Listen Up: I’m Not a Racist!

Every time I turn around, someone is calling me a racist.  A Facebook “friend” constantly ranted about the tea party people, calling them racists because they disagreed with our President.  Not being a tea party member, but agreeing with a lot of what they’re about, I “unfriended” her after I got sick and tired of hearing it.  She never asked me why I unfriended her, but she’ll mention it every time she sees my husband.  He tells her, “don’t get me involved.”

Just about every week, some “celebrity” is spouting off and calling anyone who doesn’t think our President walks on water a racist.  You can also hear this mantra from the likes of Chris Matthews over at MSNBC.

Just for the record, I am not a racist.

I don’t care if President Obama is all black, all white, half black, half white, Native American, part Asian, all Asian or any other race, creed, nationality or religion.

I don’t care where he was born or in what country he was raised.  I’m not interested that he ate dog as a child inIndonesia.  I don’t care who his mother was or whether his father was from Africa.  I don’t care his grandparents raised him or that he lived in Hawaii.

Where he went to school, how well he did or didn’t do, what kind of education he received, what degrees he earned or the fact he was the editor of tahe Harvard Law Review doesn’t impress me.

I do care that his friends included America-haters Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright only to the extent they shaped the President’s views of America.

It’s his business who he married except when she tries to get into my kitchen and tells me what to eat.  I couldn’t care less if he’s a good husband, how many children he has, or whether he’s a good father.  I don’t care whether he had girlfriends before he was married or whether he has any friends.

I don’t care whether he can bowl, likes beer, looks good in a tuxedo or on the beach, can read from a teleprompter, likes Al Green or Paul McCartney, likes basketball, whether people think he’s “cool,” or whether he can sing or dance or slow jam the news.

I don’t like his policies.  Plain and simple.

I didn’t like him in 2008 when he wanted to “spread the wealth” as he told Bill O’Reilly in an interview back then, and I still don’t like him in 2012 because he still wants to “spread the wealth” by taxing millionaires, which, by the way, isn’t going to make even a dent in our horrendous debt.

I don’t like that he’s spending us into bankruptcy.  I don’t like that he’s raised our national debt over $4 trillion since taking office less than four years ago.

I didn’t like his stimulus package which cost the American taxpayer over $800 billion dollars with very little to show for it. I don’t like his philosophy that government creates jobs (except, of course, government jobs which continue to grow under his administration).

I don’t like Obamacare.  I don’t like the government telling me I have to buy something.  I can only hope the Supreme Court will overturn this debacle.

I don’t like that he’s turned a Constitutional issue regarding freedom of religion into a “war on women.”

I don’t like that in 1996 as a candidate for State Senator, Mr. Obama supported same-sex marriage, then while running for President in 2008 said his views were evolving and now in 2012, he’s come out of the closet and says he supports same-sex marriage.  I’m with the 67% of those surveyed, in a recent NY Times poll, who believes his change of heart is politically motivated.  (Being opposed to same-sex marriage, I’ve now subjected myself to a double-whammy.  Too some, I’m now a racist homophobe.)

Let me say it one more time.  I don’t like his policies.  Period.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Debbie Carter

    Great article! I don’t care if I am called racist anymore. I am so over it. If I have an opinion differently than anyone not of my race I am labeled a racist. It doesn’t matter if they would want to set my head on fire if I disagree I’m probably racist. The word no longer has meaning to me.

  • Captain Carnage

    You know what, screw ’em.  I AM A RACIST! Yep, that’s me. I HATE ALL idiotic garbage spewing moronic politicians of EVERY RACE, CREED,COLOR,GENDER or otherwise!! (Hell, I even hate myself if it makes you feel ANY BETTER about yourself!) That’s what you SHOULD tell these morons…

  • Jeffreydan

    “Let me say it one more time.  I don’t like his policies.  Period.”

    I’m with you on the policies, with every fiber.
    I’d add, despite it not having as much to do with his duties, that the guy is a bona fide jerk. In my middle-aged lifetime I haven’t seen any POTUS, and precious few politicians in general, regularly behave like such a hostile, snide little child.

      I know the quality of one’s personality isn’t necessarily a meter for competence, but you can hate a guy because of his policies as well as his being a narcissistic tool, and race still doesn’t enter the picture.    

  • Kevin M. Temple

    I know you’re not a racist, so why are you trying so hard to explain that you’re not. You fell into the liberal trap. When a liberal quits debating the issues and starts attacking the individual, you know you’ve won the argument. Please don’t make that mistake again. It makes you look weak.

  • Paul Borden

    I believe it is racist to assume, as many liberals seem to do, that people like Herman Cain, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Condaleezza Rice, etc., wouldn’t be where they are today without the benefit of racial preferences. Obviously, libs must assume that because they look at these same people as betraying their race when they oppose such program as quotas and affirmative action as well as opposing Obama’s policies.

