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Reddit forum celebrating black culture made a rule that only people of color can post, and white people cried 'reverse racism.'

Reddit forum celebrating black culture made a rule that only people of color can post, and white people cried 'reverse racism.'

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The New York Times has a fascinating report on drama over at a Reddit forum celebrating black culture.

Communities are full of inside jokes and insider language, and r/BlackPeopleTwitter is a hotspot for jokes, memes, and serious discussions.

Because the internet is the internet (and the world is the world), the group was invaded by trolls who mocked black culture rather than celebrated it.

"Many black users came to believe that white users were pretending to be black to give their unpopular opinions more credibility," the NYT reports. "Some of the posts casually dropped racial slurs. Others repeated anti-black stereotypes about crime, parenting and intelligence. Beyoncé was disparaged."

Wesley Moreno, a former moderater of r/BlackPeopleTwitter who is in fact black, called the phenomenon of white people pretending to be black people on the internet as "a constant form of gaslighting."

To try and weed out the racists and posers in the community, moderators started having users verify their blackness with pictures of their forearms with their usernames handwritten and a time stamp.

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