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Racism is the new fascism--a word that means anything or nothing. Using this word allows the speaker to avoid the arduous task of thinking for himself.
Chait needs to go back and retake history, the non-liberal version. The Republicans freed the slaves and the Civil Rights Act. It was Democrats who opposed both. The KKK was the paramilitary arm of the Democrat Party at one time and prominent Democrats such as Al Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd (an unrepentant KKK thug) both tried to filibuster the CRA.
The Colossus of Rhodey: Today in "This is racist"