  • Ron F.

    I do not listen to Chris Matthews and, as I understand it, not many people do.  And I think the vast majority of Americans do not care about what celebrities think about anything.  It doesn’t bother me what they say about the motives of people who disagree with President Obama.  Questioning the motives of the opposition has been part of the political debate for years.  The right has accused people on the left of the same thing, voting for President Obama because he is black.  People on the right and left question the patriotism of people on the other side of the debate.  Both sides claim that the other side is trying to harm the nation.  It is hard to get through clutter and I guess that is one reason some people tune out the political debate.  That is why, as Leona points out, is what the person does and whether you agree or disagree with the policies.

  • FloridaJim

    Racist has become a word used to halt all discussion of a topic, “you are a racist because you don’t like Obama[or democrats or France et al] therefore you don’t deserve my thoughts”. that is from The Saul Alinsky “Rules For Radficals” which describes how to contol any discussion on any topic.
    Most democrats use this tactic to stop all discussions where they may not be strong e.g. Chris Mathews says  says ” Obama sends chills up my legs” thus if I denigrate Obama I must be doing it because I am a racist, who could not love Obama” says Mathews and many others. 
    I await Axelrod and others to use the word frequently rather than try to defend Obnama’s pathetic record on employment, debt, immigration, terrorist hunting,
    Almost every black politician in Illinois eventually cries “racist” when confronted with facts they don’t like or can’t refute.

    • Debbie Carter

      Think about it though. If the word racist really bothered us bad enough we could try to get it banned and call it the “R” word and then only WE could use it. HAHA! OK, maybe that’s a bit much. LOL

  • Iklwa

    Chris Mathews is right!
    You are a racist.
    You have all the earmarks, anyway.
    Just because you don’t want America to be a third rate nation (read “banana republic”) governed by Marxist socialists doesn’t mean you aren’t.
    Thou dost protest too much.
    By the way, just for the record, I’m in your corner.

  • Qoheleth

    I’m currently working on my daughter so that she understands the true definition of “racism.”  It started when she began a sentence with “I don’t want anyone to think I’m racist,…” and then said something about the girls (who happened to be African-American) at school who were bullying her.  I quickly laid out the definition that racism is a claim that all members of a particular race exhibit a quality that makes them inferior to people of another race.  Talking about one, or several members of a particular race without expanding the claim is never racism.
      The problem is, of course, that no one wants to be called a racist and most people aren’t as exact (either for ideological reasons or laziness) as I am on the definition.  The best response I have to charges of racism is to say “I don’t understand what you mean by that word.  What exactly am I doing that you don’t like?”

    • Terry Walbert

      “The problem is, of course, that no one wants to be called a racist…”

      What the Left has done is make being called a racist a badge of honor. 

  • ogrover

    I don’t likje the fact that he will win in 2012.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      Obama is going to be forced to resign.  There are a number of ballot challenges going on across the country.  He may not be on Arizona’s ballot and there is a big ballot challenge brewing in Florida with Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman leading that challenge.  A ballot challenge in NJ is on appeal as is the one in Tennessee.  Oh, I’m sorry, you haven’t seen this on the television nor on the radio, my bad!!

      As all the Sheriff Joe Arpaio evidence heats up the media will be forced to cover the event.  Congress will have to respond eventually since there are crimes involved.  There is mounting evidence that show Obama was indeed born in Kenya, he stated so in his bio published by Dystel and Goderich, his literary agency.  It remained as fact until 2007 and was miraculously changed to read Hawaii.  The lyrics of an ole tune ring true, “there is a dead skunk in the middle of the road” and Obama’s poll numbers are going to sink into the cesspool making him un-electable.  

  • D Virgadamo

    I have unfriended a lot of people on Facebook for the same exact reason.  They do not know why  when they call someone a racist, it is an insulting comment.  Like you, let them figure out why I unfriended them also. 

  • Colony14Author

    For eight years their attacks on Bush made the Democrats anti-men.

  • Terry Walbert

    It’s a mistake to try to refute the charge of racism, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, etc., etc.

    Try this instead.  If a leftist calls you a name, look at him (or her) and say in a questioning tone, “Therefore..?”  In other words, what does your charge mean for the question under discussion.

    The left is trying to end the discussion, practicing what Ayn Rand called “the argument from intimidation.”  This might be a way to throw a monkey wrench into their plans.

  • BDubya

    Am I a racist?

    What does it mean if you “do not” care for people like Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, Ray Nagin, Marc Lemont Hill, Gregory Meeks, Morgan Freeman, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, or Van Jones?

    And likewise, what does it mean if you “do” care for people like Martin Luther King Jr., Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Jesse White, Juan Williams, Allen West, Bill Cosby, Herman Cain, Denzel Wahington, or Alan Keyes?

