18 GIFs for shutting down racists on Facebook

Warning: Use of these GIFs may cause white tears.

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Published Sep 27, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:59 pm CDT

If you talk to enough white people on Facebook, it’s bound to happen eventually—one of them will say something racist.

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It doesn’t have to be malicious. It doesn’t even have to be intentional. It could be something as simple (and cringeworthy) as “I love your guys’ hair! Can I touch it?” Whatever it is, you can rest assured: It’s gonna happen.

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Although there are plenty of primers with great advice for handling white blunders, some racist remarks are so bad they’ll leave you speechless—and that’s where GIFs come in handy. Behold: 18 comebacks in GIF form for some common racist blunders. Enjoy.

1) “I don’t see color.”

2) “ALL lives matter.”

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3) “Black people just need to—”

4) Any mention of “sensitivity” or “PC culture.”

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5) “I’m not racist, but—”

6) “Some of my best friends are black people.” 

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7) “[People of color] are playing the victim.’”

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8) “You’re playing the ‘race card.’”

9) “I’m one-eighteenth Cherokee, so… ”

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10) “This isn’t about race!”

11) “I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, or purple!”

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12) “My ancestors were Irish, so I know about being discriminated against.”

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13) “Why isn’t there a WHITE history month?”

14) “You’re being racist against white people.”

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15) “There’s more black-on-black crime than there is white-on-black crime.”

16) “Just because I’m white doesn’t mean I have white privilege.”

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17) “Talking about race is divisive.”

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18) “Slavery’s been over for two hundred years!”

Illustration by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Sep 27, 2015, 12:00 pm CDT