There are a lot of common phrases that we, as white folks, hear all over the place and probably have even said in the past that have a pretty deep coded racial messages that we may not even realize.
But as of this moment, consider yourself warned.
When you say these common phrases, you’re sending a message out into the world about your internal narrative about race. “Ghetto” and “Sassy” may not have crossed your mind before as words with a racial element, but it’s time you think twice about them.
What other words do you think have racial coding to them? How do “dog whistle” type of words affect the people around us and what can we do to help combat this messaging?