This is my message to politically conservatives who want to maintain their illusion that one can be a Republican or a conservative and not be defending racism and the racist social structure of the United States. Yes, it might have been possible in the 1960's, but it is not possible now.
The lengths that you have to go intellectually to justify your loyalty to the Republican Party are corrosive to your intellectual powers, and they are morally demeaning, and they only get you in deeper.
Since the George Zimmerman verdict, you have been engaged in an ideological skirmish over racial profiling -- which you claim does not go on, and is only rational anyway. I think I read someone say that it is only "Criminal" profiling. Anyway the argument goes that since black men and youth are statistically more likely to commit crimes, good police work will see black men and youth as meriting closer watch, the occasional stop and frisk, and even, on more rare occasion, accidental shooting and murder. None of this is racist, because of statistics. Well, it is the very definition of racial prejudice: assigning characteristics to an entire group because of the actions of a few.
Of course, you take great offense if someone equates you with Louis Gohmert or Michelle Bachman because you are the members of the same party.
But the core problem is this: the Republican party is getting a shrinking portion of the votes of People of Color. Among African Americans, you're down to about the share that you would get simply through accidental ballot error -- people hitting the wrong button on the machine. You are not that low on Hispanics and Asian-Americans but you're tending in that direction. They think your party is racist.
So, how can it be that People of Color think you are opposed to their interests, even though you are really committed to equality, fair play and the end of racism?
How can it be that so many People of Color misunderstand racism, misunderstand their own interests, misunderstand the situation? When it is clear to you?
You're like that guy who after driving onto the wrong lane of the freeway, calls 911 to report that hundreds of people are driving the wrong way, in the wrong lane, and creating a very dangerous situation.
The only way that you can think that such overwhelming numbers of people of color can be so wrong about racism is to think that they are easily misled and not very smart. In other words, you have say that millions of people are stupid and racist, in order to preserve you conviction that you are not.
You're like the religous fundamentalists who decided that the Bible was never wrong, and now have to argue that whales are really fishes because the Bible said Jonah was swallowed by a "big fish".
Someday you are going to look back and be embarrassed by all of this.