is frequently very good.
Let’s be clear: I have lived up and down the East Coast. I have counseled in private and with total confidentiality with thousands from various parts of the country (I was a psychologist in the Navy). I myself grew up in the Mountain West. But I have been quite involved in state and national politics of all sorts and in several parts of the country for decades.
Yet I have never heard anyone say blatantly racist things. I did hear a woman in Southern Virginia voice some things that were fine but could be interpreted as borderline (she was from the deep South). My wife was called a “Yankee” once when we lived in the South (and she was born and raised in the Mountain West, as well). But that is as extreme as it ever got.
I’m not saying racists do not exist–I’m sure they do. I saw some huge bearded guy in a jacked-up old pick up with the Stars and Bars tacked to the interior ceiling of his truck as a sort of headliner. That was in Virginia, and I never talked to that guy. It was so unusual that my sister visiting me in Southern Virginia (visiting from California) excitedly pointed at him when we were at a stoplight, “Look, there’s a redneck!” I drove off quickly so as not to get killed…
So I have no doubt that racism exists in small pockets. But hearing anything about it was a very rare or non-existent event, even in the South! So it is clearly a fringe phenomenon. You can say that I just didn’t run in those crowds, but the fact that I didn’t even hear about it while talking confidentally to people from all over the South as a psychologist and then as a clergyman speaks to the fact that it isn’t all that prevalent or accepted by typical people. It is fringe. I don’t drink beer, but you can bet that I can name half a dozen brands of beer off the top of my head! Yeah, it’s in the culture. Racism seems not to be the same at all. The Left tells us that racism is rampant, and yet I have never personally seen a public display of it. Have you? If not, why do you think it is rampant?
So all this focus on the KKK and widespread discrimination against blacks seems a bit misguided (and rather self-serving). And add to that the fact that Donald Trump is vilified as a racist, yet no one can name a single racist thing he has said or done! And if he did 40 years ago (I’ve never heard that), so what? Attitudes can change. I have two words for Democrats: Robert Byrd. Byrd was an actual leader of the KKK and used the N-word on national TV within the last few years (while he was a sitting Senator)! Yet he was a Democrat Senator so he was given a pass by the Lefty shills in the media and his Democrats co-conspirators in congress. They just said, “Look, a squirrel!”
Conservatives are NOT the people who discriminate, here.