These days, I really miss that black-and-white simplicity that comes with naiveté. I actually found myself in the midst of a revealing discussion with friends uttering the words, “Racism is not necessarily ‘bad’.” Yes. Those words exactly. I could try to explain it now, but…yeah, I probably should.
What I meant to say was that racism is the product of stereotyping, which is in itself part of being human and not necessarily “bad”. Racism is a big bad complicated thing, though. And it’s true that not everyone who happens to hold a stereotype relating to culture or race is a bad person, but the stereotype should be acknowledged and addressed.
It would have been better if I had just said, “Racism is bad.” Right?