Watch This Satirical Video of Mythical ‘Not Racist’ White Americans
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is well-known for challenging social stereotypes via her YouTube channel. Recently, she teamed up with MTV News on a web series called “MTV Decoded.” In this series, she tackles issues of race relations and tense social issues like use of the N-word, police violence, and other societal issues.
In this video, Ramsey spoofs White Americans who congratulate themselves for being “not racist.” The comedic short highlights the fact that Whites often enjoy the privilege of excusing themselves from racism and structural inequality. And, when they avoid explicitly expressing racial animus toward people of color, they sometimes (illegitimately) take more credit for fighting racism than they deserve.
In all, while the video is meant to invoke laughter, it illustrates how racism has been normalized in many ways. Some things just don’t warrant congratulations. Hopefully, more folks begin to figure that out.
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