I think the term racism is misused and misunderstood and is merely a way to incite some type of excited response from people. While racism is still present in our society, I don’t think its as prevalent as in decades past. I think most of the types of comments highlighted above lean more towards prejudice and ignorance rather than racism. To me, prejudice is: there is a minority male approaching me, I will cross the street because he makes me nervous. Racism is, in the same scenario: I want to kill that man approaching me just because he isn’t like me. Most of those comments come from preconceived biases, stereotypes perpetrated by those who stand to profit from it (the media, entertainers, politicians, so called “community leaders”), the lack of understanding our nation’s history and just the inexperience of interacting with people of different backgrounds. So while I would not condemn the above commenters as racist, they are definitely stupid.