Mr. and Mrs. Blunt and Cranky, for all that we are white, sometimes use “Ethnic” (a euphemism for “black”) hair care products. Hey, ya use what works. So we went into a CVS store today, looking for a jar of Doo Gro, and could not find any.

After we asked several times, one of the (white) store clerks told us (with a church-lady sniff), “we don’t carry THAT type of product”. To say that we were shocked doesn’t begin to capture our reaction. To say we were hugely pissed off doesn’t either.

This is an example of “soft racism”. By not providing a product to a community, members of that community know they are not welcome, and so they self-exclude. So this particular CVS can claim that they are not doing anything overtly racist, but by taking these actions, they are acting in a hugely racist manner.

The other face of racism is the hateful, constipated, ignorant mug of Cliven Bundy, the thief and terrorist that lays his racism right out there. Vis and to wit:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

That is hard racism, the racism that everyone sees and acknowledges. It is vile, contemptible and has no place in this great nation. But is it any worse than the sneaky, passive-aggressive, cowardly, chicken-s*** racism at that Midwestern pharmacy?

No. No, they both suck. Racism is an evil that needs to be rooted out, thrown on the dung heap of history and set alight, burnt away and the ashes dumped in the ocean, never more to be seen again. No matter the “style” of racism, it is all equally despicable.

Note that not all Nevada ranchers are thieving, scumbag hate machines. Nor is every CVS stocked by bigoted f***wits. It is a good thing that most of us have traveled beyond the days of yore, and I do not minimize the progress that has been made.

But as long as places like that CVS store and people like Cliven Bundy can become rich or famous (or both) by hating black people, we are still SO f***ed. Let’s help to marginalize the lot of them, so they can no longer spread their poison across the globe.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky