• Probably because they are cowards who are afraid of an actual confrontation. I've also noticed though that there are plenty of people on the internet who are not racist and bigoted.
  • Human beings have the natural desire to socialize. This can take several forms, such as blogging, chatting with total strangers (possibly the equivalent thereof with blogging) and befriending people in a very natural way. Others, however, like to prey upon others insecurities to bring about a sort of social pleasure and fulfillment that would result in some form of condescension towards that obviously known sensitive subject. Or, he could be a Nazi prick whom likes to eat fish ball soup and beat off to Roadhouse every Sunday night.
  • people tend to be pussies. Saying things that will get you punched in the mouth is easier to do when anonymous.
  • Baseline cowardice.
  • "Anonymity may reduce the accountability one perceives to have for their actions, and removes the impact these actions might otherwise have on their reputation. This can have dramatic effects, both useful and harmful. In conversational settings, anonymity may allow people to reveal personal history and feelings without fear of later embarrassment. Electronic conversational media can provide physical isolation, in addition to anonymity. This prevents physical retaliation for remarks, and prevents negative or taboo behavior or discussion from tarnishing the reputation of the speaker. This can be beneficial when discussing very private matters, or taboo subjects or expressing views or revealing facts which may put someone in physical, financial, or legal danger (such as illegal activity, or unpopular or outlawed political views). With few perceived negative consequences, anonymous or semi-anonymous forums often provide a soapbox for disruptive conversational behavior. The term Internet troll is sometimes used to refer to those who do this online." Source and further information:
  • No real threat of any tangible retaliation.
  • People normally have the racist tendencies already the internet doesn't make them have anymore but the anonymity lets people feel free to talk about it unlike in their normal life when it can be held against them
  • It's anonymous. You can be anyone you want to be on the internet and have supporters who will believe it. And too, you can be very much yourself on the internet, when in real life, you would never be accepted. Racism and other things are being squashed out all over the US (probably in other places, too) and the bigots don't have any outlet for their venting and anger.
  • Im new to computers and have gotten my feelings hurt so many times from people who out of the blue have just been mean. Im used to them being nice for the most part in the real world. Im learning the hard way to expect anything on here and know now that anonymity can bring out people who can hurt others because they wont be held accountable for it!

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