Most of us are familiar with the game of hide and seek.

Lots of noisy fun for pre-teen kids all over the world.

When the game is played by children, the participants understand the nature and essence of the game to the extent that no one resents being found or caught out...

The players simply accept their fate and take their turn at being the one who must become the seeker or searcher as the rest of the players run and hide during the count...

This attitude doesn't transfer into the adult world when hide and seek is played with the facts and truths of life...

The need to hide the facts and the truths about one's self tends to supersede the moral imperatives imbued in concerns about honesty and fair play.

Too many people believe that regarding their attitudes and behaviors relating to the matters and issues pertaining to race, the excuses, rationales, justifications, platitudes, and euphemisms they employ or invoke prove adequate and sufficient cover for the personal realities they wish hide or conceal.

Thus, when someone catches them in their bigoted folly and calls them out, they instantaneously become resentfully defensive, hostile, belligerent, and in some cases vehement in their denial and react to the situation violently or with the threat of violence.

This seems to be especially true when they are forced to acknowledge and recognize that with all of their attempts to obfuscate and hide the truth, the real, if not only, victim of the deception is themselves.

When they look in the mirror and see themselves for who and what they truly are, the visage is unsettling and can be often be quite disturbing....

....However, in regard to the racism and bigotry they think they've hidden from view, some are not at all disturbed by what they see in and of themselves when they're caught out as they might be in a children's game of hide and seek....

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Comment by Dicky Neely on November 19, 2018 at 3:11pm

Many racists regularly say "I am not a racist!"

Comment by Ben Sen on November 20, 2018 at 9:45am

I was talking on the phone to a retired NYC cop yesterday who made it absolutely clear he was a racist by saying that his old neighborhood, "has gone to the devil." As soon as he said it, he asked for verification of my ethnic identity given my name.  Then he started recommending right wing books I'm supposed to read, predicting the apocalypse.  Whether from the right or left, apocalyptic thinking to my mind means the person is ideologically possessed.  That is to say their views are populist and not based on individual scrutiny based on themselves or the interests of the nation as a whole.  The real battle is over the creation of a social conscience in ourselves and in the culture we are a part of.

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 20, 2018 at 3:08pm

I love the look in the bully's eye, right as he realizes you aren't slowing down but winding up. I've been kicking racists asses all my life, including haoles here in the Islands, and if I was 25 no would join Antifa in a hot second. I also still go to the dojo three nights a week, and, on occasion, surprise the hell out of a younger man who thinks he is a bully boy, but in fact never put in the work.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 27, 2018 at 2:40pm

Racism is obviously alive and unwell in America, though I must say over my 74 years on this planet, things are not as bad as they used to be. But the rise of the Tea Party/Trumpanzees leads me to fear we would be headed back to the "good old days", when women and people of color knew their place – and stayed in it.

One of the most glaring examples of racism I've personally witnessed was my next door neighbor Dave in Orlando (Pinecastle), who bitched about the neighborhood going to hell, what with all the spics moving in – the bitter irony in his disgusting remark was that he was married to a beautiful Latina gal. I would be surprised if they are still married.

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