Basic White People Are Racist… Part II

Mary Poppins rolling her eyes in disappointment

Mary Poppins rolling her eyes in disappointment

I honestly don’t know what to do with my fellow white people. We… I… we’re really just doing the most, aren’t we? Are we like… determined to be seen as literally the worst?

I’ve already done this once, back in March, but clearly we white people want to make this a series. I should have been paying more attention, honestly, because I know I missed a lot, and, in fact, I’m starting off with something that happened a little ways back in the past, in April, when Starbucks got caught out…

Y’all remember the story, right? Philadelphia Starbucks, two black men came in early for a business meeting, decided to hang out, the white-as-hell manager decided she was gonna call the cops on them because she’s racist…

Two black men were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday after staff called the police to report they refused to leave; the men hadn’t ordered anything and were reportedly waiting for a business associate to arrive. The staff reportedly called 911 because Starbucks does “not allow nonpaying people from the public to come in and use the restroom,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the Philadelphia Inquirer. The employees said the men were trespassing and had refused to leave the restaurant.

The men were not trespassing and Starbucks does allow nonpaying customers to use the bathrooms. I’ve never had any trouble using Starbucks bathrooms without buying anything…

I can’t figure out why that would be, though…

Like… it’s so strange why those two men would be arrested for using a Starbucks bathroom, but I can just waltz in and use one…

Me, Nathan, sitting in a chair, wearing a pirate hat with wig and my own long hair, and a Led Zeppelin leather jacket, smiling for the camera.

Me, Nathan, sitting in a chair, wearing a pirate hat with wig and my own long hair, and a Led Zeppelin leather jacket, smiling for the camera.

Oh… oh I get it now…

(I’m white.)

Of course Starbucks “apologized”, with the CEO wanting to “meet” the two men. You know Kevin, buddy, pal… I don’t know that that’s a good idea. You may just want to… you know… pay them, and leave them alone.

‘Cause… you know Starbucks is gonna have to pay out on this. These two men sued both Starbucks and Philadelphia. They settled with the city for $1 each, because that was more about raising awareness. But Starbucks better make them millionaires (if they want it, obviously), in my humble opinion.

So that’s Starbucks, but oh it doesn’t end there. For white people, it never does. Let’s travel up north a ways, to Connecticut (hey! My birth state!) and Yale University.

So let’s say you’re walking into your dorm building, and you see a student sleeping on one of the public couches. What do you do?

Personally, I’m the type of person to chuckle to myself, think “you know what, I know how they feel. Heck… I’m tired enough right now I’m not sure if I’m gonna make it to my bed” and then… you know… move on with my bad self.

But I guess, when you’re racist, what you are going to do is…

Call the police.

Because it is, apparently, a terrible horrible crime for a black woman to be sleeping on a couch in a dorm that she lives in while attending the very college that owns said dorms.

According to the Yale Daily News, African studies graduate student Lolade Siyonbola said that while studying in her dormitory’s common area, she fell asleep. Siyonbola was then awakened by a white graduate student named as Sarah Braasch.

Braasch told Siyonbola that she could not sleep in the common area, and threatened to call the police, according to videos posted by Siyonbola.

“I have every right to call the police,” Braasch can be seen telling Siyonbola. “You cannot sleep in that room.”

Multiple white police officers arrived soon after and began questioning Siyonbola. In an effort to convince the officers that she was a resident, she unlocked her door in front of the officers to show she lived there after they insisted on seeing her I.D.

By the way… that white women? She’s done this before.

In March, Siyonbola and another black student, Jean-Louis Reneson, submitted a complaint about a separate incident also involving Braasch, the Yale Daily News reported.

The incident occurred after Siyonbola invited several colleagues, including Reneson, to the same residence hall on Feb. 24 for a meeting in the common room.

Reneson, who got lost inside the building, was physically blocked by Braasch from entering the common room and accused him of being an intruder, according to the complaint.

“Feeling ignored, I went down to base of the twelfth floor and eleventh floor and turned my back, but she continued to verbally assault me from the twelfth floor, claiming that I ‘didn’t belong here’ and I was making her ‘uncomfortable,” Reneson told Yale Daily.

Two things:

1) Yale, you need to expel Sarah Braasch.

2) Sarah, you need to go back home to your KKK family and find a Mighty White school. Does the KKK have a university? I have a feeling you’ll feel more comfortable there.

What’s that? You have a black friend?

Bullshit. I literally don’t believe you. The last black person you called the cops on doesn’t count.

