As much as I also agree with the other posts above (as well as the fact that I am also non-white American), I sometimes think these headlines are a bit sensationalist, and trying to blow up the idiotic/uneducated views of a small number of people, into some sort of national crisis of "two sides of America." I have read this BuzzFeed article, as well as similar articles on CNN, Huffington Post, MSNBC, etc. I notice that all these outlets seem to be recycling the same 15 or 20 racist tweets - so I am struggling to see how the views of a handful of idiots suggests a divided America. Yes, racism certainly exists, but if we enter a society where no racism exists, we will always have a tiny percent of the population that are idiots, and makes stupid comments like this. Does that mean that society is racist? Absolutely not.
One of the biggest criticisms has been against Todd Starnes - a member of Fox News - for his tweet: "The liberal Miss America judges won't say this - but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values."
People have misconstrued this to no end, and suggested that it represents his view that "American values" suggests being white. I have discussed this with a couple of other people on E, and we reached the same conclusion that Todd Starnes himself openly discussed in an article: "The American values I referred to were her military service, her support of the Second Amendment and her devotion to God." (Source
) Whether or not we agree with that analysis, or whether or not we believe in God, Starnes is essentially saying that we, as Americans, despite coming from so many backgrounds and cultures, do indeed have a core set of distinctly American principles, that gives us a national identity. Again, it is not a matter of whether one is religious or not, or likes guns - it is about a cultural heritage as Americans. For example, if you go to any given central European country, you will see people still celebrate Christianity as a cultural tradition (not necessarily as a religious one), since it serves as an important aspect of their heritage - and ultimately still unites a diverse set of people of all views (atheists, agnostics, christians, so on) simply as a cultural element, rather than as a religious one.
On that same token, is it racist to suggest that someone who enjoys going to community get-togethers, is patriotic, barbecues, hunts, and tail-gates high school football games, represents the American culture more than someone who does not? If so, we truly have become an overly-politically-correct society. America represents a multicultural society and as a result, we have an obligation to respect all ways of life and cultural traditions. But the United States has always been a melting pot with a distinct "American way of life." To me, and many other people, being a real American is more than simply being born in the United States - it represents embodying the American cultural norms and having a passion for civic duty. Suggesting that we are a country with no sort of community fabric or common shared principles (regardless of our backgrounds) is weakening us, rather than strengthening us. More so than ever, we are a nation of people who segregate ourselves based on our political views, our cultural views, our heritage, and so on - which I think is a terrible shame.
I realize that given the views of most posters on E, this will not be a popular view. Whether or not you agree with my views, I find it remarkable that any sort of discourse on ideologies in public suddenly becomes deemed racial discrimination.