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Raleigh man receives death threats for 'Yes, You're Racist' Twitter account

Posted August 14

— A Raleigh man is gaining national attention for his controversial Twitter posts following the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

Social media can be a powerful tool when news happens and Logan Smith found out just how powerful this weekend.

“They are saying they are going to kill me, insulting my wife, insulting my family,” Smith said.

The negative comments are coming from people he called out on Twitter for participating in the rally in Charlottesville.

Smith, who is the communications director for Progress NC, is the face behind the Twitter account called “Yes, You’re Racist.” He started the account during the 2012 presidential campaign, but when he saw the images coming out of Virginia, he wanted to do something about it.

“One thing I did was to ask people if they recognized any of these people to just send me the names and public profiles and I will make them famous,” Smith said.

Smith’s inbox filled up with the names and hometowns of men in photos from the scene in Charlottesville. He said he did careful research before matching names with pictures. Once he did, the photos went viral.

“These aren’t just random faces in a crowd, these are real people. A lot of times, they are in our communities. They could be your neighbors, your coworkers, people you pass in the grocery store and I think it’s really important to put a spotlight on these people,” he said.

Despite the fact that he is now receiving death threats for the posts made on the Twitter account, he said he will continue to speak for what he believes is right.

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  • Tim Orr Aug 17, 12:05 p.m.
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    Do you have it 'on tape' that they didn't? Or were you testing your transporters?

  • Amy Whaley Aug 16, 1:42 p.m.
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    This is straight up bullying.

  • David McCabe Aug 16, 9:29 a.m.
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    Welp it already happened... The "Yes You're Racist" site has already accused a man 1,000 miles away from the Charlottesville rally of being a racist attendee of the rally. The site identified Kyle Quinn who works for the University of Arkansas as a racist, contacted his work to try and get him fired, and published his home address on the website for people to harass him or even worse. Congratulations on getting started amassing that mountain of lawsuits I warned you about...

  • John Archer Aug 15, 9:30 p.m.
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    Unless you have it on tape, then I'm not going to take your word for it, no. And unless you have the BLM organization condoning such, then also no. You can disparage BLM all you want, but I personally know many members, and they are good people. A few bad apples are in EVERY group, including Christians. So unless you are willing to align yourself with McVeigh and Roof, you are pretty hypocritical.

  • Robert Williams Aug 15, 8:08 p.m.
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    BLM didn't say those things? So me hearing them marching and saying those awful things never happened?? Ok Mr. Oblivious.

  • John Archer Aug 15, 7:37 p.m.
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    BLM did not say those things any more than all the Christians blew up the Murrah building in OK City. Were you part of McVeigh's group?

  • John Archer Aug 15, 7:36 p.m.
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    Guess you don't know much about the anti-choice movement. They do stand outside clinics and harass and take pictures going in for treatment, whether abortion related or not. Taking video and photos of the women is part of the harassment. Taking video and photos of the Nazis is different, because they are participating in a public exhibition of hatred and racism.

  • Robert Williams Aug 15, 4:01 p.m.
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    So when BLM says "Pigs in a Blanket, Fry 'em like bacon", and "What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? NOW!", that's NOT racist?? My apologies....I thought it was. I guess I'm mistaken.

  • David McCabe Aug 15, 3:32 p.m.
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    Easy win for a defamation suit. Contrary to popular belief on this sub simply being in a park in Charlottesville does not make you a racist. When this twitter feed that makes the claim in the title that, "Yes, You're Racist" and posts these people's photos and contacts their workplace to get them fired is a defamation case with clear proof of harm. This account not only identifies these people and makes the claim that they are racist but it provides an infrastructure to financially and physically harm the people identified on it. When someone uses this account to track people down to get them fired or inevitably cause them physical harm it won't be hard at all to prove that Mr. Smith defamed these people causing substantial financial and physical harm, and mental anguish. Progress NC might want to make sure he is not doing this on their equipment or at work or they might find themselves partially liable for his actions...

  • Tim Orr Aug 15, 3:31 p.m.
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    It ends when everyone starts raising their children to accept responsibility for their own actions. In other words...never.

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