile for to convince someone that what they said was racist.

Morgan freeman said it best, and I'll paraphrase, in his interview with that guy from 20/20... racisim only exists because we keep talking about it. And its true. We celebrate cultural holidays instead of generalized american ones. We allow grouped like the NAACP to even exist, which is just as racist and exclusive as the kkk, and lastly the news coverage of certain events over other because one could cause a race riot and another won't is just a bigotted as the catholic Jesus being a white guy.... a Mexican American shot a black kid (trayvon saga) the same week 6 black people raped and murdered a white chick jnfront of her boyfriend before killing him too... now why weren't both stories on the national headlines?

If we want to cure racism it needs to be done on all sides, not just white people having g to watch what they say or do. End all ethnically specialized groups. Get rid of ethnically specialized funding, and finally put an end to this era of having to be overly politically correct.

Darwin's choice

+1000

luvblues2

Amen.

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The Hero Zone

Any organization exists to attract those of similar thought, appearance, etc. Gym memberships to churches to (using a recent example here) Boy Scouts are created to serve a specific demographic and facilitate their social (sometimes economic, like a credit union) needs. That group will continue to propagate their factors that allure subscribers as it in inherit in them. A problem they all face from centuries-old faiths to even mega-corps is that of communication.

Conveying your message is easier when you are speaking to others who appear more closely to you. I am sure a Mormon Missionary could go into depth about their experiences going door to door and who is generally more receptive to inviting them than not. I can only speculate, but it would probably be those who already subscribe to a faith or are open to options given certain, dire life circumstances.

That is why it is seen as "more accepted" for two people of similar [variable] to call each other something or another, or to know that they are friends because there is context. I am not sure if Tiger got upset with this other golfer because maybe they actually joke about this stuff on the course. But others who don't have their (presumed) context get offended on behalf of him.

That takes us to the point that an organization can be a xenophobic (to any degree) walled city if they prefer, but much more can be accomplished if instead of a barrier they become a medium through which communication between X group and Y group can be made. While I haven't attended a NAACP meeting, I would presume from even the name of the group that they would serve as such a conduit. If they aren't but supposed to be, then shame on them just as churches are supposedly havens for good people and not bad abusers.

One step we can take as a nation is, as you imply, to tear down the walls of exclusivity. I would be delighted to see February be modified into U.S. History Month. This isn't meant to diminish Black History Month as it is intrinsically tied to U.S. History. But so are the histories of many other groups that deserve study and to see how each intertwine in a tapestry instead of following a single thread.

The modern world has changed so that to be truly good at what you do, you must be knowledgeable in multiple disciplines. Not only does it help you personally, but it also allows you to communicate better with other people.

TL;DR - I get what you're saying, just that there's a bit more to it that is worth including.

Put America 1st

You make some strong points... I do agree with the premises on organizations but to correct you on a few things. Tiger Woods was truly offended by Serigo Garcia ill comments, this is not the first incident with a white golfer offering Tiger Woods "fried chicken" where Tiger Woods found it offensive. You know how you can tell a joke went to far The Hero Zone??? When the other person does not laugh. For the record the NAACP have members that are non-black afterall my family physican is a member.

The reason for Black history month and etc.., is to educate individuals about other people culture, religion and etc., that may not look like you nor worship as you do but share this country as you. Unfortunately people forgot the intention of the gesture adn when we do, we attract some of bigots on this board.

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Dito!

santown419

How is chicken a meal of blacks. I Always see more than blacks eating chicken. I prefer italian myself.

Raoul Duke

VAlive: You did a pretty good job of typing while driving your pickup truck and drinking PBR!

OH-IO

Vicariously Alive no one knew how racist you are until you tried a desparately attempt to defend racism.

The Big Dog's back

Absolutely OH-IO. You don't have to proclaim you're not racist. Your actions and words define you.

vicariouslyAlive

m not defending racism at all. If everyone wants to make things truly equal, then they should be just that. Until no one race has any privledge that is not offered to all races equally then the bigotry simply won't end.

Think of it this way, and I use and example that has nothing to do with race at all to import a small I since of inequality. Women have wanted equal rights for years right? Well one burkg feminist got into a guys face calling I'm all sorts of sexist names and even began pushing intohim. When they guy shoved her back, she tried cclaiming abuse... so why is it ok for women to hit men, but when a guy acts in self defense the woman tried to play the sexist card?