Actually, there’s a third thing… a question I think Yale really needs to answer…

“I don’t remember receiving any sort of apology from her the first time, and this time the email was very vague, just not decisive, it just wasn’t direct with what the actual issues are,” [Siyonbola] told Yale’s student newspaper.

“Do you want black students at Yale or do you not want black students at Yale? If you do, then be very clear about taking decisive action so incidents do not continue to happen.”

I feel like Yale and Starbucks need to take the same class on diversity and how to definitively deal with racism.

But I’m not done!

Yet another white person called cops on black people! This one happened out in Oakland, California and, frankly, is almost funny.

So two black men are in a park, grilling a great picnic over some nice charcoal (don’t get me wrong… gas and electric grills are great, but nothing beats charcoal and/or wood grilling… that flavor!). A white woman sees them, calls the cops, ends up on video and… starts crying.

Oh those White Woman Tears…

On 11 May 2018, the Facebook page for media company NowThis News published a clip showing what it described as a white woman calling the police on a largely black group of people grilling at a park in Oakland, California

A far longer version of the video was shared to YouTube on 29 April 2018, showing a lengthier interaction

In total, witnesses said, the woman was at the site of the barbecue for two hours, waiting for a police response.

Two hours.

Two hours.

Now there is a surprising twist to this one…

The cops… actually did the right thing! They sided with the family that was BBQing! They said that everything was fine, it was a permitted BBQing area, there’s nothing wrong with it. And that’s good!

Now, what I will point out is that a lot of people on Twitter claim to have identified the woman. So… this is interesting for me. I first heard about this particular phenomenon from Rod and Keren Morrow of the Black Guy Who Tips. They called it Black Twitter CSI, and created a theme song and everything (seriously… if you aren’t listening to TBGWT… what is wrong with you? You don’t know what you’re missing!). Basically what happens is that video of some white person being super racist hits the social medias, and then Black Twitter CSI comes around and, yes, basically doxxes said person.

Now, here’s my conundrum. On the one hand, I do believe that doxxing is wrong. It has been used in the past to silence feminists, terrify people, ruin people’s lives, and so on. It is a horrible weapon.

On the other hand, though… fuck these racist assholes. They deserve to be fired. They deserve to be shamed. They deserve to have all their shit thrust into the sunlight for all to see. We should know who each and every racist is. I’ve made it clear in the past that I want to live in a world where racists are quite literally too afraid of society to leave their homes. I do not want racists (like these white assholes) roaming our streets, making them less safe for people of color.

The problem comes in when Black Twitter CSI (or anyone doing this work) gets it wrong. They identify the wrong person, and that person, who is innocent, gets screwed over. So… that whole thing is a double-edged sword and yeah… I really don’t know how I feel about it.

And this woman wasn’t the only white person investigated by Black Twitter CSI.

More recently, a white d00d in Manhattan lost his racist mind when, at a take-out restaurant, he heard an employee speaking Spanish with a customer

A Facebook video that went viral on Wednesday shows a New York lawyer going off on a racist tirade and threatening to call immigration authorities—all because women at a lunch chain were speaking Spanish.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America,” shouted the man, who has been identified by the Forward as Aaron Schlossberg, owner of a Manhattan law firm.

Gothamist reported that the video, originally posted by Edward Suazo, was filmed at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan. Suazo wrote on the post that his wife and her friend were speaking Spanish with the cashier when Schlossberg went off and threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Your clients and your staff are speaking Spanish to staff when they should be speaking English…” Schlossberg says to a manager in the video. “My guess is they’re undocumented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them taken out of my country. If they have the balls to come here and live off my money—I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here.”

This supreme secret member of the KKK straight up threatened to call ICE. I’m not sure which is worse… calling the cops on a black person or calling ICE on an immigrant who isn’t white. I mean, the things can’t really be compared; they are both horrible and at best will get someone arrested, at worst could get them killed. So really, they’re equal. But regardless… we white people really need to let go of the emergency numbers for a while, I think. Let’s not be the ones calling law enforcement agencies, especially on people of color… that’s no longer up to us.

This guy was indeed identified, BTW, and he and his private practice were entirely kicked out of the building where he was renting office space. Note how he goes out of his way to ignore reporters…

Yeah buddy. That’s all you can do, now. I would suggest leaving New York entirely brosky… brociferous… brofasaurus rex. I think… maybe… deep south Georgia would be more your speed? Then you could put up that Confederate flag I know you got stashed in your New York apartment. And I’ll bet you’ll just have so much fun representing Neo-Nazis.

