There are certain situations in life that leave you feeling like a racist, when in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. For example:

  • Getting your shoes shined by an African-American.
  • Thinking the poetry of Langston Hughes is slightly overrated.
  • Not understanding the South American fellow taking your order.
  • Discussing Birth of a Nation/ Huck Finn in class.
  • Describing a black coworker's fashion sense as "urban."
  • Asking the Asian kid in your math class for homework help.
  • Referring to somebody you don't know as "the black one" or "that Asian girl."
  • Deep down thinking that affirmative action is just a teensy tiny bit unfair.
  • Double checking to see if your wallet is there after standing next to an African American on a subway or bus.
  • Accidentally saying your friend lives in a "black neighborhood" instead of "bad neighborhood." They sound alike!
  • Wondering, in passing, how much easier life would be with slaves.
  • Throwing a brick through a black professor's house window.