Grassroots Commentary

Yes, Thank You, I'm Racist!

By Paige Cashion · Jan. 18, 2013

Oh, good. They're playing the race card… again.

About gun control?…REALLY? How is this even possible?

People, who are against banning semi-automatic weapons and who have been against banning semi-automatic weapons for their entire adult lives, are now racist? I'm sorry did I miss a memo? Did they go and change the meaning of the darn thing? Was I too busy being married, raising a daughter, chairing the meals committee for the sick, at church, and having too many back surgeries to pay attention to its evolving etymology?

I despise racism. My grandmother, God bless her soul, was racist. She died recently at the age of 105, and she was part of that generation where racism was rampant. I used to sit in her living room, in Dallas, and just cringe when the phone rang, callers responding to her newspaper ad for 'Rooms to Rent' in her big, old house. She'd quickly identify them, by voice alone, over the phone, and proceed to tell them “I don't rent my rooms to Nigras.” Ohhhh! That vile word and her vile actions! I'd feel the gall rise in my throat. I confronted her once, and she just smiled, smugly, “Yes, you've been brainwashed…”

This was racism – blocking opportunities for people, for no other reason than the color of their skin. And yes, it still exists in some people, today. And yes, it's abhorrent.

But have they changed the meaning of the word? I mean, I hear it thrown around constantly now, in the oddest places, all of which, suddenly, apply to me:

“You didn't vote for Obama, because you're a conservative? You're racist!

“You're a conservative against socialized health-care? You're racist!

“You have a problem with a government official appearing repeatedly on television, providing false information to the American public? You're racist!

“You're against gun control and infringement of the 2nd Amendment? You're racist!

To me, these are all perfectly logical philosophical positions to hold, in and of themselves. And the interjection of race seems bizarrely out of place. What am I missing, here?

I learned, recently, that a lot of word meanings have changed, so it's possible I'm taking offense where none is intended. As a high school teacher, for instance, I learned that 'fly' isn't just something birds do, or that you do on a plane. It means 'to be cruel, mean, or bigoted', as in, “Man, that's fly! Don't give us extra homework, Miss!” (I'm sorry, but when the question is, “Who wrote Macbeth?” and three of you answer, Beowulf, I think a little extra homework is in order…). And the word 'swag' isn't just a reference to the tops of my living room curtains. It's another word for 'cool', 'style', or just about anything you want it to mean, actually. It originated in prison, and stood for, “Secretly We Are Gay”. These days, it's primarily used in place of the words “cool/style”, as in, “I got swag, Miss!” as he shows off his new jeans.

A grill isn't just for Bar-B-Que, anymore, it's a gold thingy you wear on your front teeth when you've just got to look like the corner pimp and if you're going out with a lot of friends, you're gonna 'roll deep'. And, racist… you're racist if you're … hold the phone, that's it. There IS a new definition for 'racist' and we conservatives are just too out of touch to know it.

Racist now means 'far too logical'.

“You didn't vote for Obama, because you're a conservative?! You're far too logical!

“You're against socialized health-care, and you're a conservative? You're far too logical!

“You have a problem with a government official appearing repeatedly on television, providing false information to the American public? You're far too logical!

Oh…I feel so much better, now!

I'm a conservative, against gun control.

Yes, thank you, I'm racist!


Ben Hartley in Jaffrey, NH said:

Well, of course I'm racist! I'm Caucasian, for Pete's sake!

I'm also male (sexist), heterosexual (homophobic), a veteran (a blood-thirsty killer), a gun owner (certifiably bitter and clinging), and an enrolled Republican (a bigot).


Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Ben, Count me right there along with you but I have a bigger stigma than you. I'm from the South so that automatically makes me an an uneducated redneck living in a trailer. Like you, I am a veteran so that makes us a possible domestic terrorist because we have been trained to kill. However, I don't remember any of the mass murderers being veterans. Liberals are more racist than the worse skinhead Nazi because they base their bigotry on your opinions, where you live, and if you are Conservative.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:43 PM

MAH in Wisconsin replied:

Sarge you just cleared up some confusion for me regarding Obama's attack on our military. Call me naive, but after your comment I think I see Obama and his regime wanting to eliminate the military to ensure that 'trained killers' won't return to domestic life and repurpose their skills on THEM or teach them to others who may want to organize a private militia. Dumbing down America is taking its toll.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Joe Dougherty in Edgewood, NM replied:

While not a certifiable Republican I am damn sure everything else, clinging bitterly... Right on brother, thanks for your service...