Is Richard Spencer looking for a lawyer? Probably not… he’s probably too busy getting punched in the face (that never gets old!).

We white people really strive to make the world go round… and round… and round… and round… until it’s completely down the drain. We just can’t let this fucking go. Cops, ICE… they’re our personal weapons against people of color.

Look, let’s be completely honest, here… we know what calling these people will do. We’re completely aware of it. It’s what we fucking want to happen. Every single time a white person picks up the phone to call 911, just look at the person they’re accusing… said person is definitely a person of color, and most likely black. And that white person knows that calling 911 means that black person may very well be killed… that’s the whole fucking point.

And it’s infuriating.

And if we head back out to California, this time Rialto, we see a situation that got a lot closer to the way this usually goes (although, thankfully, nobody was murdered or got arrested)…

Three black women (and a white woman, but notice her absence from this story… and no, that is not a commentary on this particular white woman… you’ll see what I mean) were checking out of an Airbnb, putting their luggage in their car when

Earlier this week, three black Airbnb guests checked out of their rental only to be met by seven police cars.

Attorneys for the guests said a woman who called Rialto, California, authorities said she made the call because the departing guests didn’t wave to her or smile at her.

The three black guests — Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Donisha Prendergast and Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan — were also traveling with a fourth guest, who is a white woman. But according to the their attorneys, the neighbor only told police about three suspicious black people. Police previously said the caller was an elderly white woman.

“And that should have been automatic evidence to them that this issue, this call was racially motivated by this woman,” [attorney Jasmine] Rand said.

The group checked out of their Airbnb on April 30, and were dragging their luggage to their car when police showed up and told them to put their hands in the air. They tried to explain to officers that they were renting an Airbnb, but officers didn’t believe them, and detained them for between 20 and 45 minutes, Rand said.

Fyffe-Marshall said she’d seen the neighbor watching them, but didn’t see her wave or smile. She and Pendergrast joked the neighbor was going to call the police on them, she said.

Like… how do you do that? How do you think that’s okay? The local PD of course claimed that their police “acted appropriately”. Fuck that noise. 7 cop cars for 4 people (yes, 4… notice how their white friend is kept out of the narrative by the police and the racist woman who called the cops on them… and we know why that is), is not “acting appropriately”. It’s disproportionate and absurd!

And oh god I could go on… the white woman who called the cops on two Native American teens on a college tour, or the golf course that called the cops on a group of black women for “playing too slow” (what does that even mean?!?), or the LA Fitness that racially profiled a member and his friend, two black men…

It’s ridiculous

But… I want to end this with a twist. I mean… it’s a similar twist to the BBQ story above, but this one twists so much in an awesome direction you’ll be left wondering where these cops even came from…

Let’s finish today’s post in Memphis, Tennessee. Our protagonist is a black man named Michael Hayes. He’s a real estate investor and inspector, and was out that day in a little suburb quite literally doing his job. He had the keys to the house, given to him by the owner (the one who lived in the house and wanted to sell it), documents from the Real Estate Agency selling the house showing that Michael had cause to be there, and all of that wonderful stuff.

Now let’s meet our antagonist, a white woman named… uh… she’s unidentified… so let’s just call her… Karen. She’s a neighbor of the for-sale house. So Karen comes out of her house and confronts our hero. He’s a happy person, personable, friendly… so he’s happy to engage, show the proof that he’s supposed to be there, and all that. But our villain… our Karen… you know what she’s thinking, right?

Today I’m gonna be the white savior this suburb deserves!

So what did she do? If you said “she called the police“, you would obviously be right. And no, you don’t win a damn thing, because duh… of course she called the police. If you didn’t get that, then I don’t know what to say… it’s literally the only answer. There’s no other option.

In a video posted to YouTube earlier this month, Michael Hayes, a real estate investor in Memphis, Tenn., went to a house that was in desperate need of a fixing up to inspect it. It was at that point, he said, that a woman came out of a neighboring house demanding to know what he was doing. Ever affable, Hayes said that he readily showed the woman his investment contract, which showed that he had permission to work on the house, as well as the written permission he received from the homeowner.

Still, Karen the unidentified woman wouldn’t be swayed and called the police anyway.

The police did indeed show up, but here’s a little trickier question… how did the police handle it?

If you said “they arrested him” or “they shot him dead”, you would… surprisingly… be wrong.

