Social media vigilantes

Nora Akins

A Twitter account @YesYoureRacist started after the march in Charlottesville to solicit the identities of those who were photographed marching in the Unite the Right rally. The social media campaign used those identities to encourage employers of the protesters to terminate the protesters’ employment.

It wasn’t just Cole White who was identified and lost his job due to this social media campaign. His well-documented story presents an example for employers. The Top Dog restaurant in California denied firing White. Their statement to the Washington Post said Cole voluntarily resigned and they accepted his resignation. It went on to say, “We do respect our employees’ rights to their opinions. They are free to make their own choices but must accept the responsibilities of those choices.”

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