Same thing happens in the race issue. Other races want their equal treatment without having to give up their unequal advantages... it can't happen. As long as institutions like the NAACP exist and publications like jet and ebony magazine are around, equality will never be found.

If all races truly wanted to be equal then they'd give up their unequal advantages and publications and television networks and be held in the same respects as the rest of us. Its not a stripping of their culture or heritage, its a sign of actually wanting equality.

I don't ask for special grants because my family is multictural. I don't see any "hey your familyb background is from somewhere else magizine" that fits my heritage. I don't get any special lawyer when I'm call a honky or beaker, because my family is comprised of both... so when you stop and think about it, the most racist acts committed in society isn't the hate and bigotry, its the ethnically exclusive lrivledges the "minorities" seem to get to enjoy that the rest of america see as unfair. Where's Irish history month? Where's Russian entertajnt television? Where's paisty white magazine? Oh that's right... its racist for white people to have those things...

End the privledges and you'll see the racially charged segregation disappear... because the sad truth is we'll never be equal as long as any race gets any lrivledge based only on the color of their skin. The hate and anger Jo longer comes from ignorance... those days have long since past... the anger now come from the knowledge that the very people claiming to be victims of the system are the largest exploiters of that very same system.

sandtown born a...

What all white collages are available with the caucasion collage fund paying for schollarships ???? There would be he!! To pay if someone tried to start that. I say equallity for all no extras for nobody you want it earn it. This is just a dream we will never see. Racist is a word to describe many people in many races.

SuspectBlackMale

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The Big Dog's back

Spoken by a true racist.

Put America 1st

"What all white collages are available with the caucasion collage fund paying for schollarships ???? There would be he!! To pay if someone tried to start that. I say equallity for all no extras for nobody you want it earn it. This is just a dream we will never see. Racist is a word to describe many people in many races"

Obviously education was not important in your family. Colleges not collage and horrible grammer, if I may prove a point, lack of education leads to ignorance and racism. Thank for letting me use you as an example.

santown419

Black history month is also irish american month.

gene44870

Some people just use this as an excuse to start trouble , If a black man was called the n word by a white man they would be all over them , but let a black man call him that its all good
I am one that dont like to be called anything but my givin name , so I dont call someone else something that they are not
Its in sane the way things work in this world and we all need to respect one another and if we do , theres will be a better world for which we ca n live not to mention raise our kids , which is the next generation .
So what I am tring to say is if you dont like the word start letting people know it regardless of race .And you kids will see it and it might just change thsi world just a little bit for the better, and most of all respect people regardless of race , after all we all bleed red

santown419

Why so many whites stuck on calling people something they know is wrong. just because i hear women call each other B****, C** is it cool for me to do it to women i dont know? Im so tired of just because you have some ignorant people using the n word which by the way is not what alot of people spell it to be dosent give you the right to call me that since i dont use it, If you know its going to cause problems why do it?

Put America 1st

Well said and true. Everyone in this country know what is proper and what is not.

grandmasgirl

I agree that the people who keep racism alive are really more racist than the ones who make jokes, etc. There have always been dumb blond jokes. Are blonds offended? Who really cares? The jokes keep coming. How about the redneck jokes, the polish jokes, the fat jokes? And the list goes on. I have had jokes (and some very hurtful remarks) made about me. Do I let it bother me? No! The only people that things like this bother are people who want to make something of nothing. You can't change how people feel about another. That is their problem, not mine. I just keep plugging along trying to love everyone.

The Big Dog's back

Then we have those who try to equate slavery and brutality with dumb blond jokes. Oh boy.

grandmasgirl

And then we have those that can't move on. They blame everything that happened over 100 years ago for every little thing that goes wrong in their life. Just imagine what this world would be like if every Jew, rape victim, or other victims let the past dictate their future. The sad part of it is that some blame everyone for what others did. I doubt that any SLAVE OWNERS are still alive.

Put America 1st

First a blonde, redneck, fat and etc., can be ANYONE of ANY racist. We are talking about individuals that are disrespect for race, religion, gender or sexuality. Also I have never met a black person who blame a slave owner or a jewish american blaming hitler. The sad part is your mentality leads to racism and ignorance.

OH-IO

vicariously Alive you did it again. The article was well written. Too put up a defense about it means your defending something. Racism.

luvblues2

The article was intended to stir crap in a pee pot. Plain and simple. It obviously worked.

