WATCH: “Sh*t White Girls Say…To Black Girls”

We’ve pretty much stopped watching the “Sh*t So-and-So People Say” videos—it’s kind of a diminishing returns thing (and seriously, “Sh*t El Salvadoran Grandmas Say” is a just a little to insider-y).

But here New York comedian Franchesca Ramsey (a.k.a Chescaleigh) delivers a one-two punch that’s both funny and revealing.

Now can someone please make a “Sh*t Straight People Say to Gay People”?

“I love my gays!”

“Who pays?”

“You totally think I’m hot, don’t you?”

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  • Joetx

    I’m neither black nor a woman, but I can see that is so spot on.

  • newcityspot

    The truth is always funniest!

  • Aiden

    The absolute truth.

  • Aiden

    Shit white gays say.

    You’re cute for a black guy

    I don’t usually talk to black guys, but…….

    Black people are all ghetto and homophobic

    Gay is the new black

    I can’t be racist I’m gay

    My gayness cancels out my white privilege

    You’re being divisive by discussing racism in the LGBT community.

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: LOL. And more stuff white gays say: “There aren’t many black people where I grew up so my parents are more naive and ignorant than I am, since I’m multicultural and all…” “No, I’m with you! I adore Michael Vick! At least he didn’t kill any cats.” and “ALL straight white people are just racist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobes….against US guys..”



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  • Coffee&Chicory

    hilarious. And so true

  • Drew

    No question it is very annoying hearing white people feel obliged to say….”and I’m not a racist”, whenever they want to citicize someone black. Black people NEVER have that hangup.

  • JayKay

    Liberals applauding blatantly racist nonsense. Typical.

    Let’s slap an afro on a white woman and have her spew incomprehensible, ebonics-laden cries of racism and oppression, and blame white men for every single one of her failings. That’d be comedy gold, right?

  • Interesting

    There is also one with shit straight men say to straight women that is very funny.

  • Joetx

    @Aiden: +1

  • Dave

    @JayKay: I’m with you here. There’s no benefit to the war on racism by approving when black folks make racist parodies of presumably racist white folks. The real lesson to be learned here is that yes, black people can be racist too, as well as totally ignorant (or smug) about it.

    Still, I laughed. There’s something universally funny about getting away with being unfair. But unlike this funny black girl, I avoid exposing my own personal flaws by attempting to transfer it upon others.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    Girl is hilarious. Love her, actually. But … who are these white girls she is hanging out with? Cuz … they sound *really* ignorant. Or am I just too sheltered?

  • Ryan

    @Aiden: lol, so true! And thumbs up for the video.

  • minorkuy

    @Dave: you and JayKay are getting this year started off in the worst way

    now i am gay, black, and extremely fair skinned. i attend a predominantly white public institution in the state of Georgia (GO JACKETS!)

    and i said all that to say that i have heard each and every one of those lines (minus the cheetoh one) on more than one occasion. i’m not trying to trivialize the issue and i’m more than aware that this is not applicable to every white person on the planet

    but if i threw out the words liberal, racist, and ignorant (or republican for that matter, this is Georgia) every time someone said something along these lines i wouldn’t have any non-black friends

    you have to pick your battles and i honestly feel this ain’t one of em

  • Aiden

    @Dave: Black people don’t have the power to be racist. We can’t oppress white people. We can be prejudiced, but not racist. And since we’re talking about what’s not fair. It’s not fair that almost every black person gay, straight, trans, female and male can relate to this video. I don’t think you want me to get into why things aren’t fair in this country.

  • rick

    OMG, another one of these “only white people can be racist” people. Absolute garbage. Quit whining and get a life.

    The people this girl hangs out with probably aren’t as racist as she is in making this video.

  • Interesting

    @Aiden: Co-sign. Sadly, I have heard many of those comments before.

  • Aiden

    @rick: Speaking the truth means I have no life? No, you’re totally right dude. Everything is completely equal. Why we live in a post-racial America don’t ya know.

  • Aiden

    @Interesting: Oh,I’m sure there’s more to come. Ignorance is bliss. For them anyway.

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: Can’t oppress white people? You didn’t run into that gang on the subway like I did one night. And I was far outnumbered. Given the right circumstances, anybody can try to oppress.

