American Culture

You might be a racist if….

MAGA is racist. So is building DAPL, and ending DACA, and even the full Star-Spangled Banner poem. If you support all those things, you might be racist too.

If you kept watching football after players committed dog fighting, murder, domestic violence, et al but stopped when players took a knee, you might be a racist.

If you call NFL players who take a knee “thugs,” you might be a racist.

If you ignored Colin Kaepernick’s stated reasons for taking a knee and instead made it about the flag or the national anthem or whatever you wanted it to be about, you might be a racist.

If you think Black Lives Matters is a terrorist organization, you might be a racist.

If you call for peaceful protests after rioting by blacks, but reject those peaceful protests when they happen, you might be a racist.

If you feel threatened by dark-skinned people who are otherwise going about their day normally, you might be a racist.

If you have ever tried to downplay how blacks are treated by police in the US, you might be a racist.

If you support concealed-carry, but thought Philando Castile got himself killed, you might be a racist.

If you support “three strikes you’re out” laws, you might be a racist.

If your first thought when you see a hispanic or black is “possible gang-banger,” you might be a racist.

If you wouldn’t ever consider someone with a criminal record for a position at your company, you might be racist.

If you made money from a) selling sub-prime mortgages or b) foreclosing on people’s homes during the sub-prime mortgage crisis, you might be a racist.

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If you engage in NIMBYism but are fine with polluters going into poor, minority neighborhoods, you might be a racist.

If you wouldn’t put an oil pipeline through a church but you’re OK with putting it through sacred Native American lands, you might be a racist

If you think sanctuary cities should be punished, you might be a racist.

If you call undocumented immigrants “illegals,” you might be racist.

If you support ending DACA, you might be a racist.

If you’re unwilling to pay citizens or permanent resident aliens a minimum wage for construction or farm work and instead pay undocumented workers below the legal minimum wage, you might be a racist.

If you think it’s a good idea to purge inactive voter lists if the voter doesn’t respond to a letter, you might be a racist.

If you support voter ID laws, you might be a racist.

If you proudly fly the Confederate flag or wear it, you might be a racist.

If you equate anti-fascist counter-protesters with Nazis and white supremacists, you might be a racist.

 

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If you think it’s OK to cut funding to de-radicalization organizations in the US who pull people out of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, you might be a racist.

If you think there wasn’t any racism until Obama came along, you might be a racist.

If you believe Obama wasn’t a US citizen, you might be a racist.

If you think that Joe Arpaio deserved his pardon, you might be a racist.

If you’re OK with the President illegally calling for ESPN host Jemele Hill to be fired, you might be a racist.

If you can still sing the national anthem after you learned about its explicitly racist verses, you might be a racist.

If you think slave-owning Andrew Jackson should be on the $20 bill but Abolitionist escaped slave Harriet Tubman should not, you might be a racist.

If you think that you don’t benefit from slavery just because you weren’t alive then, you might be a racist.

If you begin sentences with “I’m not a racist, but…,” you might be a racist.

If you think that being “colorblind” means that you can’t be racist, you might be a racist.

If you see yourself in any of these (like I do) and are uncomfortable with that fact, then congratulations, you’ve just discovered how structural racism affects your attitudes and beliefs even when you don’t realize it’s happening.

Finally, if you heard the things that Donald said during his campaign, knew that “Make America Great Again” was a racist dog whistle, and you still support him, you are a racist.

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