What does the butt do?
And why does it have hairy arm pits? Okay, that's probably not important. What is important is what comes after the phrase 'I'm not racist, but'. Does something innocuous and unrelated to race come after it? Or is it something that would 100% be considered racist?
At least Jon Snow's uncle knows something?
Here's the thing about disclaimers: They don't really make people trust you. In fact, they pretty much do the opposite. You know all those ads for medications they only air about after 9pm? And in the last 5 seconds someone lists like, a million different side effects nobody wants? "This pill is gonna make your life awesome... and also give you explosive diarrhea." If you're walking around saying that you're not racist, that's cool! And everything after you say the word "butt" is the explosive diarrhea. It stinks.
Even this tiny wizard racist can smell it.
So what are you supposed to do, just stop talking forever? No. Nobody's telling you to do that. This is however a good opportunity to think about the biases that we all absorb because we live in a racist society. This isn't about people being 'too sensitive' and the world 'becoming more politically correct', it's a call to action for all the people in the world who want to be able to say that they're not racist. Not because of social pressure, but because that's the right thing to do. We're not being made to do anything, but we are being asked to consider why we think we need a disclaimer when we're about to say something.
Penguins. They're adorable.
And like most birds they are definitely not racist. So the next time you feel the need to prove you're not racist, just talk about penguins. Here's some fun facts for you to memorize:
Good luck out there.