Look, racists are stupid. And I don’t mean that in the off-hand, meaningless way of saying that a shirt “looks stupid” on you. I mean truly mentally challenged. There’s no other explanation that works for someone who actually believes that the color of someone’s skin or their nationality is going to dictate how they behave, how much money they have, or what kind of person they generally are.
If you believe this on any level then congratulations: you are a racist. If only slightly so. And your level of stupidity is ratio to your level of racism.
Now, as I’ve said, racists are, indeed, pretty darn stupid. In fact their stupidity is so ridiculously overblown that very few things on this earth can actually outmatch them. And perhaps the only thing that is as stupid (if not stupider) than racist people are the people that tell you that racism is “over.” That they think there is no such thing as racism in today’s world. That we’re all just singing Kumbaya with one another now.
Do you know why these people are stupid? It’s because they’ve just revealed how racist they are. And, really, its cute. Because they’re just trying to cloak their racist garbage with pseudo-intellectual arguments and thinking they can get away with it.
Example: I know someone who will take any chance she gets to tell you how there’s nothing wrong with considering someone’s ‘living environment’ (translation: where they live) or their ‘social background’ (the perception of their race/nationality) before dealing with them. To her, “that’s not racism, that’s caution.” Of course, before she makes these kinds of statements she’ll say something like “I’m not racist or anything, but…”
How freaking adorable is that?
Of course, this person is a racist. And she is, despite her fancy college-level education, very, very stupid.
And, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while
or if you actually know me, you know that I love nothing more than using statistical data to back up my social beliefs and ideas. And today I’ve got a good one for you.
Here’s the proof that people who say racism is dead are not only racist, but that they have been completely outsmarted by the internet. All you have to do is look into that endless, scary black hole in which all of humanity’s deep, dark secrets are stored: Google.
Upon compiling his research, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (the article’s author) set out to discover if what people were Googling in the time between 2004 and 2007 (so, pre-Obama administration) would affect the way they voted or felt about Barrack Obama.
And guess what? It totally did. Through quantifiable evidence, it showed that the areas with the most “racially charged” Google searches were the ones that Obama did not do so well in during his election. And it wasn’t just the people that Googled ‘the N word’ that had shown this clearly racist strain. There were also areas that were absolutely filled with pseudo-smart Google searches such as: “African American culture” or “black community.”
And, lo and behold, Obama scored quite low in almost all of those areas as well. Hmm. Maybe it’s because what they actually meant to Google was “why are black people so scary?”
Bottom line: Racism is not dead. It will never die. The same way that weeds will never stop sprouting out of nowhere. You can pluck it out and make sure that it’s gone from this one tiny spot but, sure enough, it will grow back. Whether it’s in the same spot or somewhere else–racism (and weeds) will always grow back.
And, as someone who has been faced with some very horrible racist remarks and treatments on way too many occasions because of my nationality (both in Kuwait and out) I’m kind of insulted whenever I hear someone try to pull any kind of racist garbage in the name of something as ridiculous as “nationalism” or something as cruel as “cultural and traditional respect.” Even if its not directed at me, it so deeply upsets me that it might as well be.
Because there are few things in this world that get me more riled up than knowing people are trying to pass themselves off as something more decent than what they ACTUALLY are: stupid, stupid racists.
All my love! (and Chris Rock is up there to tell you about how racism will always exist no matter what)