I was going to comment that arguing science with a racist probably isn’t a very good response, but knowing the science to defeat the pseudoscience still has value. I turn my comment into a new topic instead.
A few years back I was a moderator for a large Atheism community (like a FB Group) on the now defunct Google Plus. On one occasion I stood up to some individuals who appeared to be trolling.
For context, the original troll was bashing “Social Justice Warriors”, and I had cause to think this person was trolling other than the options he was expressing. The point of this story isn’t about “Social Justice” or to support it, but rather on how to deal with persons being intentionally obnoxious. The specifics are my hazy recollection, and don’t really matter.
At some point the original Troll called in his buddies to help, but they were all very much the same, so I refer to any of them as “Troll”. The discussion went something like this:
Troll:“SJW’s are bad.”
Me: “I don’t see there is anything inherently wrong with working to promote Social Justice.”
Troll: “Ha! You must be a SJW too!”
Me: "But why am I a SJW? You don’t know anything about me. All I did was try to ask why Social Justic…
@Nlents and I will be interviewing Adam Rutherford on his new book next week:
What questions do you have for him?