Kevin Costner is not known for his conservative viewpoint.

But once in a while, even liberals get it right.

The academy award winner and vocal supporter of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign told Variety during a recent interview that he believes that race gets injected into too many arguments by the losing side.

Costner said that too many agenda-driven people work too hard to be sure they are heard, whether or not they even know what they’re talking about.

“What is the truth?” he asked rhetorically. “I don’t know anymore – and we have 500 people trying to tell us.”

Race, he said, becomes a topic of argumentation for those who have no better point to make.

“It gets talked about,” he said, “but what I think happens is a lot of times a conversation gets stopped dead in its tracks because if somebody thinks they are losing, race comes up even if the word has no place in the discussion.”

Costner suggested that race is often a valid topic of conversation, but not in every situation (H/T Western Journalism).

“Oftentimes we just feel we know how to talk about it and if someone feels they are losing the argument, the conversation breaks up, it stops, it just comes to a shrieking halt.”

Unfortunately, Costner is exactly right. Too often, people play the race card either to avoid losing an argument or simply because it’s the only card they have.

As a result, important socioeconomic issues are avoided and topics like individual opportunity and responsibility are ignored.

If you have any doubts about that, watch Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show for about 20 minutes.

We hate to wish that on anyone, but it ought to clear up any confusion you might have.

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