With racism and police brutality in the headlines, I feel the need to engage and educate the ignorants on the issues of race and how to know if you are a racist. Get your pens or Iphone notepad out, this may be difficult for some of you to grasp.
1. Everybody around you looks like you:
If your friends and workers circle look like the first 5 seasons of Friends, then you’re probably a racist. A lack of interaction means a lack of tangibility or accessibility, a lack of tangibility leads to a lack of empathy. Go talk to that one employee you might have ignored or be threatened by or tried to get fired. See how life is for them, you may be surprised that they are complex creatures with feelings, emotions and thoughts. If everyone around you looks exactly like you and you have no interaction with persons of color besides a mugshots on the local evening news, Chances are you may be a racist.
2. You Deny Racism
Bill O’Reilly, Rush ‘Fatman” Limbaugh, Glen Beck and several others are guilty of this. They attempt to diminish or defect racist acts in order to avert attention from their subject. If 9 BLACK churchgoers in a historically BLACK church being shot by a WHITE SUPREMACIST isn’t racism then I don’t know what is to be honest. Denying Racism is the new Racism.
3. Fox New is your GO-To
If you are an avid watcher of Fox News then you’re probably racist. Fox ‘News” knows this and panders to your deepest fears. I use the term ‘news’ loosely because Faux News is mainly a bunch of old white men screaming racist shit to a choir of.. you guessed it, a bunch old racist white men. When is the last time you’ve seen a favorable story about a minority on Fox News?
4. “Black People problems are their own..”
Yes, slavery ended several hundred years ago..and that could be a valid argument had laws and regulation of black life been put into place for the last 200 years to make life a living hell for black people. Racist deny these laws or any sort of barriers exist for people of color. The they turnaround and blame black people for their problems with white supremacy. It’s become almost as systematic as racism itself. DENY AND DEFLECT, DENY AND DEFLECT, DENY AND DEFLECT.
5. You look at black or brown people in a negative light
This is hard for most racists because they want to believe that they’re above that way of thinking and ‘they see no color.’ Red is a color, blue is a color, green is a color and black is a color. We all see colors because we have these things called eyes and unless you’re a moron you’d be stupid to think otherwise. Now sit and think, have ever found a black man or women intimidating or threatening just for them being themselves? then you ARE racist. Have you found black men and women to be ‘aggressive’ or ‘too loud’ to the point you feared for your safety, even when there was no rational reason ? Have you ever looked at a black or brown person and found them inferior to you? Then you are, my friend, racist.
If you found yourself agreeing with any of these 5 steps, then darling you are racist. Let’s say it together, MY NAME IS _____ AND I AM RACIST. See, that was easy. Now take the steps to change it.
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