Where Have All the Racists Gone?
As a follow up to Sunday's column, an article from Slate on the curious phenomenon of an America where racism is always claimed to still exist by whites, but in which there are apparently no actual racists (except, of course, for skinheads). While it is true that there are certain "agents of outrage" who are quick to claim loudly (and preferably in front of television cameras) that any criticism of any minority is racism, it is also true that some whites have an almost pathological aversion to calling anyone short of Hitler a racist and recognizing anything less than a full-blown lynching as evidence of racism.
UPDATE: On a related topic, more on the double-standard being applied to Barack Obama regarding Jeremiah Wright.
UPDATE 2: Aaaand more. So which is worse? Someone (Obama) who sticks with his church even when the pastor says things he disagrees with? Or someone (McCain) who not only sucks up to the very Tele-Pharisees he denounced to gain his "maverick" credentials in 2000, but who changes his own religion in order to curry favor with them?
UPDATE 3: And yet more, this time from Glenn Greenwald.