In wake of Ferguson, there are several issues continuing to surface like hateful and racist comments appearing on sites such as Reddit. For those of you unfamiliar with the site, Reddit is a social networking service as well as a news site where registered members (subreddit groups) can share content.
A subreddit group called r/BlackLadies is currently experience an influx of racist comments. What once was a safe space where Black women could discuss everything from workplace discrimination to what Beyoncé wore on the red carpet, has now become filled with individuals spewing hate and racial prejudice.
Anonymous Reddit users operating on burner accounts have bombarded r/BlackLadies with a slew of racist posts. Though the operator of r/BlackLadies has reached out to Reddit management, to her dissatisfaction she was told those individuals were not technically breaking any of Reddit’s core rules. Those rules include:
- Don’t spam.
- Don’t ask for votes or engage in vote manipulation.
- Don’t post personal information.
- No child pornography or sexually suggestive content featuring minors.
- Don’t break the site or do anything that interferes with normal use of the site.
“The resulting situation is extremely damaging to our community members who have the misfortune of seeing this intentionally upsetting content, to other people who are interested in what black women have to say, as well as moderators, who are the only ones capable of removing content, and are thus required to view and evaluate every single post and comment. Moderators volunteer to protect the community, and the constant vigilance required to do so takes an unnecessary toll.”
Several moderators of other subreddit groups, who also experienced some sort of digital discrimination and/or harassment, has decided to join forces with r/BlackLadies and cosign the letter.
Some comments r/BlackLadies were forced to remove are: