Are you racist?
That’s all well and good. However, this powerful video spells out why it’s not enough.
The video compares the words non-racist and anti-racist.
According to Dictionary.com,
Non: a prefix meaning “not,” freely used as an English formative, usually with a simple negative force as implying mere negation or absence of something (rather than the opposite or reverse of it, as often expressed by un-1.): nonadherence; noninterference; nonpayment; nonprofessional.
Anti: a person who is opposed to a particular practice, party, policy, action, etc.
Confused? Is it not clicking yet?
“…we feel quite self-assured by simply not being racist. I’m not a bigot, I don’t sing that N-word when my favorite rap jam comes on. i didn’t vote for that guy, I’m not burning any crosses. I’m not a skinhead. I don’t. I won’t. I’m not. I’ve never. I can’t”
Ok. You’ve got some great morals there. You’re not racist, and you’re doing nothing to deal with the injustice of racism worldwide.
“…going to bed with a clear conscious is not going to stop college students from getting assaulted. You thinking climate change is terrible is not going to stop climate change. You being so assured that you’re not anti-black, anti-Muslim won’t stop the next hate crime. And it’s wonderful that you recognize how brave gay people are when facing persecution, but they aren’t the ones who need to be brave.”
So, do something. It’s on you.
Watch the powerful video below.