re: #5 HappyWarrior
A lot of people assume that racism is a matter of the heart, and once you have made that assumption you have conceded the point of whether a person is or is not racist because how can anyone truly know the content of another person’s heart?
And another assumption is that racism only really ever shows itself in symbols. Swastikas, the “n-word”, white hoods, burning crosses, etc…
No, what counts is behavior and whether it affects people of a certain racial/ethnic background in a discriminatory and negative way. It’s not so much important for the people discriminated against whether the people informing the policies causing the discrimination do it out of hateful conviction or opportunistic calculation. It is also not important to them whether the discrimination happens under the Confederate flag or a variety of corporate logos.
Wrenchwench is very on target to question Romney’s choice of aides and advisors.