The Big Dog's back

luv, do you think the things the people in the article said were racist?

luvblues2

Some yes and some no, BDb. I was asked by my daughter-in-law if I liked Tosh.0 on Comedy Channel. I was honest and said, "Sometimes he makes me laugh my butt off, other times I want to punch him through the tv screen."

I have also watched Chris Black scream and shout his diatribe as well. Felt the same way towards him.

EDIT: That would be Chris Rock and Lewis Black...They both scream and yell and somehow my mind put them together. :) Both use racist comments in their comedy.

Brick Hamland

I am not racist, but I am big time prejudice. I have beliefs in me that have been geenrated through personal experience in my life and as a result I prejudge others. When I am driving down Columbus Ave, I have encountered on mulitple occasions kids that are walking across the street very slowly despite the light being green. A lot of those times the kids pants are sagging lower and their underwear is exposed. I am not racist, but based on my life experiences I can tell you when this happens 90% of the time it is the same race. When I read about violence in the local newspaper or when I worked in the court system, one race seemed to really dominate the paper or the courtroom. Based on these experiences I live a certain way and have preconceived notions of what to expect when I come into contact with certain races. Those notions may be wrong, and because I can change my mind after that person proves to not be a moron or different from the preconceived notion i have of that race. That is why i am not racist, but i am prejudice.

SuspectBlackMale

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SamAdams

Sorry, I agree with vicarious. Mostly because he's RIGHT.

Sure, I've been known to tell a joke or two involving racial stereotypes. But then I've told more than a few lawyer jokes, too. What's your point? (For the record, I heard a lot of those lawyer jokes from a county prosecutor where I used to live — she LOVED them.) That doesn't mean I'm racist or that I hate lawyers. It's just that, unlike a lot of the politically correct crowd, I still have a sense of humor. (And yes, in case you're wondering, some of those jokes involve MY ethnic background because they're FUNNY. Duh!)

The Big Dog's back

Gee, Who'd a thunk that you would agree with vicarious?

Put America 1st

LMAOO SamAdams I would not be surprise if you was Vicarious. As one of the ignorant bigot that hides behind his computer spewing BS and racial comments on SR (afterall Sandusky Register allows it) who is REALLY surprise you agree with his uneducate rant?!

SuspectBlackMale

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The Big Dog's back

Why tell you. You will just deny it anyways.

KURTje

Mick, Kraut, Hunky, Wop, etc. Who cares? Hate is hate. Good & bad in any group. Its that E-z.

vicariouslyAlive

No, hate is not hate, and you proved a very valid point. You found it not to be a problem to say the derogatory terms that you chose to put down, but one can't help but notice that you seemed to have dodged the n-bomb.... so in your eyes, judgeing by what you put down, you have to respect the the limitations about what you are and aren't allowed to say about black people but feel no remorse for what names a white person from any country is called.... funny how that works...

Maggdi

We all just need to listen to those who are telling us, very sternly... for our own good:

Don't even try to rock the boat!( Damn Tea baggers >:(... It might go VERY badly for you if you do.... ( stupid Tea Baggers :o)....

That way we can all be happy...

obscenity

touchy subject.

I feel the racist comments about the baby being stabbed in sandusky are appalling.

I feel the comments about fried chicken, in this case were simply humor and not meant as hurtful.

Ridiculous. Common sense is not so common these days.

deertracker

I guess common sense is not that common. If it was humor why not say sushi or scalloped potatoes? There is a reason he said fried chicken! Wise up!

Charger85

Can't we all just say the N word without fear of retribution or censorship? This racist website will moderate me for saying the N word, but what if I say honky? or honky honky? or cracker? or caulkie? or gringo? or hick? or hillbilly? or redneck? or opie? Will they moderate me then?

mrite

Apparently not.

Charger85

these racist arseholes

Maggdi

Dude!?! You forgot Ginger and Pinky...
But if you are labeled by our intellectual/moral superiors, due to your caucasian heritage, as the 'oppressor', no holds are barred...

SuspectBlackMale

GREAT POST. Just PROVES that the BIGOTED MODERATORS ENDORSE ALL RACISM that is not directed at BLACKS.

