Wow, there sure are a lot of journalists and academics out in force today trying to demonize anyone offended by those tweets by The New York Times’ new hire; you know, the ones that say “f**k white women” and “#Cancel white people” and “Dumbass f**cking white people.”
It’s funny too, how it seems to be mostly white men like Chris Hayes who are “whitesplaining” how those tweets aren’t actually racist.
Bloomberg’s David S. Joachim decided to throw his hat into the ring and give his fellow white people a quick primer on what’s racist and what’s not, and which words are slurs and which aren’t — it’ll be handy to print out and keep on your desk for the next time you suspect something’s racist.
Dear white people:
1. Racism is abt the powerful keeping down the powerless
2. We (generally) are the powerful
3. "White ppl" isn't a slur
4. "Fag" and the N word are slurs, because they subordinate
5. Your moral equivalence is nonsense
6. "Reverse racism" isn't a thing
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) August 2, 2018
Can you imagine how much it would have cost for a full college semester to learn exactly that? What a savings!
Ah, prejudice + power. You work at bloomberg, ex NYT, ex GWU. There's power. You feel entitled to lecture 'all white people'. Agree, reverse racism isn't a thing. You're racist. No qualifier. You. Are. A. Racist.
— Ryan (@brightrockmedia) August 2, 2018
I'm a racist against whom, exactly?
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) August 2, 2018
Geez, white, well-off, college-educated male in a position of power sure gets excited when someone calls him a racist. Just own it, man.
God, what bullshit.
— Plastic Straw Rebel (@corrcomm) August 2, 2018
"fellow white people", amirite?
— Dr. Anomie ن (@PlenumTriune) August 2, 2018
How about everybody stops starting sentences with "dear white people" like we're some sort of uniform blob with identical experiences. Life is complicated. Don't be an ass.
— Polkabecky (@polkabecky) August 2, 2018
#1 is wrong, therefore your entire premise is faulty.
— Mike #NeverSettle Letalien (@Coach_Crash) August 2, 2018
1. The mental contortionism you employ here to excuse and enable racism are duly noted.
2. Refer to #1
— P Henry Martin (@PHenryMartin1) August 2, 2018
Reverse racism isn't a thing, but racism still is. It's entirely possible for a non-white person to be in a position of power or authority, as well. Your first point seems to imply that only white people can have power, which is objectively false.
— Michael Demür (@michaeldemoore) August 2, 2018
Even if I believed your bullshit definition of racism, you're still here making excuses about race-based bigotry and prejudice.
This makes you the bad guy, David. There is no defense of this.
— 3D Printed Ma Deuce ❌ (@DD214_IG) August 2, 2018
This is probably the most hubris I have ever seen in one tweet.
— Ignoble Savage (@drayzze) August 2, 2018
Expects he’ll be eaten last —>
— Mulder's Shroom Ride (@proteinwisdom) August 2, 2018
Dear doofus, racism is making judgments about someone based only on their race. It's wrong. You will not be spared from the mob.
— Lady H (@Hecate40) August 2, 2018
No actually, racism is, prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
— Easy Wind (@easywind111) August 2, 2018
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2: a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism.
Check your premise: nothing about power.
— John Vota (@513Vota) August 2, 2018
Nah, I'll keep fighting so no one gets judged by the color of their skin buy content of their character. You can choose to be bigoted if you want
— Brandon Saario (@SaarioBrandon) August 2, 2018
Dear virtue signaling white people:
1. That's literally not the definition of racism.
2. People of every race are powerful
3. "White ppl" can be a slurr
4. "Fag" and the N word are slurs
5. Your defending racism is what we expect of you
6. "Reverse racism" is a thing
— Lone Ranger Danger Zone (@mecantyping) August 2, 2018
Dude. Learn to distinguish between fantasy and reality. These words have meanings, and none of us are interested in the new definitions you’re attempting to replace them with. We don’t want the product you are peddling. Bye.
— Aubrey Bear (@NotReallyABear2) August 2, 2018
It’s cute that you’re giving us your new definition of what racism is.
Racism is “discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race”
No race is excluded from being an *sshole.
— AJ ?? (@AJ_FranklinGirl) August 2, 2018
Changing the definition of racism to own the cons
— Cheese For Everyone! (@CheeseForEvery1) August 2, 2018
Thanks, white guy. Stay woke.
— Donna (@Donna__Bee) August 2, 2018
Journalists covering themselves in glory today. https://t.co/aRI9yB8x8e
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 2, 2018
— caleb hart (@caleb_hart) August 2, 2018
YEESH! What does Chris Hayes' take on Sarah Jeong say about HIM? (Hint: It's NOT good) https://t.co/VVOKbyJIg4
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 2, 2018