Thankfully, in this case, the police were quick to call the woman out on her bullshit and defended Hayes’ right to be there.

“You keep the camera rolling. If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here,” a white male officer reassures Hayes. “She will go to jail for that.”

The woman says something that sounds like, “I’m friends with the sheriff,” but the same officer shuts her down.

“I don’t care if you’re friends with the president,” he snaps. “You’re going to let him do what he’s going to do. If you try to do anything to stop him, I’m going to take you to jail.”

“Hurry up, do it and get out!” the woman sneers in Hayes’ direction.

Again, the cops were not having it.

“No, no. He can take his time,” a female officer chimes in.

“He can take all day,” the male officer agrees.

At Hayes’ request, and after he voiced his own discomfort, the officers agree to stick around while he takes pictures of the property to ensure his safety.

Toward the end of the video, Hayes thanks the officers for sticking up for him in light of Karen’s madness.

Okay seriously… did these cops stumble in here from an alternate universe, and just don’t know how things work?

Honestly? I hope so, and I hope they aren’t forced to find out. I would be far more trusting of the police if they were all like that. The thing is though… what is it some people say? There’s no such thing as a good cop. These two… either they have skeletons they’re trying to make up for, they knew about this ahead of time and had no choice but to take his side, they saw that he was filming and decided to be good, or… best case… they are truly as good as the video makes them seem… which means they aren’t long for the force. The sad reality is that genuinely good cops don’t stay cops for long. They get drummed out one way or the other… because they cross that Thin Blue Line and actually try to do good… and the US Police Force can’t be having any of that…

Or… or maybe this man just found one of the rare PDs that is, truly, good. And that… that would be something, y’all.

And regardless, still, it’s a damn good ending to a story that, really, was more likely going to end the other way.

Listen white people… we really have to do better. This is just… it’s embarrassing! But… as long as we keep it up, I’m going to keep doing these posts (please keep me updated with news stories of white people calling the cops on black people for the crime of existing while black, or otherwise being racist).

And I’m going to end each one from here on out with a question that just… perplexes me…

Why is whiteness? Just… just why?


  1. says

    Sarah Braasch is also an Islamophobic atheist who has had her writing featured on Daylight Atheism. Expect her to be raking in thousands per month via Patreon soon as she joins the “Intellectual Dark Web”.

  2. sonofrojblake says

    Before I start, please understand I agree with and support most of what you’re talking about her. But…

    Re: Starbucks incident. While there was most likely a racial element to it but two facts are not in dispute:
    1. they made no purchase, and had no intention of doing
    2. they were asked to leave and refused.
    Regardless of your race, if you do that and you don’t personally own the shop -- you’re trespassing. I’ve not seen any allegations that Starbucks treats customers of different races differently (and if there’d been any you KNOW we’d both have heard about it). But these guys were NOT customers. I assume you’ve never worked in a shop and had to deal with a person who isn’t there to shop but won’t leave. It’s an incredibly stressful situation, and as an example of “white people being racist” it’s a sub-optimal example.

    Re: Braasch -- right with you on that.

    On the next one, though…

    Now, here’s my conundrum. On the one hand, I do believe that doxxing is wrong. It has been used in the past to silence feminists, terrify people, ruin people’s lives, and so on. It is a horrible weapon.

    On the other hand, though

    See that, right there, is why people hate SJWs. (And Americans). It’s the hypocrisy. Violence is wrong (unless you’re punching a Nazi). Doxxing is wrong (unless you’re doxxing a racist). Using, having or even trying to develop nuclear weapons is wrong (unless you’re the good ‘ol US of A.) (Yes, hyperbole).

    No. Just no. You are actively advocating vigilante justice, which, let’s spell it out, is an oxymoron. If Batman existed in the real world he’d be the villain. And I see a glimmer of comprehension…

    The problem comes in when [a vigilante] gets it wrong. They identify the wrong person, and that person, who is innocent, gets screwed over. So… that whole thing is a double-edged sword and yeah… I really don’t know how I feel about it.

    You don’t know how you feel about innocent, uninvolved people being targeted, threatened, even physically attacked by self-righteous thugs for something done by someone else?

    Let me give you a clue how to feel about that: outraged. Appalled. Angry. Depressed. Oh yes, and grateful that this time, the innocent victim isn’t you, because it might be next time, and on the evidence here some would say you deserved it.

