If I had a nickel for every time I have heard the phrase, “i’m not racist but… (insert racist statement)” I would be a rich woman.
If you ever hear yourself starting to say “I am not racist, but…” please shut your mouth before you say what comes next. Because I can guarantee that it is racist. Why the heck else would you give it the caveat?
I am a little racist, too. I am not exempt. So if you ever hear me say that phrase, everyone on the planet has my full permission to give me a good poke with a finger in the ribs and then wagged that same finger at me saying “you idiot. Think about what you were saying.”
Everyone is a little bit racist… We all have preconceived notion that we applied to groups of people. But the point is that we need to be aware of those notions, mitigate them, and try to constantly challenge our viewpoint. We need to be aware of our prejudices, and work on them.