I'm Not Racist, But...

I'm Not Racist, But...

You and whatever you are about to say is definitely racist.

As a person of color, I can describe the emotions that take over me when I hear the words "I'm not racist but...". Nothing good can ever come out of this phrase. If you ever feel yourself about to utter these words in a sentence, stop. You know why? Because whatever you are about to say is absolutely, positively racist. No matter how much you convince yourself you treat people of color equally, or you respect people of color if you have said the phrase "I'm not racist but..." you don't, and you are. Enjoy some of the best "I'm not racist but..." statements that have been blessed upon me recently.

"...but why does everything have to be about race?"

In the current state of our country, police brutality, racism, and race, in general, has become a hot topic. It is important for people of color to speak up about issues that are affecting us. If we don't speak us who will? Who will be our voice if we are all silent?

"...but I wouldn't date a black person"

There are many reasons for why you may choose not to date someone, but if you're reasoning is because of their race - that's an issue. That is indeed discrimination because you are treating a person in a biased way due to their race.

"...but slavery is over, get over it."

This kind of ties back to my first point. Yes, slavery is over and people of color have more rights than ever, but that does not mean that we have attained equality. Until people of color are viewed and respected by all in the same way that white people are, we will keep speaking up about the injustices we face on a daily basis.

"...but I should be able to say the n-word"

I don't care how society has rebranded the n-word to make it "mean something different". The word still personally offends me. It make me uncomfortable when ANYONE says the n-word. Even as a person of color, I do not feel comfortable saying the n-word. The fact that you feel as if it should be ok for you to say that word ever is wrong, there is so much negativity tied to that single word - why would you even want it to be a part of your vocabulary?

"...but America is for Americans"

It should be noted that people of color include the Hispanic and Muslim populations. If you claim to 'not be racist' yet you are restricting the freedom that our country provides, the freedom that was created by immigrants should be restricted. There is no good reason that you can give me that justifies keeping races of people outside of out country. Yet again that is called discrimination.

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Illinois Republicans Just Gave A Neo-Nazi A Major Platform

As if having a raging racist for President isn't enough.

Dictionary.com defines a neo-Nazi as a person who belongs to a political organization whose beliefs are inspired or reminiscent of Nazism. We learned about Nazis in school; they were the notorious villains of the story who came to life in a terrible, disgusting way. We learned their absolute hatred for any other race besides their own, insomuch that they murdered those they hated.

It is always a bit of a surprise to me that people who believe in this kind of hatred still exist today, simply because it seems impossible to hate someone that much. Yet society is still plagued with them, and in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve been given a microphone to express their views.

The villains that many minorities fear and continue to fear are alive and well, spreading their narrative around like wildfire, destroying everything they come in touch with.

And Illinois just made one of them extremely comfortable in one of the most powerful state positions.

70-year-old Arthur Jones became the Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois on Wednesday, upsetting many who had vehemently campaigned against his placement. Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman seemed to have fought the hardest, saying Jones isn’t a “real Republican” but rather a “Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.

While Jones disregarded the accusations of being a Nazi, he has been an active participant in the white nationalist movement for years. He ran for mayor of Milwaukee with the National Socialist White People’s Party and runs a campaign website that features a page that disregards the Holocaust completely.

While many continue to make excuses for Trump and his entirely questionable feelings toward minorities, Jones is a Nazi through and through.

Allowing a Nazi into a position of power like Congress invites many dangerous ideals and actions into society, similar to the rise in White nationalism following Trump’s win.

After Trump’s win in the Presidential Election, hate groups have increased by four percent and white supremacist terrorism has seemed to have erupted. The largest white supremacist demonstration, Charlottesville, brought terror to minorities as it seemed the villians were trying to “take back their country”. Trump has not only refused to denounce ties with white supremacists such as former Klan leader David Duke, but has also had the audacity to surround himself with advisors that have direct ties to radicalism.

Whether you choose to see it or not, almost every shooter that has destroyed communities of schools and concert goers was a white nationalist seeking to somehow purify America. The second you hear about a shooting or a homeland terrorism attack, the first thought that pops into your head is a white nationalist.

Giving yet another Nazi a massive platform to continue to spread this kind of hatred will make things worse. We step back into a history that offers no mercy for minorities, a history that seeks to purify the natural diversity of human nature.

While nearly everyone agrees Nazis are bad news, not everyone agrees to truly recognize it. We’ve become a society that shames those who simply want validation and equal treatment. We disregard it as over-the-top and too much to ask for.

The only way to fight this hatred is recognizing what is going on and taking action about it. Don’t elect neo-Nazis, for one, and don’t perpetuate the narrative that they are harmless. Choose to love, choose to be good, fight the better fight. It’s really not that hard if you put your mind to it.

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You Shouldn't Take Part In March For Our Lives, And Here's Why

You’ll be surprised why.

There are zero reasons. We are marching for gun reform to ensure that everyone in this country is kept safe and that another tragedy like the Parkland shooting never happens again. 17 lives were lost which is 17 too many.

Please take part in history and march on March 24th. Be part of the change. In the meantime sign the petition, call your local legislators, and whatever you do, don’t stop talking about it.

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