You might wanna sit down for this one: The Western world can be a little bit racist sometimes. Of course, these days it's all couched in dog whistles and stupid hand gestures, but it used to be less ... subtle. From the games we played to the songs we sang to the founding of entire states, it seems like Get Out was less horror/thriller and more "level-headed documentary." While a lot of the old racist elements have thankfully faded away, you can still see them if you know how ...
5The SATs Were Designed To Keep Out Jews
Old-timey WASPs of the East Coast had themselves a problem: Jewish students were getting good enough grades to get into their prestigious Ivy League schools. By the 1920s, about a quarter of Harvard's incoming freshmen were Jewish. What was a racist to do? If they enacted limits, they admitted that the students they kept out deserved to be there. Outright banning them wouldn't be fashionable for another few decades, either.
Enter Carl Brigham. Turning to racist science (which is like real science, except it's not science), Carl set out to create a college entrance exam using IQ tests which favored Anglo students. In fact, he developed the entire SAT around them. As a Columbia Dean once celebrated, "We have honestly attempted to eliminate the lowest grade of applicant, and it turns out that a good many of the low grade men are New York City Jews." What a coincidence!
The traditional student body could now go back to the things they liked best -- polo, touching each other's butts with plungers, and writing Hitler's music -- unmolested by the thought of a kid down the hall wearing a yarmulke. But the celebration was short-lived, because it didn't take long for Jewish students to figure out how to crack the test. Stanley Kaplan helped Jewish kids from New York do precisely that, and then built an empire on it. Brigham's whole design backfired, as many Jews and other nonwhite kids officially passed the test, more or less guaranteeing themselves admission. Brigham later recanted his views on inherent intelligence, and like a Pinocchio made out of hate instead of wood, he became a real scientist. It's taken us decades to begin discarding standardized tests altogether, but Kaplan has to make its money somehow.
4Marijuana Is Super Racist
No, there's no such thing as a racist plant. The problem is the word "marijuana" itself. Although "marijuana" is one of the Spanish words for the plant, Spanish-speaking countries also use the term more commonly used in Britain and Canada, "cannabis." It worked just fine in the United States for a while, too. Then, in the early 20th century, anti-drug crusaders started looking for a new way to brand the drug, because America could not withstand a cookie shortage during the Great War.