Riiiight, it's racism. Or, perhaps, it's simply pointing out a blatant fact - I, as a white, protestant, male (ironically enough, of English descent on my fathers side) am largely "safe" from the vitriol and hateful rhetoric, not because of anything I've done, but because I won the "lottery of luck" and happen to fall within that blessedly safe category. It is not by my own hand or making. How is it racist to acknowledge that? I certainly haven't seen anyone suggesting rounding up and deporting millions of white christian males, after all... Aye, I am... which is part of why I am able to make this statement - I make it as a member of that "safe" group. If I am offending people (such as yourself) by stating the obvious (that they are largely safe from the persecution that our current election cycle has given rise to and, in many ways, has empowered) then honestly, that isn't a problem with what I'm saying - it's further proof that its true. The fact that the best counterargument you can make to it is "oh it's offensive" kind of says it all. Right... I don't know what fantasy world you live in, but if I simply banned whomever I felt like based on them irritating me, well, for one, I wouldn't still be a moderator... Which, ironically enough, is the exact point I was making... and apparently flew over your head (or did you ignore it in order to facilitate this righteous indignation of yours?) My entire POINT is that, in general, the ones telling people to "calm down and stop worrying" are the ones that, by virtue of who they are, have virtually nothing to worry about. You don't see a bunch of white folk being added to a University of Pennsylvania "Lynch Group" by some supremacist whackjob. This paragraph confounds me... in one breath you are both opposing my entire point, and supporting it... are you perhaps confused about what I was saying? The same struggles that every other racial group has been dealing with as well - the difference being that the non-white ethnicity folk have the added concerns of being attacked by any number of hate groups that we have allowed to not only roam freely, but damn well PROSPER, in some perverted expression of "free speech"... it would seem that folks forget; a persons freedoms end when they infringe upon the freedoms of another. ie, one cannot simply round up a bunch of their redneck buddies and have themselves an "old fashioned fag drag" just because they can't stand the idea that their two male neighbors are in a committed relationship; one cannot simply demand a woman to "get on her knees and service him" simply because he is man and she is woman; one cannot simply call for the absolute destruction of a group of people simply because they have a different religious view or skin tone... In this country, folks have the RIGHT to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is a founding, fundamental, and basic premise upon which this country was founded... there is no "as long as they worship the same God as us" or "as long as they are the same skin colour as us" appended onto that. Much the same, in Christianity: There are no "criteria" on these; it doesn't say to "love thy neighbor unless he worships a different god" or "love thy neighbor unless he loves another man"... no, love thy neighbor, full stop. The simple fact is, a particular group of people has taken to dismissing the concerns of a LARGE part of our population, claiming them to be irrational or unfounded or otherwise foolish; this is wrong. We are SEEING those fears come true every day, as people are attacked, assaulted, and even killed on the streets, guilty of no crime other than "being different" than their attacker. If that point is somehow lost on you, Yazata, then you are part of the problem. Full stop, no negotiation. EDIT - and yes, I am irate over this... extremely so. I have watched people I, at one time, thought were reasonable enough turn around and tell close friends of mine that they are stupid for being afraid, that they have "bought into the liberal propaganda", and at times, even tell them that "well, you are gay so you deserve this; you brought it on yourself!" You are DAMN RIGHT I'm angry. That kind of self entitled horseshit is way out of line, and it is not acceptable.