Racial Rumors

As one of the primary functions of urban legends is the expression of societal concerns and fears, they often take the form of tales that serve to reinforce prejudicial views of different races, ethnicities, and classes.

Vehicle, Transportation
Is this California ‘ASN FLU’ License Plate Real? Some said pictures of the plate ignited "online controversy."
    True
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We looked into whether Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors used donations to the movement to buy a $1.4 million mansion.
No Evidence BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Used Donations To Buy House Let's talk about home prices in Los Angeles.
    Unproven
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The City of Oakland, California, was rumored to be experimenting with a guaranteed income program that provides a monthly, no-strings attached payment of $500.00 to low-income families.
Is Oakland Offering “Guaranteed Income” Only to People of Color? The experimental program originally described itself as solely for families who are Black, indigenous, and...
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Poster, Advertisement, Flyer
Is Meme Correct in Saying Atlanta Shooting Suspect Was ‘Inspired by Trump’s Racism’? A man is accused of shooting and killing eight people, most of whom of Asian...
    Unproven
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Prince William and Kate are carried on portable thrones or litters.
Do Photos Show Prince William and Kate Being Carried by People of Color? The gossip website TMZ produced photographs from 2012 in response to the Duke of Cambridge's...
    True
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Face, Person, Human
Did Paramount Pictures Insist on Casting a White Actor in ‘Coming to America’? "This was back in, you know, the '80s," Eddie Murphy said of the purported studio...
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cracker barrel whips
Does ‘Cracker Barrel’ Refer to a Barrel of Whips? Crackers can come in bags, boxes, and yes, even barrels.
    Mostly False
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Did KFC Honor Black History Month With This Tweet? The viral tweet was fake, but not as fake as you might think.
    Mostly False
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Did Dale Earnhardt Sr. Remove Confederate Flag Sticker from Truck? The race-car driving legend's son reportedly once relayed the story.
    Mostly True
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Did Theodore Roosevelt ‘Punish’ a Mississippi City for Forcing Out a Black Postmaster? The president retaliated when Minnie Cox was pushed out of her position by white residents...
    Mostly True
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Did a Sign for Starbucks Racial Bias Training Single Out White People? A sign informing Starbucks customers that stores would be closed in order to "educate white...
    False
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Hand holding a small knife.
Did ‘Muslim Immigrants’ Commit the Most Knife Crimes in London in 2017? A right-wing Facebook page published a meme that was heavy on Islam-blaming but light on...
    Unproven
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