5 Ways to Tell if You're Being Racist on the Internet

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Railing against the above graphic got me banned from yet another Facebook. I wasn't really commenting on the mild but overt racism of the image. What set me off was the fact that the poster couldn't understand the differences between the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jacqueline Gardner, or why Martin's story inspired so much media scrutiny. Hint: It had nothing to do with the race of the victim.

Martin was an unarmed teenager gunned down by a man police specifically told not to approach Martin who was then released without charges. Gardner was attacked in her home by three men who robbed her and were immediately pursued by police for their actions. Both deaths were tragic, both were killed by people not of their race, both were initially reported in the news and then forgotten, but the similarities end there.

The thing that turned Martin into a national story was a community that wouldn't leave the question of whether justice was being done on behalf of Martin alone, whereas in Gardner's case such a question is irrelevant because all three men are in custody on murder charges and will have their day in court.

Gardner's death was unfortunate, as was Martin's, but what a lot of people seem unable to grasp is that it's not a case of a white woman's death being swept under the rug while a black man's is plastered across the news media. The reason is, frankly, a lot of people have no idea that they're being racist. They simply have no clue. Which is why I've put together a five-step program to determine if you're being racist on the internet. Like the signs of alcoholism, exhibiting even one is not a good sign, so try to be honest with yourself.


1. Do people often call you racist? This is the simplest and easiest sign that you may have veered into Hatersville. Of course, there are always touchy people who will scream racism at any criticism of any minority, but we're not talking about those people. Do you regularly get called out for statements as being racist? Have you lost online friends and contacts over things you've posted?

Below each story at Houston Press is a handy section for comments, and like all writers I've had to learn to take them with a grain of absinthe. Occasionally, a consistent complaint comes through, such as speaking in first-person plural being elitist and creepy. So I stopped doing that. Look for trends in your interactions with people. If separate parties keep saying that you're being racist, there's a good chance you are.


2. Do people of the race you're talking about "like" comments arguing against you? A month or so back a Facebook friend went on a Caps Lock tirade against illegal immigrants taking all the jobs, including her husband's, because they were willing to work for beans and rice. My first thought was, "Awesome! I'm going to pay four of them to carry me around in a throne like Xerxes at that price!" but then I started pointing out the various holes in her theory.

This went on for a while, and it didn't take long before I realized that pretty much every comment I made was liked by three folks named Hernandez, Rios, and Perez and none of hers were. That's because some people don't fell comfortable wading into such an emotional argument, but are more than happy to cheer on someone doing it on their behalf. When your friends of one race all quietly side against you you should take stock of how the argument you're making might be being received.



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Travis Fox
Travis Fox

"Martin was an unarmed teenager gunned down by a man police specifically told not to approach Martin who was then released without charges." False. A recommendation by a police dispatcher that "You don't need to do that" is not a lawful order.

Chris IGet Gully
Chris IGet Gully

Maybe its so different because Trayvon was a child! Hundreds of people die everyday from homicides, so every story wont be told. But the Trayvon Martin case is completely a racist thing and thats why it garnered so much attention. People dont like racism so when it happens a light is shinned on it by everyone to try and get rid of it. 

Jeff Derrickson
Jeff Derrickson

The passion in these comments! How about we all take a breath and eat some ice cream? lol

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Also, after a brief talk with the editor I am forbidden to prove that I have functioning genitalia via photographic evidence. 

David Franklin
David Franklin

Very good, Skippy! Maybe when you get to the eighth grade, you won't have to ride on the blue bus anymore.

David Franklin
David Franklin

There is no such thing as liberal ideology, only leftist ideology. The complicit play on the good intentions and compassion of the naive, to advance their collectivist agenda, the same agenda that in the past has led to human misery and suffering on a scale so massive that it doesn't even fit in the average human mind. So, are you the complicit, or the naive? I'm guessing the latter.

