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Old 13 September 2017, 05:59 PM
pinqy pinqy is offline
Join Date: 20 February 2000
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pinqy's rule of Contrary Statements: The truth doesn't need to say it's the truth, and disclaimers imply guilt.

If someone has to tell you to trust them or believe them: don't. If you are actually trustworthy/believable, you don't need to tell anyone.

If someone says they're not a racist/sexist, then they just said or are about to say something clearly racist/sexist. It can be the case that they honestly do not think their statement is racist/sexist but recognize that it can be taken that way. If the full phrase is "I'm not a racist/sexist, but...." then they know and acknowledge that they're about to say something clearly racist/sexist.
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