Back in June, I wrote a post about the difference between the Republican Party and the KKK. In that, I said at the end:
My answer to the question in the title? The KKK was open about their racism. Sadly, that’s about the only difference.
Events of this week have caused me to change my mind.
Yes, the Republican National Convention released its lineup of speakers. One might note the listing of “full on birthers” having prominent roles, even speaking slots at the convention. Then we have Mitt Romney making a “birther joke” which mainly reads as a “wink and nod” to that particular group. No, it wasn’t funny, Mitt.
Add in the comments by an RNC official about the governor of New Mexico meeting with Indian tribes (which she’s required to by New Mexico law), the various not-so-subtle dog whistles (sirens, really) being spouted by various Republican candidates around the country, as well as the comments on numerous boards from “conservatives.”
So, after this past week, I’ve realized that I was wrong to say that the only difference was that the KKK was open about its racism because the Republicans now are as well. So I have to change my conclusion to the only other real differences: The Republicans don’t wear robes and hoods, and burn crosses. Yet.