What's the one group of people you should not upset?
By Grace Wolf
Social Media Activists
This guy did blackface, put on an afro wig, knelt and hung a sign around his neck that states, “Will stand for money” mocking NFL players that are kneeling during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
Not only did he think it was okay to do this, he also had the guts to actually post this!
Well, one Twitter user saw this image and shared it with the caption “Do your thing, Twitter” and Twitter did do its’ thing. The image went viral and he soon received a huge flood of backlash on Instagram and Twitter.
People even reached out to his university - this is what the director of the university had to say about it: "Some dialogue has been started, but beyond that, I don't have any information to the extent of what has been said."
He later claimed he was “ignorant” and didn’t know it would be racist. Well, nevertheless this “incident” will pop up the on the first page when future employees or a possible girlfriend googles his name.
Some of you may have already seen the image of this very emotional, screaming, angry guy. This photograph was taken at the Charlottesville rally earlier this summer where people, such as neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists just to name a few, were protesting against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a symbol of racism, and most of these people, just like this guy in the picture, just had to take it too far.
Well, this image went viral and Twitter soon found the guy in the pictures. It became theimage of the Charlottesville rally and he was called the “Hazel Massery” of 2017. He was exposed and identified by Twitter user @YesYoureRacist and from there it just blew up - the original post has 60k retweets and 80k likes.
He later stated that even though he was marching with white supremacist groups and chanting white supremacists slogans that he “wasn’t the angry racist we see in that photo” and that his message was that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture. Sure thing, buddy.
A petition that demanded that he be expelled from his university has currently amassed more than 36,000 signatures! The university has already stated that they can’t and won’t expel him due to his freedom of speech, but he has quit his job at his university, stating “The thing about it, it's very much a social interaction and requires a lot of trust both ways. I quit because I want to have some form of peace at the university."
Lesson of the day: don’t anger social media activists.
They will find you.
And they will kill your career and reputation.