Disgusting WSO Post

Hi everyone,

I recently came across a WSO post that made my skin crawl. I have been on this site for a bit more than a year and have come across all kinds of posts, from questions to opinions and heated arguments with swears and all kinds of insults (both in humor and otherwise) thrown around. But this is my first time seeing a post as venomous as this one, that made me reel.


I hope we can all agree that this is not what this forum is about and such opinions and comments don't belong in our generation and on this forum. I really am making this post to highlight this post and the user who posted it, and use this chance to discredit such comments. This is not what WSO/finance represents, and I hope newer users can see this and feel secure that this is no way representative of this forum and the finance world.

@prestigiousindividual shame on you. You are a disgrace and part of what we are all working to rid from society. No matter your opinions on diversity recruiting, those comments have no place on this forum and in this day and age. I'll stop there for now, but know that this is a different time and age and these kind of comments don't/won't fly, here or anywhere else in the modern world.

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Jan 13, 2022 - 7:27pm

lmao i'm not white and i laughed reading that post. people don't know how to take a joke nowadays. that post (and the other ones on that thread) are so absurdly racist that they can't possibly be taken seriously. it's shock humor. he's obviously a troll, just ignore him.

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:40pm

Prestigiouslndividual

Didn't you bash on bottombuckethardo too a few months ago and made him a martyr? Maybe time to shut up and go back to being an attorney.

I post about law, generally in the context of telling people not to enter the profession, and starting businesses. I occasionally chime in to correct some baseless claims that could actually harm a young person if they believed an Internet stranger. 
 

For someone not in finance, you spend too much time here and know too many personalities. I don't even know who bottom bucket hardo is. Reading is crucial, I have said repeatedly I am not an attorney any longer. 

Jan 13, 2022 - 10:02pm

On your old account you claimed that Latino people are 'genetic sludge' and that my family would be killed in cartel torture videos.  When someone asked if you talk like that to minorities in real life, you claimed you did.  So you are not much better in this regard, other than occasionally posting career advice.

Jan 13, 2022 - 10:02pm

Drumpfy

On your old account you claimed that Latino people are 'genetic sludge' and that my family would be killed in cartel torture videos.  When someone asked if you talk like that to minorities in real life, you claimed you did.  So you are not much better in this regard, other than occasionally posting career advice.

Nothing you said contradicts my claim. Most of my posts are helpful advice. How is your family doing post video?

Jan 13, 2022 - 7:55pm

That was the first post on an incoming intern asking about an important issue. I would rather react than let other prospects think this is something that is acceptable in this forum or in the finance world. Letting things like this slide only makes certain top talent more likely to turn away from Wall Street to other fields, which has a negative impact on all of us in the long-run (less competitive, negative stigma, etc) especially with other issues Wall Street/finance has. My post was really meant for anyone who came across that post to know that such kind of comments are not welcome here.

  • Associate 3 in RE - Res
Jan 13, 2022 - 8:17pm

While the post is clearly ignorant and gross, I don't think we should be censoring anyone unless they are shilling products.  I think we should ignore or collectively shit on him because he is a moron but if we start to censor people then when does it stop?  Obviously, racism is wrong but the path to fighting against stupid people is to shit on them, not ban them.  If everyone collectively dumps on these morons, then it becomes apparent that those opinions aren't supported.  The case could be made that the hot take conservative crowd should be censored, or people should be banned for vaccine "misinformation", or that Drumpfy should be banned for posting stupid shit nonstop which would be wrong imo also.   The freer speech the better.  Also, legit racist people don't post retarded shit like that, they go white supremacist meet ups in rural America.  He is just trying to get a rise out of people 

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:24pm

Definitely not asking for him to be censored. In fact, my post was made on the assumption he won't be censored. Made this post to loudly and clearly show that peeps on here (arguably the top site for prospects in IB. PE, HF and other 'high' finance) don't subscribe or vibe with those comments. Also, that is as racist as it comes. Even if it was a black person saying the same thing but about white peeps, those words are unarguably undeniably disgusting racism.

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:27pm

I have to disagree man. I don't think it's a slippery slope at all - we can clearly draw a line where blatant racism, "real" or not, should not be tolerated in any form. Ever heard of schrodinger's douchebag? Leaving these comments/posts up and not having users punished for posting this type of material tells people that it's acceptable to post that content. Also, in what way shape, or form is that comment constructive to the site? It's a finance site where people seek advice...Lastly, Have you ever experienced racism? Even if the guy is a complete troll and is just looking for reactions, seeing posts/comments like that stay up and seeing nothing happen, even people marking it as "funny" tells you that people don't have your back. 

