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I am thrilled to be the guest all week on the Yo, Is This Racist? Podcast. Inspired by the blog of the same name, the podcast is pretty much what it sounds like it would be: people leave voicemails asking if various things could be considered racist. It might surprise you to hear that pretty much everything is clearly racist.

One note for the listener: at one point I declare that when a woman displays racist tendencies, it saddens me more than when a man does, and host Andrew Ti asks me why. And I stammer and sputter and can’t truly articulate why. Much later, it came to me: because women are so often treated like garbage for no other reason than because they are women, I guess I had come to expect more empathy from women when it comes to being discriminated against, since they definitely know how it feels.

But in thinking about it further, I have come to feel that it’s unfair of me to saddle HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION with being more empathic than the other half. As ever, it comes down to this:

It’s EVERYONE’S responsibility to not be racist. “Responsibility,” you ask? “Yes,” I answer! Oh, you’re free to be racist, of course. You can be racist all you want. Be racist in a box, be racist with a fox. But if you’re going to keep your mind that closed, if you are incurious about perspectives other than the one you’ve just always had, please know that you are opting out of basic human decency.

We’re trying to have a society, here.

Thanks to Earwolf for the pictures.