White supremacists share Spider-Man still to expose ‘the truth’ about racial crime

Even for the Internet, this is pretty dumb.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Aug 28, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 4:50 pm CDT

While parts of Reddit have been overrun with white supremacists in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., other redditors have taken to debunking their nonsense.

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In a particularly egregious example, racists have allegedly been sharing an image that purports to show a black man punching a white woman—fulfilling any number of odious stereotypes. It is shocking.

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But, as redditor rrtaylor points out, this isn’t a photo snapped by some witness to an impromptu public beating. It’s a screencap from a laughably stupid Spider-Man sketch on YouTube. “You can actually see Spidey’s web holding back the guy’s fist,” he wrote.

Not content to admit their idiocy and move on, at least one “race realist” pushed back.  

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I don’t see what they’re so angry about. Don’t they want Spider-Man around to save their Caucasian ladies from brutish people of color? Oh wait, Spider-Man is an African-American/Hispanic teenager now. Never mind. 

Photo by Sam Howzit/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 28, 2014, 2:17 pm CDT