Video: Woman confronts man using racist slur 'because I can'


Viral Tiktok shows woman shutting down man who uses racist slur ‘because I can’

'What names have white people been called as they’ve been hauled up trees and lynched?'


Bryan Rolli


Posted on Feb 23, 2021

A viral TikTok shows a woman confronting a man for using racist slurs, peppering him with questions until he admits he only used the racist language “because I can.” 

The video, uploaded to Instagram and TikTok yesterday by Shannon Thurston (@mind_body_voice), has earned more than 176,000 views on the latter platform. It has also earned more than 2,200 upvotes on Reddit’s r/PublicFreakout page. 

The video begins after the unidentified man has already used offensive language. Thurston, with her camera pointed at her face, offers the man advice: “Hey man, I heard your conversation, and you may want to have an outwardly racist conversation in a more private place.”

When the man responds confusedly, Thurston offers clarity: “I heard you say the N-word multiple times, and that’s just not cool, dude.”

The man appears surprised that Thurston doesn’t like the word, which he doesn’t consider a slur. “Well, you call it a slur, but my conversation, which I’m hoping to have with you, is why would it be a slur if it’s OK for them to say but not me because I’m white?” the man asks. 

“There’s a lot of people in the Black community who don’t like that word either,” Thurston responds. “But a lot of Black people died with that name being yelled at them.”


When guy white in the car next to me is just throwing the N word around like parade candy. #racisim #brostop #standup

♬ original sound – Shannon Thurston

The man is obstinate. “A lot of Black people enjoy using it as words of endearment,” he argues. 

Then Thurston hits him with a question for which he has no answer: “So I’m curious, what names have white people been called as they’ve been hauled up trees and lynched?”

In a second TikTok, Thurston repeatedly asks the man why he needs to use the N-word. He dodges the question, instead calling Thurston “ignorant” multiple times and growing increasingly flustered. Finally, he admits the flimsy reason for using his racist language: “Because I can.” 

“There it is, people,” Thurston says, looking at the camera. 


PART 2: Guy white throwing the N word around like Pom poms. #racism #standup #answerthequestion

♬ original sound – Shannon Thurston

Viewers on TikTok eviscerated the man in the comments of Thurston’s video. 

“Them using that word bc ‘black ppl use it’ is just a small demonstration of their obsession with wanting to be black and to feel included,’” @luhlatto wrote. 

“Y’all really PRESSED bc you can’t say one word,” @babygirlblack 22 wrote. “Like one word in the whole English language. It really just shows how weak you are.” 

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*First Published: Feb 23, 2021, 1:04 pm CST