Romney goes into this election, as he has lived his life – with a great many advantages. The Bush economy and the nation’s short memory of how we got here. The political press in the employ of his major financial backers. One third of the country being died in the wool racists. The list of reason why Romney should win goes on and on.Start with the assumption that one out of every three people you meet will be racists, and your world will be a pretty dismal place.
That's well over 100 million hardcore racists. One-third of the other students in your child's class--I look at the assembled parents in my grandson's class at Linden Hill Elementary School, and I wonder which nine families are secretly keeping KKK hoods at home in their closets. I go to church and wonder which fifty of the people taking communion with my family are only here to cover up their virulent hatred of our African-American and Hispanic parishoners.
As I walk the streets I realize that, in jason's world, 206,000 of Delaware's registered voters are racists. How can I know which ones? Ah! I see: there are 183,645 registered Republicans. We can assume by definition, according to jason, that ALL of them are racists. (Sorry, Joan Deaver. Sorry Joe Miro and Mick Manolakos.) That would also mean that another 22,435 of Delaware's independents, Greens, and Libertarians are racists (because, you see, only Democrats are not racists in jason's world. It's sort of like a reverse Germany in the 1930s and 1940s where we should have two-thirds of the people wear big "Ds" on their jackets so we could know they are not racists.)
One third of all Americans are racists.
Of course, since only 72% of the country is white, that actually means that nearly 50% of all white Americans are racists in jason's view. Every other white person he meets is secretly trying to figure out a way not to do business with Hispanics, not to hire African-Americans.
Wait! Maybe he just meant it as a geographical comment. Obviously, that must be it: jason thinks (given the percentages you can note in the map below) that every single white person in the South is furtively planning to bring back Jefferson Davis and re-enslave the Freedmen:
OK, in all seriousness, I should point out that racism is still alive and well in the hearts and minds of many Americans. Probably millions, maybe even tens of millions--I don't know.
But I do know that it is significantly less prevalent than it was when I was growing up, that the media and advertising images out there would not be out there if they were not selling products. I know that racism in the United States is on the decline, and that even people who are Evangelical Christians, or conservatives, or Southerners--even if they are white--do not have to be racists by definition.
Except in jason's world, where everybody who doesn't think, believe, and vote the way he does can't just be an American with different ideas--they have to be both ignorant and evil.