Video: The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use

The point isn’t that we necessarily have to abandon phrases like “hip hip hooray” and “no can do.” But understanding their racist origins helps us move beyond them.

I know, I know. You probably haven’t tuned in to MTV recently—unless you’re a big fan of teenage reality shows. But as it turns out, the music-less music television station is working to educate their audience on the racist origins of some commonly used phrases.

Watch the video above to see if you know the history behind some expressions you’ve probably been using.

Know of another phrase that should be added to the list? Share it with us in the comment section below.