I have to say, I'm "sick to death" of having some in the local community assume that I must be a racist because I'm a conservative Christian Republican. It doesn't matter to them that I was taught and still believe that all people are created equally and are equal, whether their skin is black, white, purple, pink, plaid, or polka dotted. If they cut and they bleed red, they're equal and are due the same rights.
Yes, it's true that in the old south and in the old days, there was the feeling that we were all equal but that "some are more equal than others". In the time since then, people have learned and grown and gotten over that whole mentality, and my generation (for the most part) was taught what I was taught, and we continue to teach that to our own children. However, some segments of the population have done a total flip-flop (no, not talking about John Kerry, but he's part of a whole 'nother problem). Now the ones who are thought to be "more equal than others" are anyone in the population who's not a conservative, not a Christian, and not a Republican. It has become open season on us and it's OK for anyone who disagrees with us to call us the most heinous of names, spread horrible rumors in and out of the press, and call for our extermination. Our sin? Standing up for everyone's rights ... even our own.
I for one would like to let these race baiters that my ancestors were run out of the South for supporting abolition and that I don't hate anyone ... although I disdain national-level DemocRATs and idiots in general.
Anyway ... for more great discussion on racism, check out Gullyborg's November 2 blog.