  • CBRad

    Not that I’m against this video. She’s a comedian and it’s meant to be funny, but a little caustic too. But to be fair somebody really should make one about what Gays say to Straights and what Blacks say to Whites.

  • JayKay


    Despite what your Afro-American genderqueer wymyn’s theory 101 professor told you, anyonce can be racist (sexist too.) Stop making excuses.

    By the way, just one accusation of white privilege and I would’ve had left-wing bingo. :(

  • Isaac C

    @rick: “The people this girl hangs out with probably aren’t as racist as she is in making this video.”

    I agree somewhat. Her “share and help educate” line is ridiculous. That’s not what this video is about. She obviously has an axe to grind against white people, under the guise of “educating” them. It’s silly, and she’s clearly digging with some of these examples that she gives of prejudice or racism that probably aren’t there to begin with.

    In the end, if you feel that strongly about things, don’t talk to white people. But don’t try to control what they say. They may not end up saying it around you, but they’ll still say it.

  • Zee

    GREAT video, she has EVERYTHING right. Love it.

  • Snownova

    @Aiden: “Black people don’t have the power to be racist. We can’t oppress white people.”

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Definition of RACISM
    1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
    2: racial prejudice or discrimination

    Racism most definitely can be the cause of oppression, but being unable to oppress a population group does not render one incapable of being racist against them.

  • n900mixalot

    Hah! I’ve heard em all from my own gay friends… And from gay guys I don’t even know who don’t know how to just say, “Hi, how are you? I’m _______, what’s your name?”

    Annnnd black folks most certainly can be racist. I am, sheeeeyiihhhh… I presume that Asian guys fawn over white guys, white guys chase after Latino/Hispanic guys like Eulie’s Gold (sp?), and black guys are forever saying they hate white guys because white guys don’t like black guys.

  • HaMashchit

    @JayKay: “…Stop making excuses.” They’re not excuses. It’s analysis. According to the dictionary definition, policies cannot be racist since the definition gives most attention to personal beliefs and attitudes. So the dictionary definition, cited by Snownova below, will not do. Institutional racism affects people of color, not whites. Comments by whites reinforce the sense of inhumanity and oppression that people of color experience due to their daily lives in a society that has not overcome its racism. Comments made by people of color towards whites, while they may annoy someone and be ignorant, simply do not have that power. The difference is so great that many argue a different word is warranted.

    I do think that blacks can be racist in a context in which other people of color are affected. Blacks can express racism to other blacks by reinforcing stereotypes about black people. Blacks can reinforce anti-immigrant racism and anti-Arab/Middle-Eastern racism (even though “Middle Eastern” is kind of a hodge-podge of ethnic groups like Arabs, Persians, Turks, etc, in the US racial imagination it’s “all the same”). I have also seen anti-Asian/Latino racism in black films. Blacks can also participate in homophobia and, in some instances, “classism” (though I really do hate that word–class is too structural to make into an attitude).

    @Snownova: Ok, if you want to apply the word “racist” to white and black equally, how can we make a very clear distinction between the impact of “racism” from whites and “racism” from people of color?

  • Katt

    You gay people sure know how to take the fun out of things… -_-

  • Astro

    spot on! i have heard EVERY single one of these phrases uttered in my life.

  • Aiden

    @CBRad: @CBRad: You weren’t being oppressed.

  • Mike UK

    some of you should get a grip, see it for what it is, FUNNY!

  • Aiden

    @n900mixalot: What black folks are you talking about? I’m well aware that most white guys aren’t into black guys and I really couldn’t give less of fuck. This may shock you, but we’re not all sitting around waiting for a white guy to come along.

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: You’re not being oppressed either. No one ever forbid you to use our TV, automobile, computer and internet inventions. Nor medical care. Anything we come up with you’re welcome to. And you can get elected President. (Just stop killing each other).

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: You’re on OUR computer, though! Using our electricity and cellphones. Where’s the oppression?

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: Have you read black-on-black murder statistics ?

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: And, anyway, privilege is earned. Which is why white Americans so admire and respect Indians and Indian-Americans (the new achievers).

  • Aiden

    @CBRad: LMAO!!! I just can’t with shit. Have a nice day dude.

