"Why are you calling me a racist?"Submitted by TommyPaine on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 13:51
Ah, yes. The race card. Played so often. Tends to trump political discussion more than one would expect. But I have an idea.
Two can play that game.
The race card, as it is usually played, is a logical fallacy known as red herring, which is a statement intended to distract from the subject.
If Joe says, "Obama is wrong about healthcare," and Larry says, "You're just a racist," then we know that Larry is not discussing the subject. He is trying to change the subject and distract. Probably because he is incapable of engaging in the conversation.
Today, the race card is the #1 red herring used in political discussions. So, let's start to use it as a tool to get people to see THEIR OWN logical fallacies.
A conversation might go like this:
Joe: I am concerned that all this war mongering about Syria might be another situation like Iraq where they claimed Hussein had WMD's when he really didn't.
Larry: Ah, yes ... another conspiracy theory! Everything's one big conspiracy with you, huh?
Joe: Why are you calling me a racist?
Larry: What ???!!!&@^?? I did NOT call you a racist!
Joe: Yes, I know, but you are trying to change the subject just like when people call someone a racist for no reason. You have no reason to talk about conspiracy theories. I brought up a legitimate point that the government lied about Iraq and WMD's and you responded with something completely unrelated, just like if someone called you a racist for not agreeing with them. Now, do you want to discuss Syria in an intelligent manner, or do you just want to call each other names?