Too bad the Register doesn't pick moderators with enough ethics or integrity to put aside the personal beliefs when deleting posts

Looks like the moderators who leave up all the anti-white racism are really the ignorant bigots

SuspectBlackMale

NOPE. Per the REGISTER MODERATORS only ANTI-WHITE RACISM is not only allowed but ENCOURAGED. Just a shame when disgusting liberal bigots think that THEIR BRAND (REGISTER-ENDORSED) ANTI-WHITE RACISM is the GOOD KIND

Moderators only have to look as far as the CLOSEST MIRROR to FIND A RACIST, INTOLERANT BIGOT

vicariouslyAlive

Its all in the interest of fairness, and I get that, I really do. You just can't go around and try to make things equal on the disparaging end and expect to keep the perks... it doesn't work like that.

Most of the anger these days between races isn't even derived from the original source anymore, wu h was slavery and the way people of many races were treated throughout history... most of the resentment that turns into anger is derived from the special treatment and privledges some races get over others. This kind of stuff happens within races... rich white neighborhoods that rub shoulders with poor white neighborhoods.... that sort of thing... but to create a racially exclusive club and then turn around and call other races racist is blatantly absurd...

I totally agree that most clubs are created out of a common interest, but those clubs rarely hold any exclusions at all, let alone hold any exclusions based on the color of another's skin... I just find it hard to swallow how the NAACP can condemn any group at all about their exclusivity when their group was founded to fight the very exclusions that they promote...

I'm proud to be of mixed races. I embrace Latin holidays as well as the Anglo Saxon ones... but I don't see, nor feel the need for, a Latin american history month...

We will never get past the shirt and anger that the differences the people of the past put into the peace topic if we continue to hold any sort of differences in this day and age. As long as any race recieves any privledges based only on the color of their skin that isn't equally offered to all races from said group we will see disenfion between the people.

In order for us to achieve MLK's of one equal nation we must do away with not only the disparaging aspects between the people of any color, but also do away with the vary causes of inequality themselves.

I'm not angry that black people have BET or jet magazine, but I am angry that their elevated level of hypocrisy tells them that's its ok for them to do it and condemn any other race for doing the same... they're just as racist as they claim not to be... and that hypocrisy is what gets t me the most...

santown419

Why is it you seem to blame racism on blacks? Black history month is also called irish american month. Why do we need a christmas , or why is hanukka shoved down our throats. Whenever it comes for anything we have its always a problem. Why is it you hate the naacp but you dont call out la raza which the naacp does many things with. By your past post you always seem to have a resentmant against blacks.

SuspectBlackMale

I resent the FACT that 12% of the US population, BLACKS, commits 50% of all MURDERS and 50% of all VIOLENT CRIME

donutshopguy

We are all so worried about being political correct with our words. We went through a time when American Indians were sensitive about the use possible derogatory words in regards to mascot names.

But, no one opposed the use of chief. As in police chief and fire chief.

We are a little out of control about words and there possible hidden meaning.

The Big Dog's back

There's a big difference between a "mascot" and the head of something.

deertracker

Agreed!

Put America 1st

Where do people come up with these poor analogies???? lol Man I am cracking up!

obscenity

Here's a classic video, TURN IT UP! "Fry That Chicken". I promise you will like it and start singing along! I've been a fan oh Ms. Peachez for years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r...

KURTje

vicar/alive you helped keep my post up. You should explain that to S.R. They've repeatedly taken my stuff down. "No man can serve 2masters. He will love one and hate the other." Maybe its cause the moon in full.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

The big dog is rasist

The Big Dog's back

I am? In what way?

deertracker

Some of you just don't get it. It is not necessarily the word, it is the context the word is used in. The word "n*gger" is only racist if you intend it to be. Technically it is just slang for "negro" which means black. I personally believe that regardless of your intent with any racist intent from any word, it does not reflect on me, but it does you. All black people and some of my white friends use the word as a term of endearment. Calling anyone a racist term does not mean that is who that person is!

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Agreed, context is everything and any language use only reflects on the user. I am not cowed, impressed, offended, nor awed by a string of profanities; it saddens me that apparently that person can only communicate when every other word is vulgar. I also don't get riled up on behalf of people when dumb things are said about others, but in the context of the store I do keep an ear open for such things. After all, it is ok when one geek calls another a "n00b" or my favorite, a "mouthbreathing grognard". A "neckbeard" is fine, too.

