I’ve been seeing a lot about how conservatism, when separated from Republicanism, isn’t necessarily sexist/racist/homophobic/etc
Actually, it is. There are other ways to oppress people besides through the federal government, and a federal government that ignores oppression of certain groups of its citizens and leaves them powerless is an oppressive government. You can oppress queer people without denying us marriage rights. You can oppress women and others with uteri without denying us abortions. You can oppress people of color without throwing them in prison disproportionately (although not doing that would certainly make a huge difference).
I could easily see this type of Conservative Small Government allowing me to marry a woman but giving me no protection when I get fired for being queer. I could see it denying people not only welfare, food stamps, and affordable healthcare, but even a minimum wage. I could get raped in a country with a government like that, and there will be no way for me to find help and justice because everybody *still* thinks I deserved it and the police think it’s not their problem. We can theoretically get as many abortions as we want, but we won’t be able to afford them unless we’re lucky enough to work in an industry that offers reasonable insurance. People of color will still be half as likely to get called for an interview as a white person with an identical resume, and they will still be socially and economically disadvantaged in almost every way they are now.
Some will claim that this is not oppression because it’s not intentional like it is with Republicans. Sorry, but incidental oppression is still oppression. Pretending that race doesn’t exist is still oppression. I’d almost rather deal with Republican conservatives because at least they’re upfront about who they are and aren’t fighting for, and I know where I stand with them.