Thanks to the amount of racist comments on every post, the r/blackgirls community became practically unusable and regular users began to jump ship. A new community called r/blackladies has since been formed.
After their successful disruption of r/blackgirls, posters at r/niggers continued their activities in other subreddits, including more brigading and comment vote manipulation. Vote manipulation is one of only 4 things explicitly forbidden in Reddit's official rules. Back in May, Reddit admins began shadow-banning (making
user comments invisible to everyone except the user) handfuls of r/niggers posters for this rule-breaking behavior. The admins warned moderators about this
behavior in a series of back-and-forth private messages; one even warned that the community could be banned
Martin hopes Reddit users will see these warnings as proof that even the most offensive communities on Reddit have to continually and overtly break the
rules before ever facing a ban. He explains, "Hopefully users can tell from the amount of warnings we extended to a subreddit as clearly awful as r/niggers
that we go into the decision to ban subreddits with a lot of scrutiny."
The mass banning of several individual r/niggers subscribers makes it seem as though Reddit admins were drawing a line in the sand, and they were, just not for the reasons you might think. Reddit's official user agreement
maintains that by signing up for Reddit, users "agree not to use any obscene, indecent, or offensive language," not to post any "graphics, text,
photographs, images, video, audio or other material that is defamatory, abusive, bullying, harassing, racist, hateful, or violent," and "to refrain from
ethnic slurs when using the Website."
But Reddit admins cited vote manipulation and brigading as the reason for the r/niggers user bans. As one Reddit user
pointed out, "Getting /r/niggers for brigading is a bit like getting Al Capone for tax evasion. It may not be false, but it doesn't quite capture the whole
Much like posters on r/creepshots and r/jailbait before it,
r/niggers subscribers maintain that theirs is firmly a free speech issue; they see themselves as "the last bastion of free speech on Reddit." They argue
that despite their calls for racialized violence and liberal use of slurs, r/niggers is a legitimate "venue for discussing racial relations without
censorship or political correctness."
r/niggers users even see their shadow-bans as "dying" for the cause of free speech. When their accounts are banned, the community's moderators add their
names to r/RedditMartyrs, a kind of online graveyard that honors former r/niggers subscribers with
names like CatchANiggerByTheToe and CoonShine. Its sidebar proclaims that they died for their cause, noting, "In 2013, Reddit declared war on freethinking
subscribers of an uncensored community known as r/niggers. These martyrs were shadow-banned by reddit admins and turned into ghosts. Gone but not
forgotten, we honor their memory and their sacrifice."