The following is a by-no-means exhaustive list of examples of racism still being very much alive in America:
1. As stated previously, Rush Limbaugh has told a black caller to “get that bone out of your nose,” and mocked anti-apartheid activists for actually being appalled by white supremacy in South Africa. Ann Coulter has defended the Confederate Flag, and the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Michael Savage has defended the junk science claim that African Americans are less intelligent than whites. Pat Buchanan has decried Brown v. Board of Education. Dinesh D’Souza opposes anti-discrimination laws. They are all still mainstream conservative pundits.
2. South Carolina displays the Confederate Flag, a flag representing a country founded to preserve slavery, on its Statehouse. Mississippi keeps the Confederate logo on its state flag.
3. The current governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, was asked for his endorsement of efforts to eliminate segregated proms. He called the attempt to obtain his endorsement “ridiculous.” While at least initially refusing an endorsement for efforts at prom integration, he was perfectly willing to offer an endorsement of Confederate History Month.
4. South Carolina’s junior Senator Tim Scott is the only black Senator ever to be elected by popular vote in a Southern state. Before being elected, he had to work for a former segregationist, walk back statements he had made denouncing the Confederate flag, refuse to support an anti-racial profiling bill, and be appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley. (His appointment by Haley had the effect of allowing him to avoid a primary, where voters could choose a white conservative candidate and catapulting him straight to the general election, where, as a Republican, he was all but guaranteed victory against his Democratic opponent in a state as deep red as South Carolina.) Outside the South, only four black Senators have ever been popularly elected. Only two black governors have ever been popularly elected anywhere in the country.
5. In the 2008 presidential election, the Republican ticket included a man whose wife had stolen to support a pill addiction and a woman with a teenage daughter who had gotten pregnant out of wedlock. Can anyone say with a straight face that if Michelle Obama had stolen to support an addiction, and one of Barack and Michelle’s daughters had gotten pregnant out of wedlock, the family would not have been subjected to a slew of racial comments about their indiscretions?
6. In 2010, the president pro tempore of the Senate, Robert Byrd, passed away and received a national tribute. He was a former member of the KKK, had filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and used the n word on national television. The following month, a black Department of Agriculture official named Shirley Sherrod told a story of how she had discriminated against whites in the past before learning that reverse racism was wrong. When a video appeared that took her remarks out of context, Sherrod was forced to resign. Apparently, Democrats feared that a significant number of swing voters would tolerate accolades and tributes for a white supremacist but would balk at having an alleged black supremacist working for the federal government.
7. Mitt Romney received nary a peep of criticism from conservatives for his choice of Robert Bork, a man who opposed the Civil Rights Act, as a member of his “Justice Advisory Committee,” despite many of these same conservatives lambasting Barack Obama for his association with Jeremiah Wright.
8. Similar to #7, many of the same conservatives who were incensed at President Obama’s membership in Jeremiah Wright’s church have not similarly questioned why politicians who were members of the Mormon church prior to 1978 were willing to be part of a denomination that officially banned blacks from becoming priests.
9. In 2012, an Arkansas state legislator named Jon Hubbard labeled slavery “a blessing in disguise” for black people. A column defending this statement was published on the mainstream conservative website TownHall.com. The aforementioned Dinesh D’Souza made a similar assertion in his latest book, America: Imagine a World Without Her.
10. Nelson Mandela’s death prompted many comments from conservatives that, rather than being a hero, he was a terrorist. How many of these critics would agree with my assertion that George Washington should not be considered a hero due to him being a slaveholder? And if a person considers George Washington a hero despite his slaveholding while viewing Mandela’s Communism and use of violence as a “deal killer,” what does that say about their views on race?
11. Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul has gone on record claiming that businesses have a right to discriminate based on race.
12. Last year, Cheerios released an ad featuring an interracial couple and their daughter. The comments section for the YouTube video had to be disabled due to so many people posting racist remarks.