Warning: This post does not claim I do not say stupid things myself!
White Americans say plenty of stupid things. In no particular order, these are the ones that make me wonder the most about their intelligence (those with links have posts of their own):
- “I’m not racist but…” followed by something completely racist. Who does this fool?
- “Not all Whites…” – said even when I just said “some Whites” or “many Whites”.
- “Some of my best friends are Black.” – said to prove they are not racist. I thought this was laughed to shame in 1968, but people still say it with a straight face. (I have, *cringe*, used this myself in regard to Indo-Caribbeans.)
- “All lives matter.” Then what is so wrong with saying “Black lives matter”?
- “My grandmother…” followed by something racist she said or did, as if the person telling the story cannot possibly be racist too. As if we all have those grandmothers.
- “I don’t see colour.” Said by people who can see colour. Said by the very people who are made uncomfortable by your colour. Said as if there is something wrong with being a different colour.
- “You’re racist for saying I’m racist.” Pointing out racism is not racism.
- “It’s heritage not hate.” It’s both.
- “It’s not racist. It was a joke …” It was both.
- “It’s not racist. It’s true.” No, it just means you are probably racist. Racists, like everyone else, only believe in stuff they think is true.
- “It’s not racist, you’re just being oversensitive.” That statement is itself racist since it tells a person of colour how to feel.
- “Blacks imagine racism.” Millions of them all at the same time?
- “By talking about racism you are keeping it alive.” I would not have to talk about it if it was not already alive.
- “If Blacks can say the N-word, why can’t I?” Because Whites have used it as a racist word for hundreds of years and still do. Is that fair?
- “Mexicans should go back where they came from.” Sure, as soon as Whites do.
- “You have BET. If we had WET, we’d be racists.” You do and you are. What do you think ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MTV and the History Channel are?
- “I’ve been jumped by blacks.” Said as if this is somehow equal to slavery, Jim Crow and structural racism.
- “Where are you from?” Said to people with an American accent as if they come from a foreign country. How does that make sense?
- “Anyone who works hard can get ahead.” Said by people old enough to know better.
- “Slavery was 400 years ago. Get over it.” As soon as Whites pay reparations. Or as soon as they get over 9/11 and the Holocaust.
- “It’s not like YOU were ever a slave. I don’t understand why race is even an issue for you.” Because racism did not end with slavery.
- “But my black friend wasn’t offended” If he were, would you still be friends? Are all Black people the same?
– Abagond, 2015.
- many of these are:
- BMA: Black Mental Age
- Stuff White People Probably Shouldn’t Say