Last week, Twitter user @texpatriate posted a satirical list of rape prevention tips aimed at turning the victim-blaming mentality of society on its head. When comedian Sarah Silverman retweeted the post, masses of people were offended at the joke — unwittingly at their expense. Rape is a serious issue that doesn’t get the acknowledgment it deserves, and barbs that shed light on the layers of issues that foster a culture that not only let it happen but find ways to shame and silence those that experience the horrific act.
There are many other societal ills that are swept under the rug — a hard feat considering the 24-hour news cycle and bumper crop of websites more than willing to call people on their shit. In that spirit, let’s highlight another of man’s failings, racism, with racism prevention tips.