“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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  1. Posted June 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I always find it so maddening to see these things online, but even more maddening when I have to experience them among my own peer group. Little examples are the off-color joke about “getting raped at that video game” or some other such nonsense, or saying “that girl was being a total lesbian.” It’s hard to feel that while you are trying so hard to educate people on how hurtful that language is to some people, the justification will always be “well, I don’t really mean it that way” (just another form of “I’m not sexist but…”).
    I’ve always wondered how people deal with these situations when it’s amidst their peers – are there any effective ways that people have found to educate without getting into a raging argument? Or are there some people that will never change?

  2. Posted June 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    And some of us may NEVER be on the same page. As much as we would like to believe otherwise.

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