On YouTube, Steven Crowder uses racist stereotypes to attack Black farmers
Update (3/17/21): Bloomberg News reports that YouTube removed Crowder’s video, citing its violation of the platform’s coronavirus content policies. A YouTube spokesperson stated: “This video violates our Covid-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming that the death rates of Covid-19 are less severe or equally as severe as the common cold or seasonal flu.” YouTube also said that the video was blocked from running ads and that Crowder himself did make any money from the video.
On the March 16 YouTube edition of Louder with Crowder, Steven Crowder and his co-hosts engaged in a wildly racist bit on Black farmers, employing racist stereotypes and offensive language. Co-host Dave Landau remarked, “I thought the last thing they would want to do is be farmers. Wasn’t that a big problem for hundreds of years?”
Out of the 3.4 million farmers in the United States, only about 45,000 are Black. The purpose of the aid in the American Rescue Plan is to lessen the racial gap in the farming community and correct decades of discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture toward Black farmers. Conservative media have been, predictably, smearing this aid provision, framing it as “reparations” and discriminatory to white people.
Crowder has a history of using racist and bigoted language on his show. Last week, he used a racist slur to describe Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. YouTube claims to have a policy against racist bullying and hate speech.