I quite agree. Many times I’ve argued with those who claimed they weren’t racist (“I have black friends!”) who were absolutely outraged that it was no longer acceptable for them to use the n-word. After the centuries of slavery followed by Jim Crow (which continues after a fashion today in the segregation academies in the Deep South, one of which I attended and was described in the above reference), the loss of being able to speak just one word was somehow intolerable, an affront to freedom, and too high a price for them to pay. They have forgotten that one crucial part of honor is the ability to know that there are things that one cannot do, and words that one cannot say…

…but the Right decided to turn their backs on honor when they nominated a presidential candidate who opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, followed by their election of a president who deliberately sought the votes of the white racists of the Deep South. Trump, coward and traitor that he is, is only the latest in a long line of Republicans for whom the gaining of power was an end that justified the means of racist conduct and legislation.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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