Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I question whether Liberals and Conservatives hear the same things.
When a Liberal says “Joe Doakes is a racist,” I suspect other Liberals hear “Joe Doakes is dangerous.” That triggers a fight-or-flight response. The listening Liberals know they should shun me – at a minimum – and fight me if they can do it from a place of safety. Thus, we get unfriended on Facebook, one-star Amazon reviews, one-star Yelp reviews and secondary boycotts to pressure employers to fire the accused.
When a Liberal says “Joe Doakes is a racist,” I suspect Conservatives hear “Joe Doakes is a poopy-head.” That triggers a scornful response. The listening Conservatives know they should ignore the Liberals – at a minimum – and actively support me, even if it brings Liberal wrath down on them, too. Thus we get Trump’s cabinet nominations.
This may be the new litmus test. When a politician hears someone called “racist,” watch how they react. If they react like Liberals, then they are Liberals at heart, regardless of which party affiliation they wear at the moment.
When everyone is a racist, no one is a racist. The term as no longer has an agreed-upon meaning. Does this mean I hate Black people and want them to die? No, it means the word is worn out from overuse. Find another word.
They will. They will.