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10 Things White People Need To Stop Saying In 2016

We've all heard them... And let's face it: we're over it. Below, please find a list of some of the most annoyingly offensive things that we'd like for white people to stop saying. NOW.

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1. "But my best friend is black, so..."

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Newsflash: You can have a black friend and STILL be racist.

Also, your ONE black friend being okay with all of the racist things you say and do does NOT, in fact, make them okay. It also doesn't make them not racist.

5. "Stop making everything about race..."

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How is it that there's more pressure on black people to stop talking about race than there is on racists to stop being racist? This society doesn't want racism to end... It just wants people to stop talking about it...

6. "You calling out all the negative things about racist white people actually makes YOU the racist..."

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Listen. Expressing discontent at all the ways in which racist white society oppresses, marginalizes, tokenizes, and otherwise disrespects us both individually and as a race IS NOT RACIST. It's the reality of our lived experiences. Got it? Good.

7. "I don't see race..."

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TRANSLATION: I'm going to use my place privilege to refute and deny the sufferings of those who do no have white privilege, while at the same time erasing their personal and cultural history.

8. "Reverse Racism..."

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When people of color call out racism and discrimination, or create spaces for themselves that white people aren’t a part of--think, 'Black Girls Rock'--said white people have been known to refer to these actions as 'reverse racism.'

It is rooted in the deep-seated need of many white people to deny their privilege. It is used as a way to justify injustice, and it needs to stop.

So STOP IT. Enough is enough.

9. "I'm not racist, BUT..."

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These words are ALWAYS followed by something racist.

Rule of Thumb: If you feel the need to precede a thought with these words, that particular thought probably shouldn't be shared... Also, you're probably racist. Just saying....

10. In Response to the BlackLivesMatter Movement: "ALL Lives Matter..."

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"It's obvious that All Lives Matter. The distinction is that ALL LIVES are not devalued. ALL LIVES are not stripped of humanity. ALL LIVES are not taken with zero regard for justice. BLACK LIVES are. And so, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become necessary, because the messaging from society-at-large speaks a very different truth..."

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