This soap dispenser is absolutely racist

This is an odd place to find Jim Crow.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Sep 3, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:09 am CDT

It’s a question that many of us have pondered: Can an automated soap dispenser be racist?

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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.

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So yeah, apparently soap dispensers can be racist. But #NotAllSoapDispensers, presumably.

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Screengrab via Teej Meister/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 3, 2015, 1:36 pm CDT