At least there are plenty of folks out there calling shenanigans on the race baiters on all sides. Let us go over some things:
1. Acting like a jackass does not make you a racist. Rep. Joe Wilson is now a hero of the right wing because too many people have overreacted to his overreaction. MTV has never had a more talked about VMA show.
2. Kids beating up other kids on school busses happens All. The. Time. It sucks, let my nerdy ass tell you. This is what happens when you systematically neglect your school systems, and do not punish children appropriately for their behavior. Bullshit is the Drudge Report, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh all acting like this is some new thing in "Obama's America." Luckily, some conservatives are recognizing where the hyperbole train will take us, and aren't afraid to say so.
3. And to top it all off, while the nation's pundit class are busy chasing around all the innuendo and politically motivated cries of racism, an event that may turn out to be the real deal is getting the quiet treatment nationwide.
(Hat tips to Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman of the AJC. Those two are on the ball this week.)