Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
We have choices. We can educate, we can live by example, we can even try to persuade, but we should also realize that we can't control minds and that everyone is entitled to their opinions.
While we often perceive racism where there is none, we often don't notice or even ignore actual racism, regardless of color.
We look at the Bundys of this world distance ourselves from them, while guys like Sharpton aren't that much different. But the Sharptons have a right to their bigotry, while the Bundys don't, I suppose.
Ideally, both the Bundys and the Sharptons getting together in an attempt to unite would be very refreshing, but I won't hold my breath. Taking sides, even milking both sides, is more profitable and exciting.
Being a racist isn't against the law. Nobody is going to arrest Stirling and Bundy, or throw them in prison for the crime of being racist.
However, racist words and actions have consequences, and both are reaping those consequences now. I won't lose a minute's sleep over either of them. They're both scum.