“I’m not racist or sexist but…”

Gee, I’m glad that I live in a post-racial, post-sexist society!

I'm not racist but...
I'm not sexist but...

Via Colorlines, here are two of the most brilliant–and most depressing–new tumblrs on the internet. “I’m not racist but…” and its sister site “I’m not sexist but…” are curated by a couple college students who simply search public Facebook posts for those respective phrases and grab screenshots that reveal just how not racist and sexist our culture is these days.

This is an ingenious illustration of exactly where many Americans are when it comes to racial and gender equality. Being seen as racist or sexist is generally acknowledged to be a “bad” thing. But actually saying racist and sexist shit? Well, just preempt and disavow the accusation and you’re good to go. Spew away!

As Channing Kennedy notes, one of the biggest myths of the so-called post-racial society is that this kind of overt, interpersonal racism is a thing of the past. So as we continue working to dismantle systemic racism and sexism, these tumblrs are a demoralizing reminder that we most definitely are “not all on the same page.”

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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