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A Facebook Update For Anyone Who's Ever Said, 'I Am Not Racist'

I saw this status update on one of those painful news days when my feed was swept by righteous anger and wheel-spinning debate. The poster, Conor Foley, was kind enough to let me share it with you. Hopefully you'll pass it on too.


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"Too often I allow myself to be silent in the face of polarizing arguments had on social media, especially when those arguments involve privilege. I legitimize my withdrawal with the claim that 'I don't use Facebook that way' when in fact I do regularly consume the words and experiences of others in this space.


Fear of being called out or uncertainty of my own motivations for posting (often to receive accolades) are two common motivators for my inaction.


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However, the most significant cause is my own entrenched investment in my privilege. This process of withdrawal and self-assurance is exactly the type of behavior that stokes the fires of racism. The same fire fueled Darren Wilson's actions and the actions and words of many others in the physical and online racial attacks that have ensued.


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I speak now because I am motivated by a different fear. The fear that if I do not speak I will lose the fight for my humanity. By speaking up we are engaging in healing, both communal and personal. There are lots of stories and accounts to be read today. I suggest a close reading of your own story of action and inaction in the face of racism."


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Foley's recommended reading:

"Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson"

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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