I could have sworn you were a fellow country boy. If so, being put down means being exterminated, euthanized, aka killed.
I am very passionate about racism too. This whole thing pisses me off, and quite frankly scares the shit out of me. If the SHTF here in DFW, anyone and everyone could be gunning for my wife and I.
Still, we have to be very careful about writing about anything that could imply the elimination of any group of people. We have to espouse peace, love, and unity and confront all who espouse violence, hatred and division.
God bless you,