    • cmacrider

      BDubja:  It makes you a thoughtful human being who attempts to form his opinions on Reason and Logic …. which is an anathema to the political Left.

  • Drew Page

    Once you have achieved the status of victimhood, you as the ‘injured party’  have gained the moral highground and are entitled to say and do most anything without fear of being disagreed with or rebuked.   You will always have the liberal left, the Democrat party and the main stream media taking your part and advocating your cause, whatever it is.   Not only will they advocate your cause, they will demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with it. 

    Those who cry the loudest for tolerance, acceptance and embracing diversity are the ones making death threats to conservative talk show hosts.  Those who are so quick to take up arms against the “war on women” can never seem to explain their deafening silence when women like Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Meg Whitman,  Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are savaged by the liberal talk show hosts  like Chris Mathews, Ed Schultz and “comedians” like  Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.   Those who are quick to call anyone who disagrees with Obama a racist, seem to be on vacation when people like Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Thomas Sowell and other conservative black voices are marginalized by dismissed white liberals or called  ‘Oreos’, ‘Eggplants’,  ‘Uncle Toms’,  race traitors and worse by black liberals.

    Those who know you know who and what you are.  More importantly you know who you are.   Don’t give the name calling morons the satisfaction of defending yourself against their childish name calling.    

    • Roger Ward

      Excellent, insightful comments!

  • waterlylies84

    Leona, two things, 1) you say, ”
    I don’t care where he was born . . .” you’d better care because our Constitution is clear that a presidential candidate has to be born in the United States, he or she cannot be a naturalized citizen or a dual-citizen. 2) You have a rather long list’s of don’t care, but his private life is a predictor of his public stand, I do care about his private life. He is our president, what he does in private can and will either elevate us in the eyes of the world or make us the butt of jokes. (From friends who have traveled abroad, he is and by extension made us, the butt of jokes).

    You can care about his birthplace and his private life and still hate his policies, heck you can even dislike the man, and NOT be a racist. There are plenty of White people I dislike and it doesn’t make me a reverse-racist. It isn’t the color of his melanin that makes me dislike him, it is his nature.

    • Nancye

      Leona, two things, 1) you say, “I don’t care where he was born . . .” you’d better care because our Constitution is clear that a presidential candidate has to be born in the United States, he or she cannot be a naturalized citizen or a dual-citizen. 


      It’s not Obama’s color that I hate – it’s his politics!!! 

      • LeonaSalazar

        I am not a “birther” and have no doubt that Mr. Obama was born in the United States.  Therefore, it’s a non-issue for me. 

  • Chetmalek

    The left loves demonizing people who disagree with them—especially anyone who is in a group they deem a minority or who has a name that appears to be a “minority’s name” (black and latino Americans—except Cubans—are a minority but Asian Americans aren’t). Thus Tom Sowell, Herm Cain, and Shelby Steele are Uncle Toms and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are black leaders. Leona SALAZAR is not suppose to be a non-liberal/leftist!

    As those of us who are conservative know, what you say in this column is how we think and feel. Somewhat ironically, although the left/liberals will never recognize this, we are the real gate-keepers of MLK’s dictum to “judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.”

  • Mary

    Leona, this is a case of you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
    I don’t think you are a racist, you are telling the truth, Obama’s policies have made our problems  so much worse. Why is it if a black person called Bush all kinds of names, they are not racist? I have heard some things that were said about Bush
    that were horrible but that’s ok. If a white person says something really about Obama
    I have heard commentators saying you should respect the office of the Presidency.
    Well that works both ways, it should but it doesn’t. If Obama is re-elected,I’m afraid this country will not survive the growing debt that will only get worse.
    Time for Obama, Biden and Pelosi to go!! The sooner the better.
    Pelosi and Biden are white, so does that make me non-racist now!!!

  • wally

    I don’t think this article could have been stated any better. I hope most citizens recognize that the race issue is a purely political move to attract voters. The unintended consequences of doing these racist accusations and promotion of the class warfare theme of the democratic party is that some will believe this garbage and set back meaningful relationships to a by gone era. I believe the democratic party wants a divided nation.

  • David Williams

    of course you’re a racist … everyone is … Jeremiah Wright to  a Sengalese peasant to most everyone at some level … if one is perceived as having Black/African/Negroid features whether you are otherwise  as white as the Pillsbury doughboy then you’re Black in the eye of the beholder … especially Democrats seeking votes

    • Roadmaster

       A black man who worked for me was constantly accusing me of being a racist.  One day I said, “No I’m not, I’m just prejudiced!”  His mouth dropped open about two feet.  “I am prejudiced against stupid a-holes, whatever color they are,” I continued.

      He thought about it for a moment and said, “In that case, I guess I’m prejudiced too!”  “You damn right you are,” I replied.  “EVERYBODY IS!  You have to be or else you’ll waste your valuable time on people who don’t deserve it.”

