Some other notes touching on the subjects of the last couple of days:
--If you're a Republican in Mississippi, odds are you think interracial marriage should be illegal. Let that one sink in for a minute. This is one example of how there's a huge disconnect between what people generally consider to be socially acceptable for public discussion, and what they actually believe. And since the vast majority of Americans like to keep a veneer of decency over their sentiments, racial animosity surfaces in all sorts of weird and unexpected ways.
--Exhibit A is the "birther" phenomenon. Some polls show a majority of Republicans believing some form of "The President is not a citizen" conspiracy. Again, yes we're easily deluded, but there is one reason why birtherism happens to exist with this President rather than George W. Bush or any previous president. Namely, that the President is a black guy with a funny name. It just shows how shallow and ignorant the perceptions of a significant minority of Americans are. Hopefully true conservatives will work hard at uprooting this cancer from within their party.
--Weirdly, amidst all the repressed racism that is only allowed to surface in the form of weird conspiracies, some national figures are given a free pass to be explicitly racist. Rush Limbaugh, for example, has stated that the way to understand these past two years is that Barack Obama is a black man with a chip on his shoulder, who is angry about the history of this country, and is thus purposely destroying the American economy as a form of payback. It would be laughable if it weren't so sad. Did you know the President of the United States, George W. Bush, appeared on Limbaugh's show? And you want to try to tell me racism is no longer a problem in America. Also on the laughable if it weren't so sad front, many Christians value Rush's perspective, apparently unaware that that discredits their Christian witness.