I started a website called Yo, Is This Racist?, where (almost exclusively white) people can write in and get my extremely ill-informed opinion about whether or not something is racist. Now I’m an expert on this shit.
Lately, racists have been really worked up about making sure people know they are friends with, and have interest in, people of color. Maybe it was watching Mitt Romney quote “Who Let the Dogs Out”. Maybe it was The Help. Maybe racists are really trying to better themselves haha no.
anonymous asked: If my friends and I all call each other by racist nicknames based on our ethnic backgrounds – Paddy, Chink (me), Towelhead, Nazi, etc…BUT would beat the crap out of anyone who did it unaffectionately, is that racist?
Congratulations on taking “I have black friends too” and turning it into a whole United Colours Of Benetton campaign. Look, the thing with shit like this isn’t so much that you get your titters from desensitizing yourself to racial slurs by turning them into affectionate (ish) swears between your friends, but isn’t it just kind of exhausting keeping up the whole “equal opportunity offender” thing? Seriously, if nothing else, doesn’t the oppressive wackness get you down after a while?
BUT ALSO, obviously, the problem with shit like this is, even if your Band of Almost Tediously Collected, Verging on Tokenist Diverse Brothers still finds it somehow amusing to keep this up, you’re seriously going to ultimately find that doing what you can to reduce the amount of racist language flying around in the fucking world is really the way to go.
anonymous asked: I am a very white neonatal nurse. I think the non-white babies are most often way cuter than the white babies. This seems like it is racist.
Yo, white people love the fuck out of talking about how cute they think non-white babies are. And look, this is not the worst thing, but it should be pointed out that this shit is the kind of subtle infantilizing of people of color that is ultimately a little destructive. Lady (I assume, sorry if you’re not), you know why non-white babies look so cute to you? Because you see them as harmless and because you have 100% power over them.
Also, all babies are equally precious and adorable, don’t hate on those Village-of-the-Damned-looking kids, them shits got psychic powers.
anonymous asked: My friend is black. i accidentally said naacp basketball instead of ncaa. he seemed to be cool but idk. is it racist?
Oh damn. Normally “my friend is black” is such a reliable warning that you’re about to hear some racist shit, but in this case, I think you’re OK. Maybe start trying to break the association in your brain between the phrase “double-A” and “black,” but that shit could probably happen to anyone.
anonymous asked: At work we have a “Race and Social Justice Change Team”, and its white members are referred to as “White Allies”. I won’t go into why they have failed at creating legitimate discussion about race or done anything to address actual sources and causes of racism, and I don’t really want to get all whiny and paranoid and entitled about “reverse racism”. I guess my question is: does “White Allies” sound like a white supremacist group to anyone else?
Rejected Original Names For ‘White Allies’:
The Ku Klux Friends
The Reich Stuff
Nice And Zealously Integrated Staff
National Association for the Advancement of Creative Problem Solving
Photo from Black People Love Us