If at all possible I avoid discussing racism with conservatives like the plague. Using facts and rational thought to discuss the very real problem of racism in this country (especially as it pertains to the GOP) is about as useful as speaking Chinese to try to communicate with a panda bear.
Republicans will swear up and down that their party doesn’t have a problem with racism; but let’s not forget that this is a group of people who often support the “honoring” of the Confederate flag, denying that it represents anything to do with racism.
Nothing you can say or do is going to fix that level of ignorance and stupidity.
But one of the more ridiculous things many Republicans often try to do is compare themselves to Martin Luther King or claim that if the civil rights leader were alive today, he would be on their side.
Again, it’s a level of stupidity you really can’t fix.
Take for instance comments made by Rep. Louie Gohmert where he essentially compared himself to MLK, claiming it’s liberals and President Obama who are driving the racial divide in this country.
“It’s usually the liberals that care more about race, they care more about gender and all kinds of, sexual habits,” Gohmert said. “We don’t care about that stuff. Are you going to do the job, are you going to do what’s right, are you going to be honest? Those are the things that we’re more concerned about. In fact, we (conservatives) are coming closer to the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. because we care more about the content of the character than we do the color of anybody’s skin.”
As someone who lives in his state, fairly close to his district, I can tell you with absolute certainty that racism is alive and well within the Republican party. And I damn sure know it’s alive and well in his district, because east Texas is even more racially divided than other parts of the state.
What Gohmert is doing is he’s using the classic tactic often used by those trying to deny racism exists by claiming that those pointing out the racism are, in fact, the racists.
To be fair, I will say there are times that liberals do play the race card too often, but those instances are far more infrequent than the plethora of times legitimate racism occurs among conservatives.
It’s just amazing to me that people like Gohmert try to deny that a lot of the irrational disdain shown toward President Obama has to do with his race. He acts as if it’s just a massive coincidence that the tea party, a group comprised of mostly Southern and rural whites that’s often linked with racism, just happened to form right as our nation’s first African-American president was elected.
Sadly, his attitude is more often than not what I deal with when it comes to discussing racism with conservatives. They’re completely oblivious to reality when it comes to the topic, bordering on either total delusion or flat-out willful ignorance.