Rhetoric runs risk of rationalizing real racists

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Valley News - Opinion
Political liberals have the right to free speech, so I won’t contest their right to call me a racist. I didn’t say that I am a racist; I said that those who disagree with me can use the term “racist” to express our difference of opinion. I don’t get offended easily; to me, Snowflake is a town in eastern Arizona co-founded by an ancestor of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. While I support the right of others to call me a racist based on my sentiments of government rather than my treatment of non-Whites, I must also warn the political left that redefining racism based on political beliefs creates the risk of acceptance of racism and could legitimatize the true White supremacists by linking them with those who support equality for benefiting from limited-government public policy.
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