“I’m not prejudiced, but…” or “I’m not racist, but…”
The “but” says it all to me…, regardless of what comes after the “but.”
Everyone has prejudice to some degree. When I was a teen in the 60s and very early 70s, I often said, “The only thing I’m prejudiced against is prejudice.” Older now, I acknowledge that I’ve had my share of prejudices, some of which I still struggle with.
When someone says, “I’m not prejudiced,” I’m skeptical.
I was watching a video online the other day when a guy actually said, “I’m not prejudiced or a racist, but there ain’t any way that I’m going to vote for a black man.”
The best I can say about that is that it’s partially honest. Because of his prejudice, he is unable to vote for a black person. It’s too bad that he can’t get past that and vote on the issues rather than the color of a man’s skin.
On an individual basis, I do not care who anyone else is voting for. That’s their personal choice — and, unless they tell me otherwise, I choose to believe that their choices are for reasons other than race or ethnicity.
Hopefully, more people than normal will be able to answer, “Yes,” if someone says, “I voted! Did You?” — and , hopefully, the result will not be significantly influenced by prejudice.
What comes to your mind when you hear someone say, “I’m not prejudiced, but…?”