I don't believe that there is a uniform American culture, so the hyphens don't bother me much. I also don't think that acknowledging the cultural aspects of the hyphenation means that you don't view people equally.IMO, any group that pushes an agenda based solely on the color of one's skin is racist. We are Americans, not hyphenated Americans. It's time we stop separating ourselves with pre-fixes and start viewing each other as equals.
Many people don't proclaim their racism in public because it's not a popular position. And racism is not a uniquely southern thing. Not even close. Hell, I'd say Chicago has as many racists as any place in the south, if not more. And I have seen them here. I know a few that regularly attend tea party events, too. Sure, they say that they aren't racist while in the company of others, and you'd never guess it just by looking at them at these rallies because they don't advertise it.I've been to Tea Party events Tucker, and in the deep south. I've seen no racism whatsoever at these events. If it isn't here in the deep south, where is it then?
You not having witnessed them there doesn't mean they aren't there. There is still a lot of racism in the US.Sure, there are a few here and there, but I have not witnessed any racists at any event I've been to.
Hell, I know a bunch of people who believe they aren't racist, but they are. My own grandmother is an example. She's absolutely terrified of black people. If she sees one, she automatically clutches her purse. She's racist as all hell, but she's completely oblivious to it. I make fun of her for it and she says "I'm not racist! I'm just cautious! You never know" And I say "Yeah, cautious around black people." she doesn't hate black people, she just discriminates against them. She believed the crap she was told when she was younger. I'm not going to change her just by pointing out that it's wrong. But she thinks that by not hating black people, she can't be racist. That's also incorrect.
I'm also sure my grandmother isn't unique in this. Nor is it only her age group that has these issues. I'm also fairly confident that more than 5% of any large group of people will be of this type. How much more than 5%, I cannot say.