It’s not racist if you’re talking about white people.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 23, 2011
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“Is it racist to say they all look the same..?”

Of course, on serious note, no, it’s not racist: we guilt-ridden compassionate uptight liberals have a strong, proud, self-serious, PC double-standard going.

Comment on Reddit: “As far as I can tell, it’s not racist to be racist to white people.”


I’m White. Say I have “Neutral Ethnicity.” I dare you.

“Map designed to be offensive to everyone on the planet.”

The Most Racist Thing That (n)Ever Happened.

Funny Bonus, relevant, via the Onion:

Thousands Of Girls Match Description Of Missing Sorority Sister


One more:

Not sure if this is racist:

racist funny


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


11 Responses to “It’s not racist if you’re talking about white people.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Samsarah Morgan yes – because unless they are identical twins – they dont..
    26 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
    Dawn Eash Deal no it is stereotyping
    25 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
    Joe Sage naw, but it might be if you think that way….just sayin"
    23 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
    Love Sanchez-Suarez i used to think that johnny depp and keanu reaves were one guy until i realized that one was better at acting. same goes for tom cruise, brad pitt, and now the 2 of them are merged with matt damon and leonardo dicaprio to make 1 face that i have a hard time separating into 4 guys. you can only imagine what happens when i have 2 or more students with similar build, coloring, and haircut… (slight prosopagnosia, here, probably)
    15 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
    Love Sanchez-Suarez on the other hand, when i spent a week in Taiwan and saw fellow foreigners maybe twice… i discovered that when you look at several hundred thousand Asians one after another, you find that NO Chinese people look alike… oh, except my friend had 3 great-aunts that were nearly identical, but the whole rest of the country all looked like separate people.

  2. Phillip says:

    I think I have a definitive answer to the whole “can one be racist to white people” thing:

    No, it’s impossible to be racist to white people. BUT! One can be prejudiced against white people. So the aforementioned “white people all look alike” comment isn’t racist; it’s a prejudicial comment, but not racist.

    So there, problem solved! I’m a genius 😉

  3. Kelly A. says:

    Racism is institutional, or systemic (see Peggy McIntosh, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Tim Wise, Beverly Daniels Tatum and also David Wellman). Prejudice is private bigotry, or bias–a general predisposition to judge someone based on too little information– to over-generalize, to stereotype.

    Instead of looking at whether or not this incident being discussed is racist, i think we need to look at other aspects.

    I am white and have benefited and continue to benefit in numerous ways from white skin privilege. This is an unearned advantage that is enjoyed by whites in general. It is important to understand the bias that this has created in our culture and how it is the flip-side of racism.

    This is not to blame whites, no! It is to acknowledge that many whites are not racist and they do not realize that even so, the system IS RACIST and that if we are not prejudiced then it should be our concern to change the system that oppresses people of color in the name of all whites. We need to realize the insult is against us as a group and stop trying to figure out how to blame people of color who have been victimized much more as a group than whites have as a group….I could go on and explain more. I hope you are sincere in your attempts to actually understand our culture. That is what we as a people need, regardless of our skin, hair, or eye-color and we need to be able to do that while acknowledging that racism is still a huge problem which must be solved.

  4. randolphr says:

    I just assumed it was photoshopped ….

  5. Barry Mobley says:

    If some white people feel put upon, oh well……….. Paying for the sins of the father. Our world is going into transition, a black man is in the White House, conflicts between religions is heating up. China is positioning itself to be the major world power. White people aren't the be all and end all they were over a generation ago. Get use to it.

  6. Leland Coleman says:

    There's "a black man in the White House"?

    Bet his white mother would find that a very interesting comment.

  7. Tom D says:

    "Paying for sins of the father?"

    So…it's totally fine if someone wants to treat a person like crap because of something the great-great-great-grandfather (or just father) of them (or someone who just looks like them) was an ass?

    I'm sorry, but I've never been able to see the logic in that line of thinking.

    I'm the descendent of five generations of poor French immigrants who came to Minnesota through Canada. My family line winds up with a French orphan who was raised by a priest. No one in my family ever owned a slave, of any nationality (believe it or not, slavery was common the world over at different times and included nearly every race ever to live on this planet), no one in my family ever did anything but attempt to make friends with anyone they met regardless of any physical or social standing, and no one in my family ever had the opportunity to become wealthy or powerful enough to oppress anyone.

    Yet, every day I'm sure at least someone is going to see me and think "that damn white man" and assume I'm somehow part of some problem and fixing it will start by treating me like crap.

    White people got used to not being "the be all and end all" from the start. However, a handful of selfish pigs sucking up all the wealth and power in the world, many of whom happen to be of European descent, have never been able to learn any humility or respect for others and they are the people that anyone who feels oppressed, regardless of their physical nature, should look to when they want to cast blame.

    Disliking anyone for their body or their beliefs or their lifestyle, regardless of how much they may physically resemble those individuals who insist on disrespecting everyone else, is hate and it is racism and it is sexism and there are no exceptions to that.

    We will never move forward in any meaningful way as a society and a species until we recognize that everyone is part of the problems and everyone needs to be part of the solutions.

  8. Kelley says:

    Amen! Couldn't have said it better myself! People are hypocrites. It reminds me of ppl who think it's wrong to call someone fat, but have no problem making comments like "you're too skinny".

  9. Jason says:

    This TEDx talk by a former self confessed racist in South Africa is awesome. The guy lived as the only white man in a black African Ghetto for 6 months.

  10. Simple Fed Up says:

    We as Euro Americans (whitee) are to be forever punished for bringing the African Americans (black people)to this country as slaves to be bought and sold.

    Let me ask you this, as long as we're talking about white and black and racism.

    Q. Who sold them first?

    A. Their own tribal elders, that's who. Any of the anti-social, sick, violent and otherwise unfit for their society were sold to the Slave traders, hundreds of years prior to them being brought to America.

    You don't think Whitee wandered through an unfamiliar jungle searching for people to steal aboard ships, do you?
    Of course not.

  11. Travis says:

    Ok something needs to be made clear:

    a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

    having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another.

    hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

    These are the definitions of racism. You are talking about SYSTEMIC racism. If you are going to be redefining words make it clear what you are doing.