Sadly, the term ‘racist’ has become a label equivalent to hatred. A true racist is someone who is proud of the race or group their ancestors come from, believes that the heritage of that race or group is important and must be protected, and believes that those of the same race or group have an inherent relationship because of the shared background. Unfortunately, people confuse bigotry with racism because of the lengths some will go to achieve the criteria listed above. Racism turns into bigotry when the person is willing to achieve the above goals at the expense of another’s right to do the same. If you accept my definition and you had never thought of that before, how does that change your view of some whites? Does it change your view of some blacks? If it doesn’t do either, I believe it should have, or you’re not being honest with yourself.