    Let’s not be the ones calling law enforcement agencies

    Ah, no. White guilt takes me so far, but it doesn’t take me as far as not reporting crimes I’m a witness to. That said, I have the luxury of living in the civilised world where if I call the cops on a black person they’ve more chance of getting struck by lightning than shot. I do appreciate the situation is different in the USA.

    I repeat -- the vast majority of what you’ve posted about here I’m absolutely in agreement with. Most of these incidents are indeed shitty racists doing shitty racist stuff, indefensibly.

    Finally, though, and only because you asked:

    “playing too slow” (what does that even mean?!?) [in the context of golf]

    Anyone who plays golf would immediately understand. When you play, you book a “tee time”. That’s the time the club expects you to be on the first tee, ready to play. Most commonly, if possible, golf course expect players to move round the course in groups of four. Smaller groups or lone players move faster, larger groups move slower. Four is generally seen as the optimum for sociability and efficiency. You each tee off, move down the fairway as a group and play on until you’ve all putted, then move on to the next tee. It is regarded as EXTREMELY rude and dangerous to hit a ball onto a fairway or green where the group in front of you is still playing, so you can’t even get started until the group in front of you is out of range. Tee times are therefore staggered at intervals to give groups time to play.

    If you’re in a pair, or a more skilled group, you’ll likely catch up with the group in front, and be standing around waiting for them to finish before you can continue your game. Courteous slower groups will notice this, and wait at the next tee and offer to let your group “play through”, i.e. overtake. This is just polite, and minimises friction. It is incredibly frustrating for a group to be repeatedly held up by a slow playing group in front of them. Standing 100 yards away watching four people taking three or four putts each to hole out is painful. Usually you meet those people on the next tee where they joke with you about how poor their play is, apologise, and let you play through. All is fine.

    Occasionally, however, the slow group is composed of entitled arseholes who EITHER have absolutely sense of anything going on around them OR are perfectly well aware they’re holding people up and simply don’t care. You watch sixteen putts and eventually they shuffle leisurely off the green, and by the time you’ve putted and get to the next tee, perhaps two of them have already made their drive onto the next fairway. You then get the joy of watching one of them hold his driver next to the ball, motionless, for a full thirty seconds before making a terrible, terrible shot. This is INCREDIBLY rude.

    What’s even worse is if it happens near the clubhouse and one or more of the group actually LEAVES THE COURSE to get a drink or use the facilities, then expects to come back still in front of you. Slow play is right up there with driving a ball into a group in front without warning as one of the most discourteous things you can do on a golf course.

    A few things about that incident: one of the women ADMITTED they were playing slow, AND they were a group of five, not four (most courses I’ve played on wouldn’t have accepted a booking for a five, regardless of gender or race). On the other hand, one of the guys in the group behind her stated clearly that they did NOT hold up his group in any way -- it was the course owner NOT the group behind who called the cops (twice!). So yeah, racism, but you asked what playing slow meant.

    The Memphis one I saw thanks to Mano Singham here on FTB -- it’s a joy.

  3. EigenSprocketUK says

    Calling the cops for playing slow???? Just what criminal or public order offence did the course co-owner think the police could help with? Apparently, to “ensure an amicable resolution”, because he couldn’t do that on his own without calling bully boys to help him. No crime had been committed, there’s no public order issue apart from the co-owner starting an argument which didn’t need starting, who received some sass back for his trouble in trying to start an argument based solely on his personal dislike of five slow-ish players (who happened to be black and female). He even tells the cops that it’s causing no trouble and sends them away only to call them back again, presumably because they didn’t get any less black or less female. (Because they did get less slow by skipping a hole even though they didn’t need to.) Yes, Mr Golf Course Co-Owner, you’ve just proved you’re racist. I Don’t care how many random CAPS your supporters INTERMITTENTLY deploy in defence of elevating golf norms into club rules: you’re a racist shitbag. And I’m pretty sure that there’s a club rule against having bags of shit on the fairway, Mr Co-Owner: so why not just call the cops on yourself?

  4. sonofrojblake says

    I Don’t care how many random CAPS your supporters INTERMITTENTLY deploy

    1. The caps are not random, they’re for emphasis. (What’s with the capital D on “don’t”?)
    2. I don’t support the golf club owner. I explicitly said “yes, this is racism”. Not sure how much clearer I could have been on that point.

  5. says


    I think you misunderstood where I was going with my “I don’t know how I feel about that” in terms of the whole “doxxing” thing. To be entirely fair, that’s 100% my fault for not being clear.

