I hope Dave Wiegel and others pay attention to TNC:
It’s been asked in comments, a few times, what good has come of the NAACP’s resolution. I would not endeavor to speak for anyone but myself when I say that I owe the NAACP a debt of gratitude. I have, in my writing, a tendency to become theoretically cute, and overly enamored with my own fair-mindedness. Such vanity has lately been manifested in the form of phrases like “it’s worth saying” and “it strikes me that…” or “respectfully…”
When engaging your adversaries, that approach has its place. But it’s worth saying that there are other approaches and other places. Among them–respectfully administering the occasional reminder as to the precise nature of the motherfuckers you are dealing with. It strikes me that this is a most appropriate role for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
I understand Dave’s point– if you call them names they will just get their dander up more, but sometimes the only thing you can do is to, as TNC notes, call racists what they are and forget about engagement. Frankly, I don’t give a shit if it upsets Williams to be called a racist.