I never used to be a skeptic... But I've been prodded into the agnostic camp a few hard to dispel questions. Some things about the broadcast for instance... Watching an interview on satellite from the Tour De France - to Lance Armstrong in Colorado - the delays were noticeable. Now multiply that by many thousands.
This guy asked some interesting questions. Another fellow pointed to the lack of effective shielding, etc. ... But I'm open minded in all directions.
I've heard the quote - in context. He said that there were good people on both sides. Defending monuments to the Confederacy - erected as part of a resurgence of the Klan - around the early part of last Century - doesn't make you a "good people".
I'm glad you're not a racist. But distorting reality to minimize and downplay racism - is a poor way to show that. The Tea Party was funded by the Koch Brothers. It had a deep strain of racism cooked into it - as with the "Birther" movement. They were part of the same racist reaction - to America's first half-Cheney President, a moderate Republican - who adopted the Heritage Foundation's model for healthcare.
Don't feel bad. There are plenty of well-intended racists who call themselves Democrats as well. I call them on their racism when I see it. But strong reaction of denial - minus any real attempt at introspection - or a good understanding of racism - is pretty typical.