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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke November 30, 2021

No, this isn’t a real Vox headline about ‘racist’ shoe-tying methods

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  • This isn’t an authentic headline but the image has been shared on meme websites. 

What looks like a recent Vox headline is being shared on social media but it’s not real, and while some people seem to be in on the joke, others aren’t so sure. 

"How teaching children the Bunny Ear method for tying their shoes is actually an act of racist oppression," the supposed headline says, alongside an image of a child tying his shoes with two big loops. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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Searching for the headline online, we found the same image of the headline that appears on Facebook on meme websites, but no evidence that it ever appeared on the Vox site — or any scorn that commentators critical of the news site would have surely heaped on it. 


Vox has reported on children and racism, such as in a 2020 story with the headline: "How to talk to kids about racism, explained by a psychologist." 

But we rate claims that the headline in the post is real False.


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