  • JayKay


    Good god liberals are so deluded. Blacks can be, and often are, incredibly racist against white people. Can the excuses and the sociology mumbo jumbo and try living in the real world for five minutes.

  • CBRad

    @Aiden: I don’t mean to jump on you, it’s just that——dude, some of us have had rough lives (I’ve been both wealthy and poor and known a huge swathe of a variety of people) and we prefer to live by hard cold reality rather than these 101 courses academics in college invent.

  • Astro

    having electricity and a cell phone means you are not oppressed everyone!

  • CBRad

    @Astro: Yeah, we just love giving those things to black folk while we oppress them even more.

  • HaMashchit

    @JayKay: And you are perceptually egocentric, intellectually slothful, and incurious. I won’t extend that observation to all conservatives, but I’ve noticed that these are not infrequent traits of many lay-conservatives.

    We all live in the “real world.” It’s just that, in your fanatical incuriosity, you hate it when people actually think about the real world (you know, using higher-ordered, reflective thinking). You know, we were given the ability to use abstract thought for a reason. We live in a s-o-c-i-e-t-y. That means, as social beings, the society around us is relevant to understanding and interpreting our behavior. Sorry if that makes your head hurt.

    @CBRad: Nah, you’ve just deluded yourself into believing that your lazily conceived ideas come from living in “hard, cold reality.” People with access to technology are not oppressed? Those are the bright ideas that come from your “hard, cold reality”? Blacks have always had access to technology like TVs, cars and phones, even during the segregation era. Your statements are preposterous (but similar statements were actually made by Strom Thurmond in his opposition to Civil Rights). Not reality, just lazy.

    I suppose gays are not oppressed either. If you call a straight person a “breeder,” it will have the same impact on them as “faggot” has on a gay man. It’s exactly the same thing! I know I won’t convince JayKay and CBRad of anything; they’re hardened reactionary fools. But maybe people reading the board will reflect on that for a moment.

  • CBRad

    @HaMashchit: But if we were oppressing blacks we wouldn’t let them have those inventions, right ? I guess the only absolute definitive solution to oppression really is to just split up the country and we all segregate so we never have anything to do with each other any more. Blacks can live under black rule, whites under whites, and…the rest the same..And all our separate countries can develop along on their own.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Aiden: Don’t pay attention to him, Aiden. The man is clearly deluded and pretty damn racist.

  • Franchesca

    @Dave: Sorry, there’s nothing racist about this video. Nor am I claiming these statements are racist. Because they aren’t. They’re just ignorant and insensitive. Pointing out ignorance is not racist. Using my life experiences to create a parody is not racist.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Franchesca: Is that really you? Cuz you’re hilarious. Don’t listen to the haters!

  • JayKay


    If you were born in the United States, or just about any western country, you are not and have never been oppressed.


    You don’t live in anything even remotely resembling the real world. You live in an imaginary, left-wing, academic fantasy land where white men are an evil oppressive force akin to the Galactic Empire, women are kidnapped at birth and chained up naked in the public square for male pigs to gaze upon, Israel is committing mass genocide against the poor and oppressed peoples of the middle east, and the kind, wise, and peaceful racial minorities (Except for East-Asians, of course) are the victims of a massive conspiracy to keep them poor, dumb, enslaved, and trapped in their own little ghettos.

  • CBRad

    I just can’t pretend along anymore with these silly fantasies. And all people can do is call me “racist” but can’t really argue any of the facts. How many black people try to move to the (ostensibly racist) U.S. from black-run countries, compaed to how many black folk leave the U.S. to live in black-run countries? What is the black-on-black murder rate compared to before Civil Rights? What’s the general racial makeup of the states that legalized gay marriage? Why do Indians (often much darker than African-Americans) do nothing but achieve in the U.S. ? Who is oppressing who, in reality? They won’t/can’t go into these questions, because- like college professors (some of them) they build their life around a certain point-of-view and then it….falls apart and leaves them all at sea. Like when Mormons find out Joseph Smith was a fraud.

  • Chrisopher

    HAHAHAHA HEre’s the white girl response!!!!!!! so funny

  • HaMashchit

    @JayKay: In other words, people who make arguments I don’t like ipso facto don’t live in the real world. Well, with sophisticated, well-reasoned arguments like that I concede defeat!

