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Is Anti-Racism As Bad As Racism? Twitter Answers A Website's Question In The Negative

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | December 3, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | December 3, 2018 |


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?

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.

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.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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