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This soap dispenser is absolutely racist
This is an odd place to find Jim Crow.
It’s a question that many of us have pondered: Can an automated soap dispenser be racist?
Some people, of course, would say “no”—soap dispensers are mechanisms completely beyond or devoid of the cognitive bias, systemic influence, and environmental factors that culminate in what we would typically label “racism.” On the other hand, there are these damning videos.
So yeah, apparently soap dispensers can be racist. But #NotAllSoapDispensers, presumably.
Screengrab via Teej Meister/YouTube
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'