    @CBRad: Anti-racist activists and educators hear these kinds of things all the time. There are responses to them. You’re just too lazy to pursue the questions you supposedly have. You’d rather draw a superficial conclusion than dig deeper because you love your prejudice so much.

  • asa1937

    This is BRILLIANT!

    I’m sorry, but if gay people can poke fun at straight people, then black people can poke fun at white people. White people (gay or no): you’re just gonna have to deal with that. Just like women can pretty much get away with poking fun at men. Is it a little sexist, yes? Should we (men) most of the time just shut up and take it (listen)? Yes. We are born with the privilege and say and do ignorant things toward women without realizing it all the time…no matter how enlightened we think we are. Suck it up, boys. This video is much more funny than it is racist…

    That said, I really wouldn’t be offended if someone white did a “Shit black people say to white people” in a funny and tasteful way. I don’t mind being reflective and taking a look at how I behave as the “oppressed.” Or let’s suck it up and see a straight person do a “Shit gay people say to straight people.” If done well, I think we could laugh at ourselves.

  • JayKay


    “Should we (men) most of the time just shut up and take it (listen)? Yes. We are born with the privilege and say and do ignorant things toward women without realizing it all the time…no matter how enlightened we think we are. Suck it up, boys.”

    You are everything wrong with the modern day white American male.

    Self loathing, brainwashed, wimpy, and pathetic.

  • sunonthehorizon

    @JayKay: You must be pretty bad at reading, although he doesn’t outright say it, his comments would suggest that he’s not white. You exhibit A LOT of what’s wrong with american culture, in general, a severe dearth of critical thinking skills.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @sunonthehorizon: Don’t bother. JayKay thinks “reading” is for wimps. Real men scan for keywords, then decide what they want the text to mean.

  • Interesting

    People can babble all they want, but I know I have heard all the comments she makes above in the video at one point or another. Now, does that mean ALL white people do it? No. I have many really good white friends who would never say the shit she’s discussing in the video. But, it does happen. I think what is more interesting is how defensive some are that this is a reality out there. Its like the movie Borat, in which the character gets these white boys to say they wanted to own slaves. Now, does that mean every white person says shit like that? No. but it does exist. So, what are you going to do other than stop being defensive and just call those idiots out who say shit like that.

  • Interesting

    @asa1937: And that’s the flip side, I wouldn’t be bothered by a video that’s funny about shit black people say about white people. But, it can’t be defensive posturing born out of “none of us are ever racist” that would be boring. Its the kind of thing where conservatives try to be funny by saying things that they think about liberals rather than reflect something about what liberals actually say.

  • Isaac C

    As far as I’m concerned, aside from maybe a few of those comments, nothing was said that was blatantly offensive or derogatory. Black people seem to have a problem with how white people feel about them, and the observations they make, and so they try to impose censorship. That is the problem. If you’re just digging for a reason to “call white people out” on something, you’re the one with the problem. The woman in the video has done nothing but show how paranoid she is. No one has to tip-toe around you because you’re black. I’d rather a white person be candid, than censor themselves because they’re afraid of breaking some arbitrary black rule in conversation.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Isaac C: So you actually think the things she quotes are supposed to be “blatantly offensive or derogatory”? It’s quite the opposite, actually: They’re small, subtle things. That’s kind of the point, and you sort of missed it.

    Also, I love how you take this one case of a black comedian doing a bit, and somehow manage to launch into a rant about “black people” having some sort of persecution complex and being out to muzzle whites. And then–to top it all off with a nice irony cherry–you say *she* is the paranoid one.

  • HaMashchit

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: “And then–to top it all off with a nice irony cherry–you say *she* is the paranoid one.” Another word for this is “projection.” Reactionary gays are a pitiable lot.

  • Interesting

    @HaMashchit: I don’t think its projection. Its defensive posturing designed to change the subject by derailing whatever the majority or group in power feels is threatening it. It happens every time privilege arises. Whether its race, gender identity, class, sexual orientation, or whatever you can think of. the same games of derailing arguments appear again and again. All those people can’t be projecting. they are just skilled at avoiding the subject.

