Race relations is never going to be an easy subject. Whatever the current state of affairs, someone is always out there either being a real dickhead and ruining it for everyone or someone is trying to parlay something innocuous into being racially charged thus ending all argument on the subject. Are we 100% awesomesauce on loving everyone and being one giant bear hug of friendliness all the time? No. But we’re not horrible at this whole equality thing, either.
Lately, though, the term “racist” has gone from meaning “someone unreasonably prejudiced against someone of another race” to “anyone who disagrees with certain individuals on certain issues central to the Democratic platform for reasons that are not easily and immediately refuted.” Actually, it might be more like, the moment someone say something is racist, it is racist. The moment someone says something is not racist, it is also racist. If you say either of these things, you might be a racist. If you disagree with either of these things, you might also be a racist.
Naturally, some of us look for guidelines on how to actively avoid being called “racist.” Occasionally, the Congressional Black Caucus is happy to provide them.
As for this morning, here are things you probably do that are racist:
- Call Barack Obama “cool.”
- Call him “uncool”
- Question whether he is, indeed, either cool or uncool
- Use the term “cool” in any proximity to any discussion about Barack Obama
- Wear sunglasses
Thankfully, none of those apply to absolutely everyone in America. Oh, well.