Imagine, if you will — you’re riding on your bicycle and a person of color cuts you off at the intersection, forcing you to maneuver onto the sidewalk to avoid being sideswiped. If you raise your middle finger and shout “sonovabitch,” you’re racist.
Or, suppose you are running into the lobby of a ritzy building trying to get to a big job interview. You’re almost late, and as you run up to a closing elevator door shouting “please hold the elevator,” an overweight woman smiles as she lets it close in your face. Well, if you shout something that rhymes with ‘fugly bunt,” guess what, you’re a sexist.
Let’s do one more.
Imagine that you’re standing in line at the post office, and the person in line behind you — an anorexic, black, Muslim, gay, transformer — is yanked out of line and executed by the caliphate for the crime of homosexuality. But as zir is being pulled to zhee’s death, zem misgenders you whilst calling for help. If you leave them to their fate for the crime of canceling your lived experienc -e- congratulations, you’re totally not problematic.
This is the world we live in. If you should dare to be curt with a minority, even when said minority behaves in a way that is both rude and selfish, you’re a bad person.
Here’s Tucker Carlson with the story of a man who was mean to a very rude woman. Bad news for him though: that rude woman is black, pregnant, and a state legislator.