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‘Minecraft’ Creator Goes Full White Man Denying White Privilege on Twitter

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Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the game “Minecraft,” appeared to have a white-privilege meltdown on Twitter early Thursday regarding his belief that it is “ok to be white” and white privilege, as he says, is a “made up metric.”

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It started with a single tweet early Thursday morning. “It’s ok to be white,” Persson, who tweets under the handle @notch, wrote.

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As people began to call him out for the tweet, Persson seemed to double down on his nonsense.

“Feel free to unfollow me,” he told one person who took issue with the tweet.

One user told Persson that his tweet was a dog whistle to white nationalists.

He responded by saying, “Seems to me the only people it’s a dog whistle for is people saying it’s a dog whistle.”

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Another user told Persson that it’s not OK to celebrate white privilege, to which Persson responded, “Privilege is a made up metric used to silence and repress. We are all different, and that is ok. We listen to individuals and help each other based on individual strengths and needs. We do not generalize based on skin color, bigot.”

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Irony.

Persson then sent out the most ignorant tweet of all, saying, “protip: believing in race based privilege needing to be checked fits the literal definition of racism.”

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Well, I guess he told us, then.

As of the time of this writing, Persson has not tweeted anything further from his account.

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Looking through his past tweets, it appears he either still does or has in the past frequented the 4chan message boards, which makes his particular brand of racism and shock-value tweeting completely unsurprising.

Still, most people with successful companies and brands at least try to hide their shit a little bit.

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Guess we canceling “Minecraft” now, right?

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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DISCUSSION

At this point, I’ve stopped using the word “privilege” with White people and with other men because they deliberately misinterpret it as a way of dodging the conversation and I now use “circumstance” instead.

I tell them, by matter of circumstance, they were born White straight males. Due to hundreds of years of systemic racism and colonialism and thousands of years of misogyny and homophobia, they have social advantages that are verifiable and quantifiable.

These advantages forced a social hierarchy onto people that places White straight males at the top and only members of those groups: White, straight and male can dismantle the specific sources of oppression coming from their groups.

Stop talking to us about experiences you’ve never had. You’ve never been denied employment, housing, healthcare, your humanity or any other social metric because of your Whiteness, your maleness or your heterosexuality. Either help us right these wrongs or go get a swastika tattoo and be with your team.