  • Isaac C

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: They’re small, subtle things that she herself clearly gives extended meaning when there’s probably nothing there. She gives those things derogatory, political meaning and then tries to make it seem like white people are being derogatory toward her. She is the one that is projecting, and yes, she is paranoid. If she’s so uncomfortable with being black, which she apparently is, she should just avoid white people as much as possible instead of trying to manipulate people into feeling guilty about being themselves.

  • Interesting

    @Isaac C: <A racist.

  • Isaac C

    @Interesting: Oh bitch PLEASE. That’s your only answer? I don’t agree with the video and her perspective, and you can only resort to calling me a racist? You clearly have problems like the girl in the video. Come off it and take a seat.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Isaac C: You seem to think she’s put on a black beret, raised her fist in the air, and changed her last name to X, when in fact all she’s done is post a cute, funny 2 minute clip on YouTube. Clearly she has enough perspective on the matter to treat it in a lighthearted way.

    You, on the other hand, have taken a light, fluffy bit of pop culture ephemera and read all sorts of dark, evil, sinister things into it. Why? What’s this big bad monster you think you’re seeing in the shadows?

  • Aiden

    @Isaac C: Translation: racism only exist in black peoples heads. You can make all the racist comments you want. Nobodies stifling your freedom(a argument a lot of white people like to use when they get called out), but don’t be surprised when black people call you out on your racist shit. It’s funny that a lot of white people have responded to this video by being even more racist.

  • Isaac C

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: Well, you all are certainly not treating it in a lighthearted way. Most of you are taking it very seriously, so don’t all of a sudden try to flip the script when a very serious discussion has taken place.

    @Aiden: I don’t really care. Any time you throw around the word “racist” without anything to back it up except the fact that you’re butthurt somebody doesn’t agree with you, you lose.

    I’ve said what I had to say about the video. Case closed.

  • HaMashchit

    @Isaac C: Actually it was reactionary gays like JayKay and CBRad who were “taking it very seriously.” They had a tantrum because of the video. Then you went into a rant about “black people.”

    “Any time you throw around the word ‘racist’ without anything to back it up except the fact that you’re butthurt somebody doesn’t agree with you, you lose.”

    But, of course, reactionary gays are free to throw around the word “paranoid,” “politically correct,” “manipulating” and *egregiously* misuse the word “censorship.” You backed up your speculation that she’s “paranoid” with nary a thing but your own assertions and then say that people who disagree with you don’t have “anything to back it up.” You made the assertion about her paranoia based solely on: “Waaaaa, I don’t like what she said!”

    The subtext in your comments is that “black people” (in your first comment, you addressed ALL black people not just this woman) have no right to challenge any white person’s views of them. They should just sit down and shut up. In sum, blacks are just too “uppity.” Because, you see, only white people have the right to think things. And everyone else has to just accept it silently. Talk about “manipulation.”

    “If she’s so uncomfortable with being black, which she apparently is, she should just avoid white people as much as possible instead of trying to manipulate people into feeling guilty about being themselves.”

    She’s probably not uncomfortable being black. I don’t know her politics, so I don’t think anyone can speak on any hidden, deeper “political” meaning. And she can find decent white people who are self-reflective, think critically about the world around them and engage in dialogue to make themselves better people. There are plenty of them! Looks like a white guy helped her in making the video. Too bad you can’t impose your backwater thinking on all whites, huh?

  • Interesting

    @Isaac C:< Again, this is a racist. To others: You are going to have a better time convincing a piece of wood.

  • Kev C

    @Interesting: Shit black people say to whites:
    You’re a racist
    Racist cracker
    whiteboy/whitegirl is a racist

  • Isaac C

    @Kev C: Seriously. It’s like if you don’t agree with blacks on something, you’re a racist. What kind of childish, laughable shit is that? I can’t…

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Isaac C: If you keep saying racist things, black people will keep calling you out on it. Non-racist people don’t have this huge problem of being called a racist that you seem to be afflicted with.

  • Aiden

    @Isaac C: Your privilege is showing.

  • HaMashchit

    @Aiden: Actually his a*s is showing. One straw man and sloppy generalization after another. “If you don’t agree with *blacks* on something…” (emphasis added). Because blacks have a collective Borg mind, of course.

