What about the epithets black people ‘have had to endure for centuries’?
The Auburn University student paper had an interesting take on that racist group chat which referred to white people as “yeast maggots,” “mutated vermin,” “snow roaches” and a “decomposing form of humanity.”
In an editorial titled “On ‘anti-white’ slurs and Black History Month” (and chock full of terms in quotation marks), the Auburn Plainsman’s editors say so what if a bunch of black students compiled and shared a list of derogatory and racist terms for white people?
“It seems that, for the most part, everyone is in agreement that a Google document of ‘anti-white racial slurs’ is in no way, shape or form the same as the historic systematic and structural racism that has produced the type of racial slurs Black people have had to endure for centuries,” the editors write.
The multi-university group chat shared by a whistleblower (or “whistleblower,” according to the Plainsman) with Turning Point USA included anti-white epithets such as “shaved monkeys,” “cracker monster,” “colonizing vultures” and “delusional lice.”
To help bolster its point, the editors include various tweets which share its (lack of) concern. One tweet asks “Dear people mad about this, are you genuinely hurt by being called a name or are you upset because it’s not socially acceptable for *you* to call people racial slurs?”
Dear people mad about this,
Are you genuinely hurt by being called a name or are you upset because it’s not socially acceptable for *you* to call people racial slurs?
— Papafucius (@papafucius) February 10, 2023
Another reads “Yeah but none of those 250 ‘slurs’ will ever hold the power historically, presently, or in the future that anti-black racism has wielded and continues to wield today.”
The editors also mock the “select population” who believe that if a group of white students created a list of anti-black slurs, they’d be expelled: “If the roles were reversed, that would mean white people had been brought to this country as slaves,” reads one supporting tweet.
“If the roles were reversed, white students would be economically and politically disadvantaged by systemic institutional biases ranging from prejudicial loan acceptance, to policing, to gerrymandering, while black people would be overwhelmingly overrepresented in power,” reads another.
The Plainsman editors conclude by stating “Instead of spoon-feeding our readers all of the ways that this incident is not at all comparable to if the opposite were true, [we] encourage our readers to remember the importance of Black History Month and engage in events that recognize it.”
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