The power of bigoted words

From watching and reading opinion pieces, I’ve seen a lot of talk, from both people who support Trump and who do not, that they think the presumptive GOP nominee is not actually, in his heart of hearts, a racist.

To be fair, I don’t personally believe that Donald Trump has any real convictions. I think he’ll just let whatever verbal diarrhea spew out of his mouth that will advance his current pet project, this one namely the presidency of the United States.

So is there really a difference between being racist and just saying things that sound very racist?

Let me answer that question with another question: why the hell does it matter?

Saying, or tweeting, bigoted things on the national stage sets a precedent and example for all of the actual bigots in this country. It says loud and clear: it is okay and acceptable to say and think these things today, in America, in the year 2016.

Critics of so-called ‘political correctness’ and other Trump defenders need to think long and hard about the message they are sending not only the citizens of this country but of the world.


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