According to the NAACP, the wide-ranging internet meme "You mad, bro?" is racist. The phrase, which is often used when someone loses a game or does something embarrassing, is coming under fire from the association because of a high school banner raised during a football game in Ohio.
|The banner in question|
Of course, anyone who has ever been on the internet before knows that the phrase is not racist. In fact, even if you've never heard of the meme, chances are that you did not instantly think, "that's racist!" This is most likely because it is not racist.
Other variations of the meme read, "u mad, bro" or "u jelly (instead of "jealous")," accompanied by a smiling doodle:
In the end, the evidence is exceedingly on the side of "not racist whatsoever." In fact, discussing an innocuous term such as this is almost the epitome of racial over-sensitivity and racial paranoia. Of course, I'm not saying there is no racism in the United States, but the phrase "you mad, bro?" Seriously? No, it's not racist.