Theo Wilson decided to create a fake online persona so he could better understand white supremacist trolls. He spent months inside the echo chamber learning about why racism flourishes online. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Theo Wilson.
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What a black man learned undercover as a white supremacist

Theo Wilson is an actor and poet from Denver, Colorado, who wanted to understand why white supremacists believed what they believed. 

“To be honest, it was kind of exhilarating,” he said in a TEDx talk. “I would literally spend days clicking through my new racist profile, goofing off at work in Aryan land.” 

Over the course of eight months, Wilson explored a twisted, alternative universe where commonly accepted facts of history or science had been turned upside down. In this universe, slavery was good for African Americans, Black Lives Matter is funded by billionaire George Soros and freed blacks held more slaves than whites pre-Civil War. 

“In today’s America, (racists) are struggling to understand why they’ll have less opportunity than their father’s generation,” Wilson said. “They also want answers to basic questions about race in America.” 

Click here to read Wilson’s complete story on myajc.com

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