I’M NOT RACIST BUT……………………

Why do people not realize that when you say this, you IMMEDIATELY sound racist as fuck?  It’s just like when someone says: “no offense, but…..”, they’re about to be all kinds of offensive LOL.

I guess what’s been confusing me about this statement is, not only do racist people NOT see anything wrong with it, but they’ll say they aren’t racist but will constantly bring up reverse racism.  How the hell does that work??  How do you NOT believe in racism, but believe in reverse racism?  That’s like believing in Santa Claus but not your parents.

I was lurking around online looking for a situation like this that some people may have gone through.  Instead I found a poem by author/poet Dr. Anita Heiss.  I’ve never heard of her or this poem but thought it definitely resonated with my personal experiences.  Let me know if any of you have heard of her or any of her other work:

I’m Not Racist But…

I’m not racist but…
Why can’t I climb Ayres Rock?
Why don’t they get jobs like everyone else?
Did you hear the one about?
Why are Aborigines so angry?
Why don’t they just get over it – the past is the past?
Why do I have to say sorry for something I didn’t do?

I’m not racist but…
They’re all drunks?
They don’t wash?
The kids roam the streets at night?
They look dangerous!!!

I’m not racist but…
I wouldn’t pick one up in my cab
I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry one
I wouldn’t rent my flat to one
I wouldn’t employ one

I’m not racist because…
I played football with one once
I worked with one once
I use the word Koori
I let them sit next to me on the bus
I walked over the Harbour Bridge
I signed a hand
I gave money to one begging on the street

I’m not racist…
I’m simply privileged by being white
I’m just speaking from a position of power
I’m just observing the obvious

I’m not racist,
I’m just following the lead of my prime minister!

Canada, 2002
Dr. Anita Heiss,
author, poet, satirist, social commentator

 

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