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  •  I disagree; I think the (2+ / 0-)
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    majority of them are utterly unaware that the label is on target. I think they feel they're being called dirty and evil, and they're incredibly invested in thinking of themselves as pure and good.

    They experience being called dirty and evil as visceral dread. (Not just conservatives; I'd include the 'liberal pundits' of the diary title.) They give voice and action to prejudice in ignorance, of often willful ignorance.

    In some ways, it's a definitional thing. Racist means 'bad.' They know they're not bad. Hence, when they wave Obama witch doctor signs, that's not racist. QED.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 03:40:25 PM PDT

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    •  I think it's more likely... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...that the majority of them convince themselves their prejudices are justified and, therefore, can't be "bad," as you say. But they still don't like being called something that the "labeler" considers "bad," so - not wanting to believe there's anything wrong with their prejudice(s) - they resent it.

      It's what I'd call the "I Know I'm Right and Hate That Everyone Else Thinks I'm Wrong" Syndrome. Or, to put a finer point on it, "If you could see as clearly as I, you'd be racist too." Nobody likes being considered a pariah, no matter how convinced of the rightness of their thinking they may be.

      I don't doubt there are those (perhaps even among the Obama-witch-doctor-sign-wavers) who delude themselves there's nothing either "racist" or "bad" about their thoughts, actions or remarks, but it's been my observation that the accusations that sting people the most are those they know have hit their mark.

      •  I tend to agree. (2+ / 0-)
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        Someone calls me a label like that, I pretty much shrug and move on.  I know who I am. I know what I believe, what I value, and the kind of world I work to create.

        But many of the conservatives I know, they FREAK if there is the slightest implication that ANY conservative (including pundits at Fox News) might be racist.

        To paraphrase Shakespeare, the allegedly non-biased person doth protest too much.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 04:33:49 PM PDT

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        •  That's a good point. But (1+ / 0-)
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          you have a certain level of emotional maturity. We're talking about conservatives and pundits here!

          "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

          by GussieFN on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 04:43:21 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, grover (2+ / 0-)
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          I was going to include some personal experience, but omitted it for the sake of brevity.

          That experience is this: as a gay men, my partner and I, just walking together down the street, have been subjected to venomous cries of "Homos!" and "Fags!" by total strangers. My rational mind concludes, "Well, as much as I dislike the word, I am a "homo," so why should I object?" My emotional reaction is only to the fact that the screaming jerk and others like him think there's something "wrong with that."

          So if someone were to yell "Child molester!" instead, my reaction would be an eye-rolling, "This person's psychotic," and my feelings wouldn't be the least hurt.

          So it is with anyone who cares to call me a "bigot" (or any other word to that effect). I know that whatever internal prejudices I harbor are personally abhorred, resisted and never displayed in voice or deed.

          So, to return to my original point, I have no such "dread," because of what I do - and don't - with those feelings.  

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