When it comes to these racists claiming that they’re not racist at all, most of them are not lying. Before anyone blows their top, please bear in mind what lying really is: a statement made with an intent to deceive. As I’ve pointed out before, most racists do not recognize their own racism for what it is. Most racists are good-hearted, honest, well-meaning people who hold no actual malice against other races, and so believe that due to the lack of malice, their opinions and actions can’t be racist (which btw was how I was raised). What they don’t realize, however, is that racism does not require malice, but only requires untoward assumptions about another race.

To be sure, Schossburg (like Trump) is a racist…but if he really, truly believes that he’s not, then he’s not lying, but is ‘only’ very, very wrong, and neither recognizes his ignorance nor sees any real need to reflect on his own beliefs.

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