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Well...just so long as you're not a Christian too!

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

PaigeC in Texas replied:

You DO have it bad!! ..... Keep up the good fight, and thank you for your service to our country.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

Maybe you are on to something. The change in the meaning of words has a long history in the English language. "Awful" in the 18th century meant full of awe, inspiring, not something terrible. The word "gay" not too long ago was applied to anyone who was carefree and happy. A "racist" is now "logical" as you say. Too bad all of us cannot be awful, gay and racist people.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Leaping Spark in Valrico, FL said:

Let me figure this out, I'm a male conservative Republican that is 1/8 black, 3/8 white, 1/2 Cherokee and a gun loving trained killer to boot. I'm so confused about whom I'm supposed to hate.

Racism is nothing but a divisive tool used by Obama and his illiterate Communist lackeys to keep the fire of hatred burning among Americans of different races.

Hopefully, it will explode in his face and he will finally be impeached for all of his acts of treason against the United States.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

andiamapatriot in Lost In IL replied:

LOL One couldn't blame you for being a bit off balance with your hate... no wonder you're conservative, they're the poster children for "the confused". ;)

All sarcasm aside, you must have some very interesting family stories given your lineage. :)

The name of the game is Divide and Conquer, and both parties are guilty of it. It's just that the Progressives have it nailed to an art form now. I wish it would explode and take that shiny veneer off him that keeps the Left mesmerized, but I'm not going to be holding my breath.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Jeremiah in San Diego, Ca. replied:

FYI---Obama is 1/2 white & 1/2 Black [kenyan], " A MULATTO"
What race is he supposed to hate the most???? Maybe that's his problem, he can't figure it out, So he hates every body!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

Racist? Yes we are!


Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Tony in Texas replied:

Blacks conveniently forget just how many thousands of white people lost their lives for the freedom of their ancestors. An entire generation of this nation was wiped out for them, and they still act like white people need to pay some mythilcal dept to them.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Larry in Buffalo, NY replied:

Mike, I like it!!! If there isn't one already I think you should sell it as a bumper sticker!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

rippedchef in sc said:

When I hear "you're a racist" I merely respond,"I'm not racist I hate everybody regardless of color"-usually gets a good response

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Bill in Golden Texas said:

Well, I'm a church attending, bible reading, gun owning, American flag flying, veteran, confirmed heterosexual, so I guess I'm a racist!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

rab in jo,mo said:

I'm not racist, I believe sh*t comes in all colors. I will let a man prove to me that he's an idiot before I'll call him one.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Jim in Alabama said:

Try these next time.

"You voted for Obama? He put 5 million black people out of work. You must be racist!"

"You're a liberal? You support keeping black kids in schools that are so bad half of them drop out. You must be racist."

"You're Pro-Choice? You support Planned Parenthood putting 79% of their clinics in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. You support the murder of 18 million babies of color, one in 3 out of all the abortions since 1973. You must be racist."

"You're a Democrat? Democrat administrations have governed the 20 worst cities in America for 50 years. They have failed to make the most horrendous black ghettos any better, by every single objective measure. You must be racist."

This is what Communists do: They commit every vile act offensive to human decency and then accuse those whose try to stop them of exactly those same things.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

Love the column. My 17 year old son now responds to virtually every comment in my family with, "That's racist!", showing how silly the accusation is. In reality, I highly doubt that those hollering "that's racist!" could even explain how a particular statement or act is racist. Apparently, racism is now
merely opposing the position of someone of a different race, even when such opposition does not flow from any distinction as to race.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Fakedad in Columbia mo said:

Oh god, you are a jackass.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Squiggly NBalls in Utah said:

Dude, do you even know what you are talking about?
You give actual racist, like me, bad names. You are calling racist illogical, but, the fact is that we are the most logical of all.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM