On April 20, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The move was brilliant. Black woman replaces white man. Slave rescuer replaces slave owner. Naturally conservatives freaked out.
There was the expected outrage that a president and “war hero” was being replaced by Tubman. At least one Fox News commentator added that the move was being made in order to “pander” to Democratic constituencies. But some of the most vile reactions to the change came, of course, on that most “Libertarian” of social media platforms — Twitter.
Twitter supposedly quietly banned “hate speech” during 2015. But it’s not clear what Twitter considers hate speech to be because they don’t seem to have a problem with a user named “BrewCitriot.” Here is how this anonymous racist describes himself:
BrewCitriot’s Twitter page is nothing but 24/7 hate. He hates people of color. He hates gay and transgender people. In fact, the more you read of his thoughts the more you get the opinion that he hates everybody who isn’t just like him. And he is loved by conservatives. Currently, he has almost 11,000 Twitter followers. The social media analysis site Klear lists BrewCitriot as being popular among conservatives and among “Christians.” Because no doubt Jesus would have approved of tweets such as this one:
When the Treasury Department announced the change in the $20 bill, BrewCitriot took a break from spewing hate at gay Americans, Muslims, immigrants and the Catholic church and shifted into full racist mode with a series of tweets, starting with this one:
It’s easy to sell an image like that to people who aren’t familiar with great African civilizations such as the Mali Empire. But we are talking about conservatives, and we all know that they hate to be confused with facts.
But BrewCitriot wasn’t satisfied with just that tweet. Next came this:
Then he openly attacked Harriet Tubman:
Of course with Twitter being Twitter, there was no room for him to explain why he thinks the U.S. would have been doomed without Jackson.
He still wasn’t done. After the death of Prince was announced, BrewCitriot had this to say:
Keep slaves illiterate and blame them because they can’t read. Brilliant.
To be honest, I’m still not 100 percent sure that BrewCitriot isn’t the Donald Trump of trolls: getting attention by saying the most vile, outlandish things he can think of. But apparently that’s not what a lot of his followers think, and the thought that there are so many people who agree with what he has to say is the thing we should really be concerned about.
Featured image via The Independent