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Jan 13, 2022 - 8:40pm

The post is clearly written to get a reaction out of people. It's not harming anyone. The comment got 11 MS and counting, so that should be enough of an indication that we don't stand for comments like that. We should not start censoring on this site.

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Jan 13, 2022 - 10:01pm

I disagree with you and agree with [Corporate Raider] on this one. I'm staunchly against cancel culture moderating opposing views, etc. but this falls into none of that. This is blatant racism and the comment OP posted is one of dozens where PrestigiousIndividual insinuates that Black/Hispanics are inherently inferior to white people. Wake up dude, this guy isn't some "troll" he's a closet racist trying to use the lingo of "prestige" to fit on to this website, but in reality is using this place as a platform to spread his racist comments because he can't do it on other forums. This is why he's getting so defensive on this thread, it's not to elicit some "reaction", it's to fight for a place to continue to spout his racial rhetoric. This type of nonsense has been increasing on this site in the past few years (as presumably censorship grows on other platforms), and we need to make an example of some of these people if we don't want this forum to get flooded by closet racists who have 0 connection or interest in finance/accounting/consulting. 

As for your point about slippery slope, the easiest way around that is instead of making some ambiguous rule such as "racists will be banned" we should discuss these matters on a case by cases basis (like we're doing now) and punish appropriately. Finally want to point out that this isn't the first time a user has been banned, so this isn't entering new territory in the way you think it is. 

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  • Associate 3 in RE - Res
Jan 13, 2022 - 8:30pm

Yeah I gotcha, not saying you in particular but there are some people on this thread and the referenced thread saying he should be banned which tbf is warranted given what he said but I just think that starts a very slippery slope for such an awesome website.  My point is kinda like the Twitter thing where people now self censor themselves because they are afraid of getting banned.  Imo I think the best method is to ignore him or tell him he's scum since he clearly is attempting to provoke a response and be provocative 

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:36pm

I guess I don't understand why comments/users like that can't just be banned? Why even give the opportunity for him to spread that hate? What's the point of telling everyone to ignore a post when we can just remove the comment/post altogether? You said if we all point and mock them, they'll stop since they will see it's not accepted, but how can we expect a person like that to actually behave that way? Why take that chance. Also, what happens to the site if on the front page of WSJ says "Popular finance site WSO let's racist users, comments, and posts run amok?" I just don't understand why we don't have a 0-tolerance policy. 

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  • Associate 3 in RE - Res
Jan 13, 2022 - 8:38pm

I'm not disagreeing with you and there is 100% a legit case for him to be banned.  I just would rather see him drown in MS then being banned but I don't make the rules, so we'll see what happens.  Again, I don't want people begin to self-censor and water down the site.  I personally love reading the heated threads with diverse political opinions because I get to hear unique perspectives.  This is in no way a defense of that moron.  He isn't funny in any way and every post he makes is stupid.  This one is particularly repulsive.

Jan 13, 2022 - 10:01pm

Would argue the only real slippery slope is if there becomes some embedded rule in the community such as "content that is negative towards people of different backgrounds will result in a ban" which obviously can be interpreted ambiguously and lead to improper bans. Talking about each example on a case by case basis (like we're doing now) is the easiest way around that. 

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Jan 13, 2022 - 9:22pm

The original racist / venomous post was bad. The multiple posts defending it are worse.

Realize this is predominately a forum for college kids in their young 20s who think this shit is funny, but it's time to grow up.

The OP is right - there's no place for that today. You don't see/hear a ton of that in finance as it's an incredibly ignorant / uneducated view. I can only hope he says something to the wrong person at the wrong time and is either fired on the spot or knocked out cold.

Jan 13, 2022 - 9:35pm

Prestigiouslndividual

Actually liberals/SJWs tend to have lower incomes, be of a younger age and have less sophisticated careers (liberal waiter vs conservative/authoritarian houston oil exec). 
 

The "old guard" of high finance merely keeps these thoughts to their own elite social circles. 

Please don't allow one post on this thread go without a response. They all need your wisdom and insight 

Jan 13, 2022 - 9:45pm

OMG!!! ONE POST FROM A TROLL THAT IS OBVIOUSLY RACISTT???? PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS ISN'T WHAT WSO REPRESENTS!!!! OMG I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO!!!! THIS ONE GUY DOESN'T REPRESENT THE WHOLE USERBASE, RIGHT GUISE????

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 13, 2022 - 9:52pm

Maybe its because I'm a frequent poster on the bodybuilding.com misc forum, but that post OP isn't even that racist/ shocking.  

Jan 13, 2022 - 10:02pm

Bout time. I wonder how it feels to a be a black WSO user reading his posts on the daily.

Go, Go, Excel

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