When it Comes to Racism, Does Intent Matter? It’s Complicated

Sometimes it matters, other times it doesn’t, and you should know the difference

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“I didn’t mean anything by it.”

It’s the predictable defense for most after being accused of saying or doing something racist or, in some other way, prejudicial. As in, “It was just a joke!” Or, if not…

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Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)