The backstory: I teach a rather cantankerous Government class this year; one with rather wily homework habits. So I was reminding folks that the next homework was due Friday and I was further reinforcing that late assignments would not do.
Me: You people aren't pulling any fast ones this time around. The assignments are due Friday, by which I mean FRIDAY.
Student X: "You people?" That's racist.
And before I could say a thing, we all heard this:
Student R: That's not racist. There's a bunch of white people in this room.
Student R is not white. Neither is she ever late with her homework. We all burst into laughter.