Slate chief political correspondent and CBS News analyst Jamelle Bouie has noticed something recently about white people while he’s out walking his dog — white people will greet the dog and pretend like Bouie isn’t even there.
America … we’re better than this.
— cush (@jkjknnnn) October 23, 2018
yes. i walk my dog multiple times a day and i routinely pass white people who greet my dog and pretend like i’m not there https://t.co/u4WenGiNUj
— jamelle g-g-ghoulie ? (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 23, 2018
— John Clark (@Mr_John_Clark) October 23, 2018
Dogs come with people? ???
— Gonzai (@Gonzai55) October 23, 2018
To be fair, that happens to me (white lady) too
— Swearin' Spartacus (@Spartacussin) October 23, 2018
I'm not 100% sure it's a race thing because people ignore my wife and I in favor of our dog too, and we are very white.
— Randbrick (@HitherToFore) October 23, 2018
I would never second guess ur experience but I know six dogs – name, breeds, ages – in my building & I couldn't pick any of their owners out of a lineup… #dogpeople
— bad indian girl (@bad_indian_girl) October 23, 2018
As a white person, it's because we're really uncomfortable with unscripted human contact and we're trained to talk to dogs. I don't even like dogs and I have to keep myself from saying "hello, dog" when someone walks by with a dog.
— TC Harris (@q_aurelius) October 23, 2018
when i walk my dog in my neighborhood and at work, more people greet her than me. Ask her name, breed, age (and don’t know me). In their defense she is cute. pic.twitter.com/50vAhBO6mc
— Joe Vaughn (@joe_vegan_dude) October 23, 2018
I only greet an owner to ask for permission to pet their dog. You could be the zombified corpse of Andre the Giant, and if you are walking your dog, I’m all about your dog….fwiw.
— ?DefaultPosition (@Josh_Coblentz) October 23, 2018
Maybe cause I’m white, maybe cause animals are better than people.
— ?DefaultPosition (@Josh_Coblentz) October 23, 2018
To be fair, all humans are invisible to me when I'm petting dogs
"Can I pet your dog?"
"Bye forever, human. Hey there, pup!"
— fish go blub [blue check mark] (@AriFreuman) October 23, 2018
My husband only talks to the dog not the owner when they are walking. Maybe it’s a New England thing, but honestly it has nothing to do with the owner’s gender or race in his case.
— Mary Ann Carman (@MaryAnnCarman) October 23, 2018
Happens to me all the time. People prefer dogs to people.
— Matt Barbour (@matt_barbour) October 23, 2018
I know this might sound weird, but this happens to literally everyone who has a dog. White, black, or otherwise. Most people like dogs more than humans.
— Phil (@earlp1231) October 23, 2018
If that’s the worst thing that happened to you today I’d say you had a pretty good day.
— Carol? (@Aeromom322Carol) October 23, 2018
White people ignore me when they talk to my dog as well. As do black people. And Asians. And pretty much every other skintone. So rude. https://t.co/on8QYrd4ae
— SarahLee (@sarailola) October 23, 2018
FWIW, I do this a lot w/dogs that approach me. "Hey bud!" with no pet or hi to owner. Just being polite to a good boy w/o getting the walk off track. Also, happens to me ALL THE TIME. 99% women who don't want me to think they are flirting just cuz Buster is adorbs. https://t.co/Sbk7klpIIn
— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) October 23, 2018
Guess what? People like dogs more than people. It’s a people thing, not a race thing. Shift your view a bit, and you’ll see not everyone hates you, but in fact, they really like your dog. https://t.co/gcpiEMtCkx
— That's Not Funny (@BeBa3254) October 23, 2018
I tell my kids to ask the owner’s (or walker’s) permission to interact with their dog. It’s instinctive and probably without I’ll intent but yes ignoring the human while embracing the dog is a real problem in general
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) October 23, 2018
Maybe the tone and tenor of your tweet is indicative of a greater problem. When people greeting your dog becomes a factual basis for alleged racism, you’re going to have a hard life. The same happens to me and it’s because my dogs are much cuter than I am. Just sayin…
— Brad Wyatt (@BradWyatt88) October 23, 2018
So, your dog is more interesting, friendly, and approachable than you are. Anyone who has ever read the crap you write could have told you this.
— Suffering No Fools (@cylinderspin) October 23, 2018
Well, I'd talk to someone's dog every day and at most smile at owner. Less judgmental, more honest than humans. I don't care what color owner's skin is, it makes no difference.
— DeeInTheHeartOfTexas (@dsctxn) October 23, 2018
See this guy? Everyone wants to know him. No one gives a rat's arse about me unless I strike up the conversation. I'm ok with this. pic.twitter.com/qt0Uzyd5lB
— Ava Fremont (@AvaFremont) October 23, 2018
Sorry that your dog is the most interesting thing about you. https://t.co/uR0FBhEzMZ
— RatioHunter (@TheRatioHunter) October 23, 2018
Read his timeline and you'll understand why he's routinely ignored. I have no doubt his dog has more personality https://t.co/3tG8BWdZPE
— ☠1/1024 Problematic AF™ ☠ (@EF517_V3) October 23, 2018
I do this to every good pup I see.
It’s a fun way of telling a very good pup that he’s being a very good pup without taking up the time of the pup’s owner. https://t.co/I7yj1URJ9x
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) October 23, 2018
This happens to me almost daily. Definitely racism. https://t.co/86i0Z6TaE5
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 23, 2018
In a shocking twist we find out people like dogs better than their owners. https://t.co/gSRHRsLiTo
— The Dank Knight ?? (@capeandcowell) October 23, 2018
Imagine being a dog owner and not knowing what every other dog owner has known for hundreds of years.
Nobody cares about you, they just want to pet your dog. https://t.co/svNRfJ8PMy
— Ordy's Amish Pumpkin Spice Butter (@OrdyPackard) October 23, 2018
Happens to me daily as well. HAS to be racism.
— Sgt. Weigart’s Luck (@ODhonnabhain) October 23, 2018
Fuck, you are delicate.
— Buttload the Usurper (@MetricButtload) October 23, 2018
I am sorry that your experience of racism is so bad that you now live with a paranoia that normal human interactions are motivated by racism. I mean that.
Obviously your experience makes you believe this is racism, otherwise you wouldn’t have posted it, and that’s not good.
— Boofieleaks (@notwokieleaks) October 23, 2018
I hope you can survive this. I’ll pray for you. https://t.co/EDk7mbwpKb
— EXPERT SCOUT MINK (@FinzZombie) October 23, 2018
The New York Times has actually found a way to make Hurricane Florence about racism https://t.co/zPObFhVnSk
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 14, 2018