Well sure, Hamlet, of course it is possible to disapprove of the President’s policies without being a racist, but then, in today’s world where Conservative opinion is driven largely by Fox News and Talk Radio, you’d have to demonstrate to me that the policy of his that you didn’t like was an actual policy of his, and not something that Sean Hannity just pulled out of his . . . .rear end. But sure, it IS POSSIBLE to disagree with the President for reasons OTHER than racism. THAT said, just because it is possible to disagree with the President and NOT be a racist doesn’t mean that racism is NOT a factor in much of the rancor and disrespect given to the President. For instance, when my Brother makes jokes about the President being an African Chimp, I’d say that is pretty racist. When the guy I was talking to in the bar a while back complains that everything is so “politically correct that ya can’t even call the President a n!gg3r anymore”, I’m pretty sure THAT was pretty damn racist. When one of my friends on Facebook backs up his arguments against the President by linking to an article on neo-Nazi White Supremacist site “Stormfront”, I’m pretty sure THAT is pretty damn racist, I don’t even have to read the article.
And it isn’t just criticism of the President.
When commentators on the Right automatically claim that any unarmed black man who is killed by the police is a “thug” who deserved to be shot because he didn’t immediately obey police commands, but these same commentators think Cliven Bundy and his band of armed rebels are Patriots and Heroes for literally threatening to kill Law Enforcement officers, well, you might be a little bit racist.
When you think that Donald Trump is just “telling it like it is” when he claims that most Mexicans are rapists and criminals, you might be a little bit racist.
When you think that Ted Cruz has the right idea when he says he’ll “carpet bomb Syria and make the sand glow” to get rid of ISIS and incidentally killing millions of innocent Syrians in the bargain, you might be a little bit racist.
When you want to bar people entry to our country based on their religion, you might be a little bit racist.
When you routinely claim that people of Color are street criminals and welfare cheats who do nothing but lay about living off your tax money, you might be a little bit racist.
When you’re the Republican governor of a large state like, say Michigan, and you poison the drinking water of a largely black city like, say Flint, just to save $100 a day on the chemical that would make the water safe, you might be a little bit racist.
When you’re at a rally for Trump, and a Muslim woman stands silently in protest, and you jeer and hurl insults at her as she is dragged out by police, you might be a racist.
I could go on, but I assume you get the point. Racism is alive and well and very ugly on the Right, and with the rhetoric being bandied about by your leading candidates, particularly Trump and Cruz, it is only getting worse. YOU aren’t a racist, but you are in very racist company.