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3 Types of Racists That Are More Dangerous Than What You Think a Racist Looks Like

24 Aug

Millions March NYC

My favorite comedian duo, Key and Peele, once joked that “‘Racist’ is the N-word for white people.”

While this phrase is highly problematic, as there is no white N-word equivalent, I can’t think of anything I could say that would piss off my white friends and associates more than to call them racists.

Call someone racist, and they’ll clutch their pearls and pull out a rolodex of friends of color who can vouch for their “wokeness.”

They’ll explain how they’re not voting for Trump, how they love diversity, and how they cannot stand to stay in the room when they go home for Thanksgiving and their old Great Uncle Jack gets to talking about the problems with “the coloreds.” They’ll admit they have older racist relatives, but they won’t dare have you thinking that they are anything like those relatives.

This reaction is pretty understandable. Other than proud white supremacists like Great Uncle Jack, who really wants to be called racist?

But many people are racist without even realizing that they are. This is because many of us have a skewed image of what a racist looks like.

Everyone tends to picture an older generation of folks who are card-carrying members of the KKK from the deep south who proudly wave confederate flag, still use the N-word, and keeps mammy figurines in the window sills of their homes.

We think of these folks as the small percentage of the population that is dying out

They may not enjoy wearing white hoods and publicly promoting white supremacy; however, there are several types of racists can be just as dangerous as, if not even more dangerous than, Great Uncle Jack.

Here are 3 types of racists that are even more dangerous than the typical image of a racist.

Do you fall into any of these categories? Read more at Everyday Feminism

Hey Fam. I originally published this article on Everyday Feminism. You can enjoy the rest of the article there.

Photo courtesy of The All-Nite Images via Flickr.

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Most Powerful #BlackLivesMatter Protest Moments

11 Dec
As I discussed in the previous post, Why Protesting Matters, the demonstrations across the nations and around the world against the killings of unarmed black men and women have been powerful. And they have not stopped.
So far, people around the world have been shutting down malls, freeways, street blocks, bridges, and many other places, to let our nation know that BLACK LIVES MATTER. Take a look at some of the most inspiring protests so far:
1. Ferguson protesters in Boston shouting “we see you” to inmates in a local jail.
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2. Protesters in Ferguson protecting local stores from looters
ProtestProtectingStores
3.Wal-mart employees across the nation stage sit-ins on Black Friday
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4. Protesters in Ferguson “Die-in” and shut down an entire mall in St. Louis on Black Friday
ProtestDieIn
5. Protesters in New York carry mock caskets for all the black lives lost to racist police
Protest MockCasket
6. #Blackout Black Friday Protesters in the Bay Area shut down Bart
ProtestBart
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I recently found a newer protest happening this Friday at movie theaters across the nation to boycott the movie Exodus. I’ve discussed the whitewashing of black history and the casting of white characters for black roles in Why I’m Not Giving Hollywood Any More Money. Movies like Exodus show that Hollywood doesn’t give a shit about black people. Our dollars are powerful and shouldn’t support blatantly racist crap like this. So check out this protest:
ProtestExodus
Finally, if you saw any protests that inspired you and did not make my list- drop a note with link in the comments section.
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