    “I don’t know how I feel” about my own willingness to be okay with the whole Black Twitter CSI thing. I do want racists exposed. I have said, and will say again, that I want racists straight up terrified to leave their homes. Not because of the government, mind you, but because of society. But it’s not okay when the wrong person is identified. That person will be harassed and abused, and have their lives nearly ruined, and no, that is not okay. I know it’s not worth it.

    But I can’t condemn “Black Twitter CSI”, either, because I understand where they’re coming from. It’s a similar place as #MeToo… the justice system has been, and continues to be, an utter failure. In the case of racism, it’s the fact that a) our police force is entirely racist (yes, there are exceptions, but they are not common), and b) our justice system is entirely racist. Black people have to rely on themselves for justice. They cannot rely on the official system. Which raises, I think, a very important question:

    When the official justice system completely and utterly fails to protect, what’s left but vigilantism?

    Vigilantism doesn’t happen in a world where the justice system is near perfect. It doesn’t happen in a world where the people can rely on and trust in their justice system. Vigilantism happens when the justice system fails to work; when it fails to be trustworthy. Of course a cis-het white man as a vigilante would be the bad guy in reality… the justice system works perfectly well for us for the most part. We can trust it. I can call the cops or have the cops called on me and the worst I have to worry about is being arrested (again… yes I know that, in terms of raw numbers, cops kill more white people… but that’s only because there are more white people in the US than black people; in terms of per capita statistics, black people are far more likely to be killed by the cops).

    But if, say, a black queer trans woman were to become a vigilante, it would be because she has no other choice… there is no justice system that would represent her; that she could trust. She would have no choice but to take justice into her own hands.

    I should also say that I don’t feel comfortable judging/condemning the whole “Black Twitter CSI” thing because… well… I’m white, and this is an issue centered around black people exposing racism.

    And finally… for the record, I am not anti-violence. So I am not a hypocrite by being fine with punching Richard Spencer in the face. I renounced my pacifism last year. I’m not that happy about it, but I am in no way a pacifist or otherwise anti-violence.

  6. sonofrojblake says

    You’ve an interesting disconnect here: your demand is for the justice system to be “nearly perfect”, but the only other situation you picture is complete and utter failure to protect.

    So, in summary, until the justice system is nearly perfect, fuck it, and minorities but not white people get to decide, individually, when it’s OK for them to physically attack people they or someone else had a hunch might be racists.

    Glad I don’t live in that world. As a white man, I’d definitely need a handgun.

    But of course the US justice system, shitty as it definitely is (and it baffles me why anyone of any race would want to live there if they had a choice), does not “completely and utterly fail to protect” -- and the evidence is right there in the Memphis video.

    I don’t feel comfortable judging/condemning the whole “Black Twitter CSI” thing because… well… I’m white

    So… you volunteer to be the first innocent white man murdered by a black vigilante who mistook you for someone who was racist? Good for you. I applaud your commitment to your principles, even as I thank my lucky stars there’s an ocean separating me from those people.

    for the record, I am not anti-violence. So I am not a hypocrite by being fine with punching Richard Spencer in the face.

    As long as you’re fine with Nazis being violent, and never, ever condemn them for violent acts even if/when you or someone you love are the victim, that’s a perfectly acceptable position to take. It’s one I disagree with strongly, but full marks for consistency. Personally I want to be in a position to condemn those bastards for any kind of physical nastiness.

  7. VolcanoMan says

    I just have a quick comment on something you said Nathan: “I have said, and will say again, that I want racists straight up terrified to leave their homes.”

    I think racists are ALREADY terrified to leave their homes. I think that’s a good part of why they’re racists, actually. They live in a culture that treats people differently based on the color of their skin, and they’ve been exposed to enough scare-mongering to last anyone a lifetime. It is my belief that more racism comes from fear than from hatred, at least initially. And I’m more talking about the less overt, “I have a black friend” racism than the more callous “I actually thing blacks deserve to be treated worse” type of racism, but I think even some of the latter group gets started on fear. Fear of difference. Fear of that which they don’t understand. To beat racism, I don’t think more fear is the answer, even if it comes from a place of justified outrage, because fear always divides people, and for this problem to be reduced in intensity, people need MORE exposure to that which is foreign, to that which is initially scary. You won’t solve this by browbeating people into submission, no matter how good it feels.

  8. sonofrojblake says

    If there was an upvote button on here, I’d spend the rest of the day clicking the one next to that post.

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