The word is being sprayed in all directions, creating a hall of mirrors that is draining the scarlet R of its meaning and its power, turning it into more of a spitball than a stigma.
"It gets to the point where we don't have a word that we use to call people racist who actually are," said John McWhorter, who studies race and language at the conservative Manhattan Institute.
"The more abstract and the more abusive we get in the way we use the words, then the harder it is to talk about what we originally meant by those terms," he said.
That's an easy charge to make against the rare individual carrying an "Obamacare" sign depicting the president as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose. But it's almost impossible to prove — or refute — assertions that bias, and not raw politics, fuels opposition to Obama.
"You have to be very careful about going down that road. You've cried wolf," said Sean Wilentz, a Princeton University professor who studies U.S. political and social history.
"It's a way of interpreting the world, where race runs through everything — everything is about race," said Wilentz, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 and claimed Obama's campaign falsely accused her of stoking racial fears.
Note to Obamabots- If someone does not like Obama's socialistic tendencies, they are not racist, they are again the government running everything.
If someone is against spending trillions of dollars our country simply does not have, they are not racist, they are fiscally responsible.
If someone does agree with Obama's policies, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin and everything to do with his policies.
That simple and clear enough?
In fact, the people that scream "racism" the most often are the only ones even mentioning Obama's race.
What does that make them?