. This is the internet, dear. Regardless of the color of your skin, you will eventually come across an intellectually inept, emotionally challenged child who lashes out on you with every vile word in his or her vocabulary. Surely this should not have been the surprise that it was. I cannot tell you how many times I have been called a “cracker” online; and not once did I come to the conclusion that “racism was in the air” because of a couple of idiots online.