Wherein I attempt to have a discussion on racial politics in D&D. The always worth reding Ta-Nahesis Coates writes about the conservative approach to race. I'm not going to block quote him, just go and read. His point is, I think, very salient. Conservatives view racism and racial injustice not as issues in and of themselves, to be discussed, explored, and addressed, but rather as political attacks. This can be seen in a variety of contexts, e.g., the incessant pointing out that during the early part of the twentieth century it was the Democrats who were the party of Southern white supremacy, that Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK, etc. The ultimate example is the incessant use of the race card, that is, accusing anyone who points out racism or racial injustice as being motivated only by a desire to gain political advantage. It's a pretty cynical approach to what is still a serious and salient issue in this country. Oddly, it gets mirrored in other areas. Over in the Sanctum there's a thread discussing how some conservatives are responding to a story about Mitt Romney's supposed mistreatment of his dog c. 1981 with a story about the President eating dog in Indonesia when he was seven years old. The issue becomes not one of animal cruelty (and if the story about Romney is true it certainly rises to the level of animal cruelty) but rather just the degree to which it can be used as an attack. See also the recent war on women nonsense, wherein conservatives engage in some nasty overreach on women's health issues, and then turn around and insist that it's really Democrats who are against women. Once again, the actual issue doesn't matter, it's just the degree to which you can use accusations as a wedge. Really I'm not sure where else to go with this, other than to observe that it's pretty shitty and unfortunate, and it gets in the way of this country making progress on a whole host of serious issues.