GROUPS: Twitter users, free speech advocates, racists, homophobes
Two sites have begun to post public and distasteful twitter feeds from students at US universities. One is OSU Haters for Ohio State University and the other is UNL Haters for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The twittered thoughts are quite informative and include mostly anti-East and South Asian comments with occasional anti-African and homophobic comments.
While surely there are East Asians who have very negative feelings towards South Asians and vice versa, at least they are presently smart enough to keep their twitter feeds private or their thoughts to themselves and/or their confidants.
Some other twittered hate incidents:
Swiss footballer Michel Morganella tweeted: “I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!” This was in response to losing an Olympic game. Not to be outdone, Persons of European Ancestry (PEAs) living in the USA started anti-Japanese tweets about Pearl Harbour after the USA WON a football game over Japan on the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Imagine if they had lost the game. English football players of African ancestry have been abused when they did not score goals. Ghanian footballer Emmanuel Frimpong has tweeted the term “Scum Yid” in response to a nasty twitter taunt. Canadian Joel Ward scored the winning goal in an ice hockey match against Boston and an avalanche of “nigger” tweets followed. Barry Petchesky of Deadspin hits the nail on the head when he says:
And it’s not some bullshit about how the anonymity of Twitter encourages people to say things they’d never say in real life—someone who’s go-to insult is “nigger” is the type of person who does say this stuff in real life. Now, because of Twitter, we all get to hear it.
Nigerian John Obi Mikel made a mistake on the football field leading to an equalizer, racist twitter abuse followed and he closed his twitter account. And to top it off, there’s the Jeremy Lin fiasco. After tweeting negatively about Lin’s manhood or lack thereof (see below), Jason Whitlock was not fired from FOX Sports but instead offered an incoherent sidestepping apology. Given FOX’s anti-Asian legacy (here, here, and here), this is not surprising.
It is to this end that the OSU and UNL Haters sites are positive. They highlight the problem and hold the twits to account which is more than can be said of FOX Sports.
DYNAMICS: Set your account to private or alternatively, don’t use twitter. Keep your racism to yourself and/or your circle of friends. Think before you type, pause and reflect deeply before you press send.