Here A Racist, There A Racist, Everywhere a Racist, Racist…sigh.

RacistThere is one word that covers all of your bad habits and sins. Everyone is using it. If you cannot tolerate another’s opinion, religion, creed etc., simply call them a racist. It is multipurpose. Pretty soon the word will be on an infomercial–it slices, it dices, it cuts to the core, because no one wants to be a racist.

Sitting around the picnic table at the family reunion this past Labor Day, my cousins and I decided unanimously that we were all racists. Not in the traditional way as denoted in the definition below, but in a new way.

1 :  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2:  racial prejudice or discrimination

rac·ist -sist also -shist noun or adjective

Any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended. See also ethnic group; sociocultural evolution.

Since those on the Left have deemed “racist” to mean “independent conservative”, I am redefining the term as follows:

We think for ourselves and believe what we research, not hearsay or lame stream media drivel.

We raise our children to do the same.

We are Christians and we stand up for our beliefs. We do not hate, but we make decisions based on fact. We do not resort to name calling when someone muddies the water around us with the facts.

If you disagree with the current administration, you are a racist.

If you try to have a conversation with a liberal and you disagree with them, regardless of the facts, you are a racist.

What follows are three encounters with “racist” accusations, none of which were valid in any way.

First, my co-worker once informed me that the Tea Party admits to being “wholly racist”. He told me that “their spokesperson” (whoever that might be) said that their only goal was to “impede Obama” and “not allow him to accomplish anything during his presidency”.  When I asked him for the “spokesperson’s” name–as it was my understanding that the Tea Party was a group of like-minded people without any specific hierarchy–he promised to look up the quote for me. I am still waiting.  Of course.

Another “drive-by racist” accusation (literally) occurred when my neighbor was driving up our street in her car. A small child of about 5 years old was playing in the street. He just happened to be African American. My neighbor lightly tooted the horn so he would know she was coming through.  Immediately, all the children in the yard with him began calling her a racist.

And finally, my best friend, who is also a vet, recently returned to school. He was in a class discussion about world government and he mentioned that a certain third world country was a “Banana Republic.”  One young man was offended by the phrase; he felt that it implied that the people were thought to be monkeys and ate bananas all the time.  Of course, that is not the definition of a Banana Republic, but my friend was called a racist by the young man for the use of the phrase.

We all have to stand up to this new intolerance of the freedom of speech.  In order to do this, we all need to lose the fear of being called a racist. If you think for yourself without hating others, you are guilty of no crime and in today’s world, you are simply a pilgrim in an unholy land. As a conservative, I have been in this situation my entire life and it is not so bad; at least, you have the luxury of knowing you stand for your beliefs and principals.

Candace Hardin

Georgia PolitiChick Candace Hardin lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Western North Carolina. She has been greatly influenced in her writing by the culture in the Appalachians. Candace attributes her love of words to her Mother, who taught her to read at four years old. She is the creator and publisher of the literary magazine, Bohemian Renaissance, a magazine designed to launch emerging writers to publication, while providing good literature and art free to the community. Candace is 100% fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin. She loves dogs and spending time with friends and family. Visit Candace's website: http://kandisays.blogspot.com/

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