I think everyone can agree that there are still race related issues in this country. When you have a Legislator in Arkansas that believes black people should be thankful for slavery, not to mention the Congressman we have all grown to love that believes women's bodies can repel rape semen. It is safe to say that there are still some backward thinking people in this country. 1. I think there have been some democrats that have used the term "racist" a little too loosely. I believe this because although the person may be racist or may have said something with an undercurrent of possibly subconscious prejudice, I can say from experience (being black and having used that term) that using that word outright often eliminates a chance for many people to have a conversation. Nobody wants to be called that term. It can conjure massive amounts of guilt/defensiveness that inhibits an intellectual conversation. Sometimes the person does not fully understand what they have said and didn't intend offense. And sometimes it isn't racist...I've witnessed a lot of people say and do shitty things purely out of our modern day roid-rage on political party loyalty. 2. People who brush away the use of the term "racist" in the belief that is a bygone concept are also preventing serious discussion and are also pretty uninformed. I'd say that everyone is familiar with institutionalized racism, the kinds of things people saw throughout the majority of the 1900s; laws that withheld rights from black people and outspoken discrimination. However, I think that many people (mainly non-minorities and some minorities) are not familiar with slights or prejudice that is under the rug. More than half of the people in this country have not had to once think about whether or not someone was treating them a certain way or speaking to them a certain way because of their appearance growing up. I am friends with a lot of white people, and when one of my white, male friends, one of my best friends, too, who has grown up in predominantly white systems his entire life, tried to shut me down about a conversation on race, I was honestly pretty offended. He very well could have been right, he very well could have been wrong. Yet to sit and say, "psh that is not racist, that is such an old argument," as many of you contributors have stated above, indicates to me that you are not even willing to have the discussion when you most likely have not experienced injustice or maybe even just felt uncomfortable being in the hue of your skin for one day in your life. I have been privileged to grow up in the era that I have. The best testament to this that I can think of is the classic time machine question. If you could go back in time, which time period would you go to?...I never fully understood until college (my current position) that this question kinda sucks ass if you're anything but a white male, and believe me this does not come from a place of hatred or jealousy. It is simply an honest realization. This is the best time period for any minority, whether it is religious doctrine, race, or sexual orientation, in which to exist. And for people, like many Tea Party members, to speak of the good old days and how Obama is destroying that and the fabric of America and everything we once loved and thought true, and when his credibility is questioned every step of the way, as it is now by Mr. Trump...one (a minority) can't help but feel uncomfortable. Sorry this has been so long winded.
In summation, overusing the term "racist" is a double-edged problem. It shuts down people's ability to have a discussion and can often be very insensitive. It has a time and place. Also, if someone like Liz Dwyer, who is a super intelligent person that does her homework and is of a minority makes a case for discrimination - simply telling her that she is lazy in her conclusion because it's "an old argument" is 1,000,000 million times more lazy, especially if you have not walked a mile in her shoes. Have a discussion, people.