Is the charge of Racism becoming meaningless

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
March 30, 2010 1:01am CST
This past week people have been called racist if they want to over turn the Health Care Law. If you speak out against the Administration you are called racist. If you are a participant in a TEA Party Rally you are Considered a Racist. It seems that a racist is anyone who is opposed to the direction this administration is taking. If you are considered a racist for your stance on an issue (not race related) that is supported by a minority person then what is a racist and are the people who make the charge? It is like the little boy who cried wolf. You make the charge too many times and soon no one will listen. Is that what is happening to the charge of racism? It is being used so often that soon no one will listen?
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Apr 10
Racism exists...that is a fact we cannot logicly escape. That being said however, to believe that all or even most oposition to Obama and the current government is at best, lunacy. It has simply become the default argument becuse most people cannot seem to argue policy on it's own merrits. It's meant to be a conversation stopper and the cowards way out of legitimate political discusion. It's intellectually pathetic.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Apr 10
It is certainly over used! I think labels like that should be saved for the real whack jobs. There is enough hate going around, there is no need to manufacture it. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/racist rac·ism (rszm) n. 1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race. Now, saying that you do not agree with Obama's agenda, I do not see where that applies. If you were to say that you do not agree with Obama's agenda because he is black, That would be racist. Now I am not saying that this is NEVER the case, there are people out there that truly think Obama can not lead because he is black and not because he has no business sense nor desire to adhere to the Constitution. There are just far too many things to not like besides his skin color.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Too many supporters of the President see the race and policies of the President as one in the same, which it is not. We need to be free to argue about the policies of the administration and keep the person out of the argument.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
9 Apr 10
I emphatically disagree with you phantsy. I do not care what color he is, I do not believe that socialism is right for our country. When we were against it during Clintons reign, was that racism as well? We have a right to disagree, I think the prejudice displayed is your own.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
12 Apr 10
If you were black...would you be saying the term racism is overused? first of all, I really can not say now can I? However, my family came from gypsys and you want to talk about prejudice. So I really think that argument is out the window. You are absolutely entitled to your opinion. People were not againsts everything the cClintons did either. I was I didn't hear anyone call welfare socialism either I do call it socialism, thats what it is http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism Main Entry: so·cial·ism Pronunciation: \'so-sh?-?li-z?m\ Function: noun Date: 1837 1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods [b] But his policies are thwarted because of his race. I say that with much certainty. [/b] coming from a gypsy family, I am amazed at your mind reading abilities.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
9 Apr 10
i think they need to leave the racest card out of things. they always got to blame racest on everything
• United States
9 Apr 10
yeah like i dont understand the whole potlic thing, but once he became president you got to how alot of white people really are. to me its where in the hell this came from? to me i see he knows how the middle class and lower class have to struggle in this world, and to me its not black or white its both who is struggling in this world. here i am disable been for 12 yrs and i always find myself trying to figure how to pay that bill or this one. specaily when it comes to doctors bill i know people who are white and black who cant get health insurance because it cost way too much. even knew a guy who lost his battle with cancer because his medicare would get max out from treatments it is so sad so many still want to use the racest card for so much still today in 2010. to me anyone in this great country can be whatever they want they are to lazy to go out and work for it.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
30 Mar 10
It's a pretty improper label I agree and you certainly aren't racist for taking your stance on a topic. I'm assuming that they are being called racist due to the fact that our president is African American? Otherwise I'm not quite sure where that comment would have even been made from. I don't really think that people opposing free health care are racist but rather heartless for not wanting everyone to have a better chance of experiencing a long healthy life. I think that we should all deserve medical care regardless if we have some pieces of paper given some imaginary value.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
1 Apr 10
What I have found is that when you start to win a policy argument or use facts to press your case people who support the President will use the charge of Racism or will bring up the argument that it has to be done for the Children.
• United States
30 Mar 10
I am very sensitive and strongly opposed to racism, but I think that the whole "if you ever disagree with Obama then you are racist" is definitely a bad and childish thing. The whole point of fighting racism is that skin color is not supposed to matter, crying racism over just a disagreement in views is not helping that fight. If someone were to make a racist comment, that is one thing, but this isn't the case. It makes our side ( i mean the people who support the Health care law) look bad as a whole, and I wish everyone would just cut it out.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
30 Mar 10
It hit me last night when I was watching The Factor and Rev Al Sharpton told Bill O'Reilly that people protesting at the TEA Parties were Racist because of signs like "Take Our Country Back". I grew up during the "Long Hot Summers" of the 60's and attended a racially divided High School. Several of my close friends were blacks. They were my friends because we shared similar interests and values. Again in college I had some Black friends, Jewish friends, Asian friends and white friends. I choose my friends based on interests and values. This is why I am so upset when I hear the charge being thrown around over every little disagreement someone has with another person. I fear that we will get a backlash because people will begin to see everything in terms of race and not on the merits of the issue.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Racist is a term that lacks any real meaning these days. It is used to describe anyone who disagrees with the democrats and 0bama... just as homophobe is used to denigrate anyone who disagrees with the gay lifestyle. It is a cowardly way to dismiss a position when there is no way to defend there own positions, and the Lying Liberals and Socialists are quite adept at that. When the whole healthcare debacle collapses under it's own weight, then they will try to blame the republicans although not one republican supported it. The demoncrats own this mess.