Voting for a Racist Does, in Fact, Make You Racist
No one likes to hear this but complacency or denial of racism or racist ideals is racist, and the support of candidates who have been deemed racist and/or divisive makes you guilty by association. You are “for” what you do not stand against. Walter Rhein breaks this down by offering examples of other transgressions and explains that being blind to injustice or wrongdoing enables those acts.
“It’s no justification to try and claim that you had no idea a person you supported was evil. As a decent person, rooting out evil is one of your primary responsibilities. You can’t sit there and claim that you get to believe anything you like and that you shouldn’t be held accountable when you enable the behavior of cruel and oppressive people,” Rhein writes. “If you can’t be bothered to recognize evil when you see it, then you shouldn’t be voting.”