  • genann59

    Agree with you again Mrs. Salazar, and have to put up with the same crap of being called a racist everytime I disagree with his admin’s policies. And even when I point out that I strongly believe Pelosi is worse and Biden is at least as bad, trying to indicate it is philosophy I disagree with, rather than skin color, the left refuses to accept that. They find it much more suiting to their cause to blame any dissent on the dissenter being racist than the logic of philosophical differences that have always defined liberal belief vrs conservative belief. And this admin, to include the other members, are more liberal than any we’ve had in office prior to it.

  • Roxiebell

    Mega DITTOS on every single (bad) policy point in your article. My biggest beef with Obama is is plans to disarm America, his green energy policy and his extreme pro-abortion/infanticide policy….. (Obamadrones hold your water & use your computer for more then leftist liberal insults & talking points & “google” his voting record as an Illinois Senator)

    Great article Leona but I think its futile to tell libs to “listen up” since they are Obama “tone deaf”.

  • bozak
    • cmacrider

      bozo:  Its a liberal straw man argument to distract from Obama’s amateur record as a president.

    • Jeffreydan

        I saw the link. Please point out the part you think is racist, and explain why.

  • bozak

    yeah, it wasnt the teabaggers walking around with pictures of the president portrayed as a witchdoctor with a bone in his nose, that must have been someone else…

    • Roxiebell

      My bet would be that it was a leftist liberal “photo op” plant.

      • Drew Page

        Roxie  —  I’m with you.   I attended the Tea Party rally in D.C. and had witnessed first hand efforts by at least two demonstrators I knew to be SIEU members who brought signs that could be labeled as racist and who were chanting some obnoxious and vulgar comments about President Obama.   When TV cameras arrived to film this, Tea Party protesters began moving away from these two guys like they had the plague and started shouting, “These people are not with us and we want them to leave.”

    • Jeffreydan

        So sad it was never explained to you: that little nickname you used, just like accusations of racism, is an excellent way to show you can’t argue your position.

        That “someone else” was most likely one of several desperate liberals trying to perpetuate their favorite lie. Any remotely racist signs I see at a rally are turned into kindling in about three seconds.          


  • cmacrider

    Leona:  Thank you for calling a spade a spade.  As a Canadian observer, this “race card” mantra is quite frankly an insult to people’s intelligence and merely displays their ignorance of modern American political history.  America is renowned for its ability to “re-invent itself.”  I recall the rantings of Gov. George Wallace in the 60’s and compare that to the political ethos of the average American conservative today.  It does not take a history scholar to recognize that if Americans “get something wrong” there is no nation which works harder to “get it right.”  In the case of “racism” they did exactly that …. and in my view America should be taking credit for the metamorphosis rather than attempting to degrade their fellow Americans with some idiotic bumper sticker mentality. 

    • Terry Walbert

       “Thank you for calling a spade a spade.”  Oh, what you said!!!!!!

  • GlenFS

    In general, the only people who seem to pay ANY attention to race are those with a strong leftward bent.  For most of the rest of us people are people until they start throwing race around like a knife.  

    They have rendered the “racist” label meaningless by trotting it out for anything and everything that happens or is stated.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who the REAL racists are in this game.

  • robin in fl

    I agree with what you said,but by ‘todays standards” that would make us ‘racists’ in many peoples eyes…..and this is because we,as a society ,be it on the right or the left,have had a need to label everyone that does not see eye to eye with EVERYTHING another person says,so we must ‘label’people now a days..sad but true.
       Once people realize that every human does not have to think just like they do,perhaps then we can get off this cookie cutter labeling mentality we seem to have taken.

        I refuse to defend myself and what I believe or don’t believe 24 /7 anymore.I just say I am mine,If a person(s),who knows nothing about me wants to label me ,that is their problem not mine.

       as far as the DE friending stuff goes??? well since I don’t use Facebook I don’t friend or Defriend people..I just put them on ignore if I really dislike them.

  • GlenFS

    Leona,  I’ll let you speak for me here.  Excellent!  Thank you.

  • Roger Ward

    There’s plenty to dislike about Obama;  his policies are a catastrophe of the first order.  (I’m having difficulty in remembering even one of his policies, actual or proposed, that is of benefit to the American people.)

    If I were to make a list of things I find objectionable about Obama and rank them downward, according to severity of dislike. and if I included the issue of race among them, I’d never get to considering the race issue because there are just too many substantive issues ahead of it.

    I’ll probably never really know if I’m a racist because there’s just not enough time to get that far down the list.  I need to take first things first …. there are so many important things that I find so objectionable about Obama’s policies in line ahead of it.

  • Rick Johnson

    Amen! If Hilary Clinton had won we’d all be anti-woman, even though they have the same big-spending, big-government policies!