David Franklin
David Franklin

Very original. Why didn't you just say "I know you are, but what am I"? You sanctimonious drones just can't wait for the big, bad racist guy to post, so you can all try to out-do one another with your anti-racist blather. Deep down inside, in the part of you that you loathe most, you know the truth. You will never let down the facade, for fear that you will be ostracized by others who feel exactly the same way, so you bleat and babble along with the rest of the sheep. Excuse me if I can't live like that.

Mic
Mic

Here is a thought get a real job you racist moron. Your lack of intelligence is evident from the 12 year old's vocabulary used in the article, as is your racism. Self loathing  idiots like you excuse any crime committed by your special minority but highlight those committed by whites. If you dislike the USA so much move to africa but hypocrites like you won't do that will you.

COCO
COCO

Jef you are a RACIST idiot and an illiterate BIGOT.

Tawna33
Tawna33

 that is exzactlty corect

Jbpanzer6
Jbpanzer6

Yeah, I'm a racist.  So what?  Actually I'm a speciesist, but I'll make it simple.  I am proud of my European-American heritage, and I resent having it destroyed by nitwits such as you, Jef with one F, and your ceaseless breast-beating expressions of white guilt.  Well, Jef (did your mama really name you that or do you just think it looks distinctive?)  I don't share your guilt or your insipid shame over your own race.  You are an idiot, Jef with one F, and I just hope most of the people who read your drivel realize it.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

You mean like the FBI numbers that show 70 percent of race-targeted crimes are against blacks and only 17 percent are against whites?

Liberal Hypocrisy
Liberal Hypocrisy

It is NOT racism to say blacks target whites at a rate higher than whites target blacks.  That's all fact and can be proven by many sets of available of numbers. It IS racist to say my ethnic group is better than your, black, ethnic group; or that ALL blacks are criminals, based on those or any other conceptions. Using that misconception as a wholesale reason on how you will treat someone based on them belonging to that ethnic group is also racism. rac·ism/ˈrāˌsizəm/ Noun:The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as...Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief

IhatetheMSM
IhatetheMSM

You can disagree with the tone and content of the poster/graphic all you want.  What you cannot disagree with is the point being made that the media had a feeding frenzy on the Martin  story becuase they "thought" they had a white-on-black bias crime.  Meanwhile a most heinous black-on-white crime receives scant attention.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Yeah, I'm not going to be doing that. I get a nice paycheck and video games delivered right to my door. No one would give up this gig.

James
James

 You're an idiot with no critical thinking skills. Stop writing anything, forever.

Jim C
Jim C

Whoa, I thought the choices were detouring down a dark alley with black guys standing about right now, or another dark alley with white guys standing about right now.  I didn't know I could choose the later.  Maybe if I waited long enough all the guys standing about in alleys would go home?

John Bauer
John Bauer

The real universal truth that a true Realist would derive from this is that race, color, ethnicity, gender, etc. don't matter in the least...that is such pure pollyanna bs, here anwser this question your alone walking down the street it's closed ahead, you must detour down dark alley with black guys standing about or another dark alley with white guys standing about, that is all the info & you have to choose, no going back... hell even most the black guys I know would choose the alley with white guys so you going to tell me you would not choose the later.

Joanie JoJo
Joanie JoJo

Everyone is racist ~ it is only wrong when you base your decisions on race.

Piddle
Piddle

@Travis Fox HAHA, silly ass.

Mike Trapps
Mike Trapps

 plus the biggest difference is those guy were arrested and are awaiting trial on thier case. The Police department did not take thier word if they committed the crime or not . The only thing that Travon Martin parents and most blacks  wanted is to have him put on trial like any one else is involved is a killing or shooting. The authority involved decided that they were going to be the judge and jury. The true will come out and when the decision is made everyone needs to live with it.

sploog
sploog

@Liberal Hypocrisy so if you know and acknowledge exceptions to your stereotyping  then you get a pass? dont think it works that way

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