Thanks to the imaginations of some extremely woke white folks, blacks no longer have to fight their own battles on social media. If a troll is being racist, they can tap out and let their “white allies” take over.
White Nonsense Roundup is a social media watchdog group with about 100 white volunteers. Its goal: to relieve people of color from the emotional labor of engaging with a person's racist or racially insensitive thoughts.
Say, a person of color makes a post about Black Lives Matter. Then others respond with ignorant or offensive comments. That person can tag White Nonsense RoundUp to snatch some edges -- or, better put, to educate people with context and fact-based views.
Hold on: is that saying that black people aren’t educated enough to debate using facts? Careful, CNN and white allies, this could backfire.
However, it doesn’t appear to be bothering anyone yet, because White Nonsense Roundup has over 138,000 followers across its various social media accounts. What CNN describes as “roadside assistance for social media debates you’re tired of having” is the brain child of Terri Kempton and Layla Tromble, possibly two of the ladies in the photo below from the report (it doesn’t identify who’s who):
It was the police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016 that made Kempton see a need for white people to “take on some of [the] emotional labor or burden” black people experience. So, she and Tromble started the volunteer group.
"It's really unfair that we expect people of color to experience racism, but then also explain it to us,” Kempton said. "Because white people are responsible for talking to other white people about racism."
The story featured two people who have used the service: a teacher from Oakland and a violinist from Illinois. Both praised the outfit as “inspiring” and “a breath of fresh air.”
Each volunteer takes a two-hour shift (or more if they want) to shoot down those who don’t think white privilege is real or to re-educate someone who says, “I don’t see color.” But before they do, they are trained and vetted by their responses to “four problematic statements” which must be answered in a “firm but compassionate fashion.” Each volunteer’s social media activity is scoured to ensure the groupthink lines up. Then it’s off to the racist races. But not so fast!
"We're very aware of the tendency of white activists to center ourselves, so we're careful not to pretend we're white saviors," Kempton assures. “At the very least, we want to be white people on the record, standing up against racism."