How To Tell People They Sound Racist

Lot of race talk these days, and it’s only going to ramp up in the next few months. That being said, I’m giving you another “knowledge bomb” (sup Steve) from Jay Smooth, “How To Tell People They Sound Racist”.

Also, here’s a snippet from an article sent to me from J”IloveGawker”Z, touching on the same topic:

Today, being called a racist is the most contemptible label for a white person. Some have complained that the racist label is tossed about so freely that it’s almost like being called a “communist” in the post-Cold War era. This is certainly preferable to a time when racism was tolerated or even encouraged. But one of the sad upshots is that it has also fostered a sense of paranoia that stems from the inability or unwillingness to distinguish between actual hate-fueled racism and ignorance.

A tone-deaf white person who refers to a successful black person as “articulate” is called a condescending racist, when the person either spoke without thinking of the connotation or was unaware of it. If a white person is called out for saying something insensitive, the clichéd response is: “Well, I can’t be racist; I mean, I have black friends!”

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3 Responses to “How To Tell People They Sound Racist”


  1. 1 dollyann 08/11/2008 at 11:01 pm

    This is such a fantatsic video. I think if more white people saw this, they would (maybe) feel less defensive when someone calls them out on a racist statement/joke/etc. Well, I don’t know… at least it helped me get a better understanding of “You are a racist” vs. “You said something racist.” Also makes it a lot easier for me to own up to my own mistakes from now on. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  1. 1 Dolly the Racist « Dolly Speaks Trackback on 08/06/2008 at 11:34 pm
  2. 2 Phonte says Kanye’s “reach extends his grasp” « ten22 Trackback on 01/23/2009 at 2:09 pm

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