"Sometimes I hear people classify Rush Limbaugh as "racist". as much as he irritates me, I would never say that. However, I get where people might think that, to a point.
I think there's a difference between "racism", "race hustlers", "race baiters" and "racial prejudice". and there are varying degrees in all of those.
In my opinion, most decent people harbor some level of racial prejudice even if it's very little or totally innocuous. I also think most decent people detest actual, undeniable racism. (e.g., "stormfront", "new black panther party")
However, race-hustling/baiting is trickier. A lot of media and media-driven personalities are guilty of this, even if they don't see themselves as doing anything wrong. I think Jesse Jackson and Sharpton "hustle". I think Rush and the Drudge Report "bait". and I think they all do it, in part, for self-aggrandizing reasons.
Unfortunately, these "media people" influence public thought, conversation, perception, etc., as much as anything. Jesse Jackson's "hustling" unnecessarily ticks off a lot of fair-minded white people. Conversely, Drudge making "headline news" of the most stupid young black male crime/flashmobs/etc., in the minds of most blacks, often serves as evidence of "white-rightist" bigotry.
I prefer that we all talk through these issues in depth, logically, honestly, seriously, and, without assuming defensive stances. it's a far more logical path to understanding and reconciliation. (end of Net's email to me)
SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN MY ORIGINAL POST AND NET OBSERVER'S EMAIL TO ME IS THE JOHN DERBYSHIRE FIRING FROM NATIONAL REVIEW FOR HIS HAVING PUBLISHED THIS AT ANOTHER MAGAZINE....
HERE IS A FASCINATING REBUTTAL TO HIS FIRING BY MARK STEYN WHICH I HOPE YOU'LL WANT TO READ. THIS IS A MATTER WORTH TAKING SOME TIME, FOLKS....
What do you think of that situation? And .....Do you think things are better since Obama or worse and why? (and how?) Do you think most Americans are not racists?