Everyone’s a little bit racist – Avenue Q
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Never saw the play. But the soundtrack is hilariously on-point.  Everyone is racist to some degree. Either social climate or political correctness determines just how much of it we let out in public. And in all fairness, no one thinks they’re racist. Each person’s idea of racism is ALWAYS judged in a way that’s non-reflexive- his definition of racism won’t find himself racist. Funny how that works, for all of us.

I can’t say that I’m not racist because I only say bad things about racist White people (vs White people in general, because that’s obviously racist), because it matters how I decide to draw that line. Is it because of what a person does, says, or is it just subjectively that the person “seems” racist to me. By the way they talk, the words they use, their tax bracket, their neighborhood, etc.

Many White people don’t think they’re racist because anything they say/do that’s construed as “racist” is just a snapback to all the minorities who definitely say racist things about White people.

Many Black people don’t think they’re racist because anything they say/do is simply calling out racism in White people. 

Both sides are always fall back on “it’s not actually racist if it’s true.”  Even if it’s true, it may not be racist, but you are racist if that’s all you came up with.

Racism isn’t just a metric scale. It’s a mindset. When it comes to racism, there are no reasons. Only excuses.  And we all have our own excuses.

Want to find out just how racist you sound? In front of your friends and family, say aloud “I am NOT racist because” and list your reasons/excuses. Especially with other races in the room. Let them tell you if that sounded racist or not. In fact, try “I am NOT sexist because” in front of women, close women who know and love you. Before they even say a word, look at their faces as you’re talking. That will tell you everything you need to know.

Racism isn’t just a metric scale. It’s a mindset. When it comes to racism, there are no reasons. Only excuses.  And we all have our own excuses.

 

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