    I don’t make comments here for their benefit, but for those who might read these posts. It’s bad when gays don’t respond to racism because it can make it seem as though we condone it or are complicit with it. I think gays should show that we really abhor it and are willing to confront it.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @HaMashchit: “You will be assimilated … into our Afro-centric PC world. Resistance is futile.”

    And yeah, I’m a nerd.

  • Tygz

    @Aiden: As a Latino, I get, “You’re not like other Mexicans! Not that I’m racist.” (I’m Spanish)
    “I like Taco Bell!”
    “OMG You can roll your ‘Rs’!”
    “I can’t handle spicy food.”
    “I like spicy food.”

  • Isaac C

    @Tygz: LOL, hilarious.

  • Kev C

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: “Non-racist people don’t have this huge problem of being called a racist that you seem to be afflicted with.”

    Sure they do. You just haven’t met enough black people. Sooner or later, every single white person will be called a racist. Just watch and see.

  • Isaac C

    @Kev C: Exactly. That’s why I just left the “conversation” alone and moved on. You can’t help deranged people like this, and they can’t be reasoned with. You just have to let them have their persecution fantasies and drive themselves crazy.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Isaac C: No. You’re right, Isaac. You’re clearly the level-headed one here.

  • Interesting

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: The interesting part about racists today is how much they think they aren’t racist. “I am not racist. I am just Black-people challenged.”

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Kev C: Let’s say you’re right. Let’s say every white person in America today does, at one point or another in their lives, get called, unfairly, a racist. So what?

    Seriously: So what? If that’s the price to pay for being a white person in America today, then so what? So someone called you racist. What’s the big effing deal? If you’re not racist (if you’re really not racist), then you’ll understand where that came from and you’ll know how to work through it.

    And if, on the other hand, you’re spending hours and hours stewing over that one word “racist” and wondering what went wrong with America, now that blacks get to sling words around at whites and why whites “can’t argue back” — well, if that’s you, then maybe, just maybe, you should take a second look at yourself.

    Seriously. If you’re getting angry over the fact that “blacks” get to call some “whites” “racist,” then … well. This is probably gonna get you mad, but …

  • Isaac C

    @Kev C: See how they continue, Kev C? It’s like they can’t get enough! You just can’t make this crap up. Beyond hilarious. I honestly can’t stop laughing at this train wreck.

    Angry black people are hilarious. OOPS! Was that “racist?” Hopefully the angry black gay posse will let me know! I’m just dying to be enlightened by their wisdom, really. Hahaha!

  • Kurt

    Race baiting from queerty, nothing new to see here folks.

  • Kev C

    @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva:

    You asked, So What? Not only is accusing someone of being a “racist” socially detrimental, making an earnest and non-racist person look guilty, and providing little or no defense to the accusation, but it has often been used as an excuse to punch someone’s lights out.

    And it’s a subjective judgement. If you think something is racist, it’s just your opinion. It has no physical meaning anymore. If someone attacks you because of your color, that’s racist. But when no harm is caused, not a physical attack, or intimidation, or discrimination, then it’s a meaningless word.

    So why use it if it doesn’t mean anything?

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Kev C: Well. I don’t know. I think what you say in your first paragraph sounds right. I’ve never been called a racist myself, but I guess if it happens to you and you feel in your heart of hearts that you’re not one, then I guess that must suck. And I’m not naive enough to think the word isn’t ever misused or applied to the wrong the person, or that it can’t, as you say, be used to justify physical violence.

    As to the word not meaning anything. I don’t think I can get behind that. I think racism is real. I think it exists, even in nice, multi-culti 21st century America. I think it can be subtle and hard to pinpoint, but no less hurtful or insidious for it. And I think that while it’s true that some people may read “racism” into situations where it doesn’t exist, they also correctly identify it in a lot of other cases.

    People today are pretty good at shaking the whole thing off: Accepting the tiny racially-tinged things as par for the course, and moving on. Little videos like this serve as nice pressure valves; they turn the whole thing into a joke, a thing we can all laugh at.

    Is this making any sense? It’s kinda late, I’m running on fumes …

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