My new favorite pastime this year is going to be the “racism and run” technique. I mean, since “they” let us have a half black president in 2008, the concept of racism in America is all but a dead soldier, a since-cleaned stain on our collective pasts. Some folks may have missed the memo, and will let things slip, like our pal in Montana, District Court Judge Richard Cebull of Montana. Last week, he sent an email that he “intended to be private communication” that goes as follows…

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

‘A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ ” the e-mail joke reads. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ ”

On its surface, this communication between friends can be taken any number of ways…

-An ill-advised joke passed on by someone who should know better, being a Federal Judge and all.

-An individual who should be more impartial passing on a racially-charged and insensitive kite to people he thought were of like mind.

-A passing of bigotry at the hands of someone who DOES know better and generally conducts themselves better than this in public, but was wronged in confidence.

Either way, the Judge was caught with his hands in the cookie jar and had to talk about it.

And this is where it gets fun. Rather than cop to any number of areas where this might be wrong; among them sharing the poor-taste joke ON ‘COMPANY’ communication lines no less, he chose to apologize for the email becoming public against his intentions and offered my old favorite “I am sorry you’re offended” – a classic play to place the blame for the offensive material onto the offended parties for the act of their being offended in the first place.

When I was younger, before the internets had things to where people should think three times before speaking or sending an email because NOTHING is private anymore, people had to wait until being specifically called on their racism before going into their “I’m can’t racist, some of my best friends are black… black people are some of the funniest people I know” spiel to ward off the probable physical assault for saying something out-of-pocket.

But now? No, as soon as someone is CAUGHT saying something that clearly reflects their feelings, they’re duty-bound to deny not only being racist, but of even possessing the thought processes to think of things in terms of race as it was. If that means that an email that clearly has nothing to do with policy is written off on “I forwarded because I don’t agree with the guy” and people are expected to believe it, then that is the play that will be called on this down.

Within the past couple of weeks, I have heard of the President referred to as a “thug” – something I normally only read in the comments under stories about the NBA – and the same talk show host recently suggested that Nike release a new Jordan on election day as a means of getting that–… um… “Marxist” out of office.

When called on the nonsense, the individual, despite being most often CLEARLY in the wrong, will point to “political correctness” being the bain of this country’s existence as if behaving like reasonable human beings is wrong. When that works, they must become the victim, and if that means the blame must be shifted to those telling them about themselves, then so be it. That is how it becomes acceptable for the apology for the offended party being rightfully offended as it were. And as long as it is known that your INTENTIONS were not to be racist, even if it happened to come out that way, and someone believes it – since remember that racism died on the Altar of the 2008 election – then perhaps YOU are the racist for seeing it as such. I mean, because none of us are ever seen as being outwardly racist, at least until that time we’re seen as being outwardly racist.