As usual I'm trying to figure out things at a basic, fundamental, "Can you Break-It-Down For ME!" kind of level. So, I was wondering... Just how can you tell?
In light of the Rush Limbaugh Fiasco with soooo many people saying that his comments may have been "racial" but not "racist", I want to know exactly how do you know when somebody is. (Note that plenty of Whites feel that mentioning race equates to racism when it comes to Blacks making certain statements...)
I mean... Does anyone ever really expect a "racist" to say, "For the record, I am a racist!"??
Like a lot of things we are good at saying what something is not and do a very poor job of defining/describing what something is - racist acts/statements in this case. Also, there seems to be some ~AVERSION~ , some hesistation by a lot of people of using the term RACIST.
Personally, I'm more concerned about institutional racism and think UseFul Bigots like Rush are... well Useful Distractions from the real underlying issues. It seems that that's all most people think racism consist of - some one single, solitary, isolated somebody (and every now and then a group) saying or doing something racially offensive.
I also would like to hear some thoughts on the idea of Calling for His Resignation...
Actually, I want to juxtapose that - the idea that White people in positions of influence/power "shouldn't" say those kind of things - with the notion that we have as African-Americans that Whites always try to "choose" our leaders.
Are they the same? Why or why not?