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What Is Something That Isn't Racist But Still Feels Racist To You?

Updated Nov 15, 2020 at 08:20AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

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What Is Something That Isn't Racist But Still Feels Racist To You? is a question that went viral on Twitter, asking users to respond with examples of benign behavior that users associate with racists or bigots. The question inspired several variants, including "What Is Something That Isn't Gay But Still Feels Gay To You?" and "What Is Something That Isn't Asian But Still Feels Asian To You?" These variants use the phrasal template What's Something That Isn't X But Still Feels X to You?

Origin

On November 9th, 2020, Twitter[1] user @abcdrih tweeted, "what鈥檚 something that ISN鈥橳 racist but still FEELS racist to you?" The tweet received more than 33,000 retweets and 13,000 likes in less than three days (shown below).


rebecca @abcdrih what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? 11:40 PM 路 Nov 9, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

In their first answer, @abcdrih tweeted,[2] "I'll go first, white men in flip flops." The post received more than 15,000 likes and 650 retweets in less than three days (shown below).


rebecca @abcdrih Replying to @abcdrih i'll go first, white men in flip flops. f a 11:40 PM 路 Nov 9, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

Spread

Over the next few days, people on Twitter quote tweeted the questions and provided an answer. Twitter[3] user @MitchellCClark tweeted, "when the Black family loses on Family Feud." The post received more than 26,000 lies and 5,200 retweets in less than one week (shown below, left). Twitter[4] user @RAGGEDROYAL tweeted, "when the only black chef gets sent home on Chopped." The tweet received more than 13,000 likes and 2,600 retweets (shown below, center).

Within days, people began posting variations of the question. For example, writer Jonny Sun tweeted,[5] "ok since everyone else is asking with their own variations.. what鈥檚 something that ISN'T asian but still FEELS asian to you?" The tweet received more than 1,300 likes and 400 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).


love yo self. @MichellCClark when the Black family loses on Family Feud rebecca @abcdrih 路 Nov 9 what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? Show this thread 11:48 AM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone vehemently, lauren b. brown @RAGGEDYROYAL 000 when the only black chef gets sent home on Chopped rebecca @abcdrih 路 Nov 9 what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? Show this thread 5:47 PM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone jules 垄 T峄峮 000 @radiantbutch What's something that ISN'T antisemitic but FEELS antisemitic to you? 9:54 PM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

Various Examples


killaky @koko4ky 000 When white girls say sis rebecca @abcdrih 路 Nov 9 what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? Show this thread 5:44 PM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Moses Sumney 000 @MosesSumney white people speaking in tongues rebecca @abcdrih 路 Nov 9 what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? Show this thread 5:40 PM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Bria Celest 000 @55mmbae Pics of people holding fish rebecca @abcdrih 路 Nov 9 what's something that ISN'T racist but still FEELS racist to you? Show this thread 1:48 PM 路 Nov 10, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone
Jess Zimmerman 000 @j_zimms I was going to do a joke answer but I realized I feel very strongly about my real answer: overemphasizing Chanukah jules T峄峮 @radiantbutch 路 Nov 10 What's something that ISN'T antisemitic but FEELS antisemitic to you? Show this thread 7:26 AM 路 Nov 11, 2020 路 Twitter Web App sarah schauer 20 000 @sarahschauer failing to signal when merging on the highway Nathan McDermott @natemcdermott 路 22h what's something that ISN'T gay but still FEELS gay to you? Show this thread 1:06 PM 路 Nov 11, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Sarah Silverman 000 @SarahKSilverman July jules T峄峮 @radiantbutch 路 Nov 10 What's something that ISN'T antisemitic but FEELS antisemitic to you? Show this thread 3:20 PM 路 Nov 11, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone


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