Worst Person on the Internet Award

The Worst Person on the Internet award hereby goes to @katiebrady12.  At least for the next couple hours.  After Sunday’s Ravens-Patriots game (which the Ravens won), Katie tweeted the following:

Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him about your wi— ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?

She was apparently addressing the Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had just learned his brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.

When I read this story, I made a lot of assumptions about Smith’s race and Katie’s race and socioeconomic background, which unfortunately were confirmed by later news reports.  Just once I wish somebody would surprise me.  The story also reminded me about the awful posts after the earthquake in Japan.  On one bulletin board that was established to help families make contact with loved ones, some people were making false response posts reporting deaths.

Just one of the costs of racism.  Because our brothers will never look like theirs.  Because they cannot maintain their own humanity,  they deny ours.

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