Minuteman

Too many are thriving from the continuance of "racism". The only way to eliminate the problem is to remove all reference to "race". Race is a man made label, apparently skin color defines race, but hair color, origin, and lineage don't. Why? We were taught early on that skin color is only skin deep. So why the division? The same old arguments continue, after 50 years or so, with no headway made in the discussion. We have "race" as the theme in a few high visibility trials going on now, same as OJ, they are stoking the racism fires hoping for a bigger controversy. To remove all reference to skin color, problems will arise. First, those people making a living off of "race" issues will fight tooth and nail to keep "racism" alive. Either monetary gain or power over the other "races" has them locked into a never ending problem. It will always be a problem because it is based on a lie, there is no foundation holding up the belief that color of skin makes you different from someone who has a different skin color. However, reality says it's like the government or IRS, it will not go away. Especially when people are enjoying the fight beteween "races".

vicariouslyAlive

Its not a black against white against Mexican thing. Its a total level of equality thing. As long as any group has lrivledges based on the color of their skin it's just as racist as and segregative as any other racist act. Flat out.

I used the NAACP as the exams because it's the most widely known.

It's simple logic here folks not quantum mechanics.... unfair treatment based on the color of ones skin, whether positive or negative is still racieism.

Put America 1st

Another poor example. NAACP have members from all walks of life try another organization.

SuspectBlackMale

So it is RACIST to post sourced facts. Just a shame when moderators abuse their "authority" to go way beyond enforcing the very subjective rules to delete posts they just don't like.

FACT - BLACKS who are 12% of the US population commit 50% of the MURDERS and are 50% of VIOLENT OFFENDERS in prison.

FBI DOJ report on Homicide Trends in the United States
http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=...
FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

Guess integrity and ethics are four letter words to most if not all moderators here.

There is NOTHING racist about sharing facts from the FBI/DOJ website

Nemesis

Statistical correlations are not racist. However, to cite them in a context where they would be irrelevant without underlying causality is to imply said causality, and THAT is racist.

To acknowledge that blacks are overrepresented among criminals is not racist, but to believe, say, or imply that this overrepresentation is due to something intrinsic in being black is racist.

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thinkagain

I definitely see a trend in the liberal’s issue avoidance tactics.

The most overused word of:
2008 - Racist
2009 - Hater
2010 - Bigot
2011 - Racist
2012 - Hater
2013 - Bigot

Liberals repeat the same stale talking points, hatred, bigotry and racism ad infinitum. Without them, they would have to actually debate an issue and that would require intelligence.

The Big Dog's back

Debate an issue? Yeah, you're real good at that.

Swiftshot

My brother lives in a predominant black community and he can use the n word all the time in a certain context with his black buddies and he is as white as paper. Any other white guy in the neighborhood would get their butt kicked. Having said that, I believe people blow certain things out of porportion! I believe there is more reverse racism. And I do believe The register is stirring the pot. I do believe that the black community sticks together better than a group of whites.

VOTENO

I hate everybody.

Red Baron

These same a-hole call people racist and then refer to redheads as Gingers.
Swap the first G and the N in "GiNger" and what do you get?

Put America 1st

You get a lot of misspelling and a poor attempt at satire

Nemesis

Sometimes people who grew up hearing certain colloquialisms that were common when they were young may repeat them without meaning, or sometimes even knowing, the sentiments behind their origin.

Put America 1st

You are offering an excuse for stupidity. No matter your age or part of the country you live in, we all know what words or comments will start a fist fight.

Nemesis

You've obviously led a very limited life. You'd be amazed what people don't know.

eriemom

If you feel the need to explain why you are not a racist, then you likely are a racist.

In America we have the right to be a racist. We just can't take that same right from others. We also don't have the right to subjugate any race (or religion).

Nemesis

I don't assume anyone is a racist until they clearly articulate an unambiguously racist opinion. However, I've seen the accusation of racism tossed out at people just for telling someone of another race something they don't want to hear. According to Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) one is racist if one votes against raising the debt ceiling.

puffthemagicdragon

Is it still ok to call the kettle black? If so,my day is complete...

Raoul Duke

I'm sure that I'm racist to a degree, but I more consider myself~
an asshole-ist. I think that's self explanatory.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

Racism is here but people use it for their advantage at every turn. I have a so called friend that is a racist and tell bad ethnic jokes and talks badly about non-white people. But guess what. He voted for Obama and you wonder why. Because he works for a school union and thinks that he will benefit from Obama playing the race card for him and his public pension. It makes me sick that ethnic groups are on the same side as my racist so called friend. This has made me feel hopeless in the future of our economy