The New York Times has a sympathetic write-up of a black nationalist Reddit forum’s demand that users prove their race with forearm photos.
The most heated comment threads, they announced, would give priority to nonwhite participants. Anyone who wished to participate would need to send the moderators a photograph of their forearm, proving they were not white.
Segregation is back and this time it depends on the paper bag test.
It goes without saying that the inverse version of this, a forum requiring participants to prove their white skin color in order to participate would have touched off hell, been immediately banned, condemned, and served as the subject of a national dialogue.
But black nationalists using images of skin color to privilege some people is cool with the media. Especially the New York Times.
As usual, you can tell the agenda of the coverage with the first and final paragraphs. Here’s the first one,
It was meant to be a destination on the internet where black people could let down their guard.
Here’s the final one.
And amid the ample outrage, there was also some bliss. One user, Bigg-Tech, received the black check-mark icon that signified acceptance and responded by posting a joyful dancing GIF from “Soul Train.”
Slant not subtle.