Why do people dance around this issue? It's a subject nobody wants to talk about because it is, well, uncomfortable. The ironic thing is that those individuals that want to discuss it have no idea when its occurring. Oftentimes these particular individuals will claim "I'm not a racist." It emanates from a deep seated hate. It takes on a life of its own. There are those out there that don't even know why they are racist. Of course, you have the Hatfield/McCoy Syndrome.
"I hate Jeb Hatfield because he's a no good snake in the grass."
Then there are others who feel they have an historic justification for their ongoing antipathy. Whatever the case is, racism is a nasty business. To reiterate, it makes everyone in the room squirm in their seat.
Recently, Governor Bob McDonnell declared that slavery was not a relevant part of the Confederacy. Further adding kerosene to the already burning fire is Pat Buchanan. Pat Buchanan is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. Why am I not surprised? Mr. Buchanan also is a Republican. What else is Mr. Buchanan a member of? I'm not going to call Pat Buchanan a racist, because it would be far too obvious. That's right he gets a pass, because in polite circles that allegation would be considered irrational. I would then have to be categorized as nothing more than an angry black man. The only thing that I am angry about is that jokers and rascals like Pat Buchanan actually have a medium to peddle their wares.
Mr. Buchanan, as well as the governor of Virginia would make me a lot happier if they just came out and admitted that they really have no use for people of color.
What is that song? "They smile in your face, all the time they want to take your place, the back stabbers.
I own property in Virginia. Eventually, I plan to settle there permanently. I am going to take a wild guess here. I bet you dollars to donuts that Pat Buchanan is a resident of Virginia. In fact, my research shows that that is the case. You know it would be very easy to call Mr. Buchanan a racist, because the evidence that he is is overwhelming. Let's look at a few examples.
"White people have built this country." This is one of my favorites considering my ancestors were laying on the couch watching MTV while this country was built.
Let's look at some others shall we.
Mr. Buchanan calls Bork and Scalia "real scholars" and "tremendous minds" and says Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor hasn't risen to their level, alleging that she is an Affirmative Action hire.
There are countless other instances of Mr. Buchanan's draconian opinions, but I will spare you the gory details. First, let me preface my remarks. Intellectually I realize that all Republican and conservatives are not racists, just like I realize that there are probably some Democrats out there who are racist. I have several dear friends and, yes, family members who are Republicans. I know these individuals to be fair minded and not racist.
I notice something when I turn on the boob tube and see Mr. Buchanan's grizzly mug plastered across my 65 inch television. The caption underneath says MSNBC Political Analyst. Why don't those nice people at MSNBC change the caption to say MSNBC Resident Bigot ? That way, maybe I will be able to rationalize why Mr. Buchanan has the opinions he does. I'm smart enough to know there is racism in this country and that there are racist people. Believe it or not, it doesn't bother me as much as you think because I also realize I have to live with it. What I have a problem with is when those individuals use certain political affiliations, groups or even country clubs to hide behind their racism. Somehow this seems unfair, because it is a misrepresentation. Maybe it's a way to be racist without really being racist.
If you hate people of color, just say so. I will probably respect you more.