The questions conservatives need to ask is why are they being labeled as "racists". If you look at history from the 1960's through today. The answer is clear. The Republican party was taken over by the Conservative movement and abandoned Lincoln for Goldwater. The Republican party is no longer the party of Lincoln. Republicans used white middle class backlash against civil rights to create a white majority party. They used race to divide America to drive liberal whites and minorities to the Democratic Party. Suburban Whites and segregationists to the Republican Party.