The Racism Test

The Racism Test June 22, 2013


Take the test. Answer each question truthfully:

1. Have you ever used a racial slur of any sort? Y or N.

2. Have you ever been present when a family member or a friend or co-worker used a racial slur? Y or N.

3. If yes to any of the above questions, in what context was that racial slur used?

4. If no, is there any context you can think of at all in which it would be appropriate to use a racial slur? Y or N.

5. Is it okay for people of the same ethnicity to use racial slurs when speaking to one another? Y or N.

6. Circle the examples of when the use of racial slurs are acceptable:

– When someone of color holds a gun to your head

– While watching Comedy Central

– With a trusted friend or family member

– In literature

– In music

– In sports

– Never

6. Have you ever laughed when a friend or family member belittled a person of a different ethnicity?  Y or N.

7. Have you ever defended another person’s use of racial slurs for any reason? Y or N.

8. Have you ever stood by silently when a boss or co-worker, friend or family member used a racial slur?  Y or N.

9. Is there any race or ethnicity that you consider yourself better than? Y or N.

10. Has the way you think about people of different ethnicity changed over the years? Y or N.

11. If you answered yes to any of the above questions, do you consider yourself a racist?  Y or N.


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  • Karin Simon

    my answer to the above is never.

  • Ambaa

    No to all. I can see how slurs could be appropriate in literature in books that show how vile it is. I catch myself once in a while with a racist thought, but luckily I am able to see it and tell my mind that whatever it is thinking is not true.

    • Would there be any other way racial slurs in literature, in music, other than to show how vile it is?

  • tehsilentone

    What’s the point of this?

    • critical-thinking skill test.

      • tehsilentone

        well i dont get it but here goes.

        1. yes
        2. yes
        3. ironic statement or generality not to specific person (those questions ought to have different context replies – I for one have never whined about japs/mexicans taking over cities, but with a minority friend might do some selfaware racist humor with him)
        4. n/a
        5. yes – commiseration
        6. media should not be dealt with differently. And i hardly see a gun in your face to be a smart time to get racially lippy.
        7. no? don’t think so at least.. certainly complained about term uses, or country/race generalities
        8. yes – tried a few times. I’d rather not get fired or disowned
        9. no
        10. yes – as a youth I believed in the mark of cain. Now that sounds ridiculous to me.. at very least it would make more sense to do the sons of ham crap..
        11. no i’m not a racist.

        • So using a racial slur doesn’t necessarily make a person racist?

          • tehsilentone

            Intent does, but that’s an impossible thing to measure without intimacy with the user. Thus avoiding racist remarks entirely would be ideal.

  • Sandy Anderson

    Yes, before I became a Christian and when the folks used slurs against me (just a few because I would always cringe)

    Yes, my grandparents and some other relatives would use slurs as I was growing up.

    see above. I did use slurs and slurs were used around me. In all honesty I believe at some point EVERYONE of us no matter who we are will have to say YES to these questions.

    NOT any longer it is unacceptable.

    No I do not think it is acceptable for someone of the same racial background to use slurs.

    While there maybe writings and tv programs it is unacceptable. I know that some of the older (classic) writings used this as did some of the older(classic) movies.. They would even do what is called “black face” (a form of painting ones face). But it is unacceptable.

    NO I NEVER have laughed … I always cringed even when I used it.

    NO I have never defended the use of slurs even in my own life

    Yes, when I was a kid I would stand by but as an adult NO I have not stood by

    NO we all bleed the same and there is not any one better than another.

    Yes, I have changed my thought process over the years.

    NO I do not think that if someone has used a slur maybe a couple of times that they are racist. I think a racist is more expanded on the issue than just a few slurs in a lifetime. I think that we have to be honest an admit that our society is flawed and that every one has sometime or another said things inappropriate

  • Noah172

    Sticks and stones may break my bones…

    There is a lot more to “racism” (real and imagined), or any sort of animosity, than the words that we express in public and private settings. There are plenty of allegedly progressive whites who mouth liberal pieties, who would give emphatic “proper” answers to the questions in this blog post, but who nevertheless in their *actions* demonstrate that they have similar attitudes about race as non-progressive, “racist” whites: moving to a new neighborhood and school district when the current ones become too black — oops, I mean “unwelcoming” or some other euphemism; enrolling one’s children in a heavily white private school if one’s assigned public school is too, well, *you know*; avoiding black or Hispanic neighborhoods at night, or even the daytime; you get the idea.

    Re: #6, if a person *of any race* is holding a gun to my head, is it morally unacceptable for me to use a racial slur for that person, but acceptable, for instance, to say something beastly about his mother, or his manhood, or just scream random profanities? What is the moral distinction?

    According to the About tab on this blog post, the blog author here lives in Ellensburg, Washington, a town, which, according to the Census, is more than 80 percent white, has almost no blacks at all, and is about 10 percent Hispanic. The rural census tracts immediately adjacent to the town in every direction are even whiter than the already very white town. This in a region which has experienced a great deal of Hispanic influx for agricultural labor and so forth, especially around Yakima, to the south of Ellensburg. Should we make finger-wagging moral judgements of the author based on her choice of residence, as she does based on other people’s choice of words?

    • Noah: You inadvertently do a good job of making my point. There is a lot more to racism than the words we use, albeit those are telling.

      But I wonder why you felt the need to mock to make the point?

      BTW: You should not believe everything you read. Although, I question if you read it. The “About” tab doesn’t state that I live in Ellensburg, only that I teach there. In reality the town I live in is 40 percent Hispanic. And I’m not making judgement about the racism of others based on words. I’m only offering one way to further the discussion on these matters.

      • Noah172

        Please excuse my error in assuming your residence. It seemed to me that the nearest towns to Ellensburg with more than 20% non-white populations (Yakima, Quincy, Wenatchee, etc.) were beyond what I would consider reasonable commuting distance, and thus I made an incorrect assumption about your place of residence. In any case, there are plenty of whites out there who do assert their moral superiority on the subject of race from the comforting cocoon of their overwhelmingly white (and often expensive) environs.

        My comment may have included a shade of mockery, but all of it was intended to make serious points. I don’t get the moralistic fetish exhibited in this blog post (and common among self-congratulatory white progressives) with banishing a relatively small vocabulary of racial epithets, which, in my experience, is usually combined with a lack of moral concern for non-racial vulgarity, and often a promiscuous use of non-racial vulgarity in ordinary conversation. Your question #6 is a reductio ad absurdum of this line of thinking: it is “racist” to utter a racial epithet to someone who is threatening your life, about as stressful a situation as one can imagine; hence my serious question about the moral status, as you and others see it, of uttering non-racial profanity to a potential murderer.

  • Sandy Anderson

    I feel honored

  • Aryan Nordic White Man

    Im Racist And Proud That I Can realize Difference.

    Anti-Racism And Racism Can Be And Is Used As Code For Anti-White. Shouting The Word Racism Silences The Opposition, Allowing The Enemy To Claim Victory. I? Am American i was not racist, but to say i am not racist is to say i dont realize people are different not only inside but out. to say your not racist is to say you refuse to learn about difference. Realizing Difference Is Racist. Have Courage Over Come Fear And be Free, Free to Think.? Dare To Think?