Does IMDB automatically reject for words like 'racist'

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I made a very accurate post on the Green Book, which is a movie about racism amongst other things.

What I said it is 'I laughed, I cried, and I was reminded of pages of our American racist past...

It was rejected. There is nothing offensive or wrong about that unless IMDB believes we don't have a racist past...

Please accept this post.

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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Yeah, my opinion, yes. Substitute racist with discriminatory and it should slide through.
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Hi, Bruce Yablon. Well, most likely somebody was offended enough to prevent publication of your review. Maybe it would be less offensive if you reworded your first paragraph as "I laughed, I cried, I was reminded of pages of America's racist past." I don't know. Regardless, it is wise to be careful about how the words "we", "us", "our" and "ours" are used. A lot of United States citizens had nothing to with racism back then (Jim Crow policies), and have nothing to do with racism now.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Hey Joe.
What if they do the opposite?
They take it on!
Happy New Year
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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After I typed Hey Joe I almost wanted to finish it with the Hendrix lyrics.
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No, they don't, although I wouldn't be surprised if such words flag them for review.  I've had reviews accepted, including recently, that included the word "racist" and its variants.

I like that you called that a "post," though, because I wouldn't call it a "review," either.  That said, there's a lot worse on IMDb now.  I would guess that the awkward phrasing of "our American racist past" may've confused an editor into suspecting that you're injecting a blanket personal political statement or something.  I'd recommend cleaning up that language on purely literary grounds, but I don't see how it doesn't meet IMDb's guidelines.
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Hi Bruce -

I can see that your review for "Green Book" should have been approved as it is in-line with our guidelines.  Please re-submit your review and post the related submission reference number here so I can ensure it is approved quickly.
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