Beelthazusif anything this thread has made me sympathize with scratch and his friends more then the people who keep trying to knock them down (and to put that comment into prospective, I don't sympathize with them at all...). edgy teens they are, not racists. has scratch and ekho engaged in activities that warrant their bans? yes. they have went out of their ways to bully, stalk, and potentially dox LGBTQ members of the community, and that warrants their bans in and of itself. however, banning someone for using a word that is hateful, derogatory, and associated with racism shouldn't be in the same class of reprimands.
ban people for doing racist things and targeting people of color. that is racism. saying the n word, though socially frowned upon, isn't necessarily racist and does not warrant the same type of punishment as going into minorities streams and harassing them while they're trying to have a good time. OVER AND OVER. cember is a fine lad who hangs out with a diverse number of groups. Scratch's just happens to be one of them.
what do you think stalking bullying, and doxxing queer people and poc starts as?
it actually isn't openly saying the racial slurs. it's rational both-sides-ism people defending others' "rights" to say those slurs. it doesn't start with othering people, it starts with "neutral" people making a "distinction" between what they falsely consider to and not to be racist. it starts with people not holding other people accountable and staying willfully ignorant of budding terrible prejudice and violence.
and it doesn't end with people doxxing others.