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Media critics say BuzzFeed list of things 'white people’ ruin is racist, bigoted

BuzzFeed is under fire for its article, "37 Things White People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018"(Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

White people ruined America by voting for President Donald Trump, according to BuzzFeed writer Patrice Peck.

Peck kicks off her article, "37 Things White People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018" by saying: "First of all, America." Later in the article she links to a CNN graphic that indicates 58 percent of white voters voted for Trump.

She goes on to use a series of random Twitter posts as further evidence of how white people have ruined things. For example, she suggests white people ruin the Grammy awards and the Oscars when they are given awards instead of nominees from other races. Additionally, white people have ruined  marijuana joints, the Hit Dem Folks Dance, the theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and “sneaker culture,” Peck says.

"One more time for ya'll in the cheap seats: THE.HIT.DEM.FOLKS.DANCE." she wrote, linking to the following Twitter post:

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According to Peck, white people also also to blame for destroying everything from makeup to macaroni and cheese and people's childhoods.  As evidence of  "white people" ruining childhoods, she links to a Twitter post of an elderly woman questioning a black youth selling candy in front of a store.

What are people saying?

The article is not funny or edgy, media critics said. They pointed out that if a white person said similar things about any other race, it would ignite a firestorm.

Conservative commentator Britt McHenry told Fox News,"This article isn’t funny, it’s racist—plain and simple. If a similar piece was written about any other ethnicity, the journalist would be fired on the spot. It undoubtedly would spark public outrage, and rightfully so.”

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor agreed, saying, "The easy test of this is try imagining a bigoted piece of filth like this being written about any other group. Picture the ‘37 Things Black People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018’ headline and then wait for Twitter to shut down your account."

He added that “openly liberal media have finally outed themselves.” Left leaning media members believe racism and sexism is OK, along as white males with conservative values are the target.

Gainor also alleged that Buzz Feed is “openly bigoted” but “major media will let them get it away it.”

Outkick founder and media watchdog Clay Travis tweeted.“If this is written about any other race every advertiser bails on company & a ton of people are fired.”

Tucker Carlson of Fox News weighs in on the BuzzFeed article in the following video.

What is the impact?

Any time racist comments are publicly aired — even as satire — they have to potential to incite threats or violence.

In October, for example, parents pulled students out of classes at Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey on Thursday, over hallway scuffles caused by racial tensions. The problem was caused by "a barrage of racist postings on social media by a member of the football team," according to WPVI-TV.

George Ciccariello-Maher, a politics and global studies professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, received death threats after writing racist social media posts. He tweeted, "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,” then later called the post satire.

In October, he tweeted that “Trumpism” and the “narrative of white victimization” caused the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 58 dead.

Ciccariello-Maher is on administrative leave and is teaching classes remotely, according to reports.

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