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OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 9/9/14

Fighting racism " one keystroke at a time

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Reprinted from by Denise Oliver Velez

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How many times have you clicked on a news article or a blog piece, or watched a YouTube, only to find that the comments section attached to it is a slime pit of some of the most vile racist comments imaginable?

Too often, your response may be like mine has been at times--you shrug and decide, "I don't read comments." You click away, and move on to the next story, web page or video.

You don't have to deal with the racism, because it's no longer on your screen.

Back in December 2012, I wrote a post, Ending racism--one person at a time. Contrary to recent opinions I've read, as a black person in the United States, I don't think racism has gotten worse, nor do I believe we are "post-racial."

What I do believe is that the relative anonymity of the internet has allowed many people to express their racism openly, rather than behaving one way in public spaces where someone from the group they hate may be present. Now they can give full rein to thoughts that might garner them public censure or worse if this crap was said face-to-face.

The fact that elected officials, and the Teapublican Party touts its racism openly, with little or no pushback from its membership and only hypocritical "nopologies" when busted, has given license to "racists run wild" in cyberspace.

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