Comedian Celebrates MLK Day by Tweeting 'I Love You' at Racists

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Solomon Georgio, an L.A.-based comedian, decided to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a little nonviolent resistance. He combed Twitter for racist tweets, but instead of shaming or raging at their authors, he simply wrote something patient and kind and then added, "I love you." The primary revelation: Racists DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO when a black person is nice to them.

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The responses ranged from bewildered ("I love you to") to the incredulous ("What the fuck") to the idiotic ("to me, that word has no skin color attached to it") to the sort-of-repentant ("loool im sorry man just a joke. I love you too"). For his part, Solomon remained humble:

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It's not that these pieces of shit deserve civility, or that I think being nice to racists is "better" than being hostile to them, or that I plan to conduct myself in a more Solomon-like fashion in the future (I doubt that Solomon has any such plans either). But it's really refreshing to see how effective the high road can be once in a while.

If you want more Solomon Georgio (who, full disclosure, used to be my roommate, but I think his greatness is pretty objective), here's a wonderful essay he wrote and here's a video of him disemboweling Disney's Pocahontas. (The movie, not the person. The person has suffered enough.)

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BostonAfroRican
BostonAfroRican

"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."

Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

I'm going to keep posting this quote if I have to. For everybody that comments "this is better than being angry, and you would get so much further being nice", MLK hated you, sorry.