User review platform Yelp announced on Thursday that it is launching a new feature to flag businesses accused of racism.
Escalation to a racist alert will come after Yelp determines the presence of such "resounding evidence." Prior to that, if someone associated with the business has been either accused of racism—or been the target of racist behavior—the company will apply a more general Public Attention Alert.
The move comes as consumers have been increasingly using the platform to call out behavior they deem racist, amid a broader movement that alleges systemic racism in America, a claim that is the subject of considerable controversy.
"As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions," Yelp said in the post.
“Every system you could possibly think of produces some kind of racial or sexual or class discrepancy. And this allows the radicals to be radicals eternally, and to claim that everything is racist,” Reilly said, suggesting that some in the racial justice activist community have ulterior motives.
Yelp's new alert has been criticized by those who argue that the new feature could easily be abused.
Yelp said its decision to launch the alert came after seeing a 133 percent increase in the number of media-fueled incidences on the platform this year compared to 2019.
Reilly, in his interview on American Thought Leaders, also discussed critical race theory (CRT), which recently drew national attention after President Donald Trump ordered it purged from federal agencies. Reilly said it can be traced back to Marxism.
“The communist or the Marxist will argue that everything that looks like fair facially neutral law, in fact, reflects class privilege,” Reilly said. “So, laws mandating that your property is yours are in fact a way for the wealthy, who own the most property, to essentially steal from and oppress the rest of us.”
He said CRT boils down to the notion that “disparities equal discrimination,” meaning that gaps in outcome are blamed on racist or otherwise unfair systems, rather than variables like studying less.
“So, [according to CRT], facially neutral systems, like the SAT, is a way to implement white privilege, or to implement white supremacy, because there’s no way minorities can do as well as more privileged white kids,” Reilly said. “The criminal justice system’s goal isn’t to actually lock up rapists and perverts, abusers of women and so on; it’s to oppress minorities by instituting laws that minorities are going to be more likely to violate than wealthier whites. So that’s what critical race theory very, very often is.”