According to its Twitter bio, reason is a monthly magazine and all of the time website that claims to be for “free minds and free markets.” On November 30, their social media account on tweeted a headline that did not sit well with most people that happened across it. What was that tweet?
Has the message of anti-racism become as harmful a force in American life as racism itself?https://t.co/fD2DELPqIr— reason (@reason) December 1, 2018
The wording of the headline was not well-received and when everyone went back to Twitter this morning, the ratios on that tweet hit the fan. I assume that not many people actually followed the link to the video, as the question itself was obviously built to gather clicks from knee-jerk anger or agreement. I attempted to watch the video, but found myself thoroughly annoyed when an opening act appeared before the “debate” promised in the video. In a moment I fully regret, I attempted to gather the gist of the content in the comments. That was my bad.
Regardless of the debate’s content, several Twitter users took the opportunity to scold reason for its poor headline choice and the profound disappointment that a website or magazine would cover something stating being against racism is just as bad as being racist. Many chose to post gifs relaying the message of “NO”, “do what now”, or “delete your face”, but others decided to do a little word swap to take down the question entirely.
Coming tomorrow:— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 3, 2018
Has not-murdering become as deadly as murdering?
“Are fire extinguishers doing more harm than burning orphanages?”— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) December 3, 2018
"Is being against cancer as harmful as cancer"— Zach Inglis ❤️🇹🇭 (@zachinglis) December 3, 2018
Has anti-diarrheal medicine made things just as bad as shitting your pants?— Hilary Goldstein (@hilgoldstein) December 3, 2018
Reason circa 1975:— Michael Kohler (@thekohler) December 3, 2018
"Has the movement to eradicate smallpox become deadlier than smallpox itself?"
Has the message of peace killed just as many people as war?— Max Sparber (@maxsparber) December 3, 2018
Has not getting punched in the face become as harmful as getting punched in the face? Here’s our panel of experts…— Andreas Trolf (@AndreasTrolf) December 3, 2018
Isn’t breathing as bad as suffocating?— Jean Giardina (@JeanGiardina) December 3, 2018
It seems that in a time where lies are not referred to as such by national publications, it makes sense that such a headline would set off Twitter. From the wording to the excruciating “debate” itself, I almost wonder if this reaction isn’t exactly what reason wanted in the end: A bunch of people ripping the comparison to shreds, somehow proving the entirely false point that both sides are the same because anger is involved. Of course, that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.
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