Maybe these statements have racial roots but the worst part of this is the ease with which censorship is attempted. This is an argument that has been hashed before and it is shameful that it needs to be continually rehashed. The freedom of speech was not designed to protect speech which is good and wholesome. It was designed to protect our ability to say anything whether other people like it or not. Until we reach a point where racist TALK and sexist TALK and whatever TALK stops being the story of the hour, these issues won't go away. People just need to grow thicker skins and stop worrying about what comes out of others mouths.
I also believe this about politicians. The words coming out of their mouths are a silly distraction from what these people are doing. Their actions are more important. When people act like these people are supposed to be perfect in everything they say, I want ask each and every one of them if they have said things in public that they wished they hadn't.
Why are we allowing people to censor the speech of anyone?