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“Libs of TikTok” creator Chaya Raichik added to extremist database

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This week, the Southern Poverty Law Center added Chaya Raichik, creator of the social media platform Libs of TikTok, to its list of individual extremists and extremist movements.

The Extremist Files database contains profiles of various groups and individuals, including Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church and David Duke, founder of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. The list also examines the histories and ideologies of the most common types of extremist movements.

Raichik is a former real estate agent from Brooklyn who grew up in Los Angeles. In April 2021, she created the @LibsofTikTok handle, now X, on Twitter. “Libs of TikTok” has over 2.8 million followers and reposts TikTok videos from users who share liberal views while adding mocking conservative comments.

The account has become a source and multiplier of right-wing outrage, particularly regarding LGBTQ+ issues. On

Why did the SPLC call the TikTok creator's libs extremists?

In Raichik's “Extremist Profile” on the SPLC website, the nonprofit legal organization wrote that Raichik helped revive right-wing propaganda and the use of the term “groomer” as an insult toward LGBTQ+ people.

Grooming refers to behavior that allows perpetrators to build trust in children or young people and thus manipulate or exploit them. According to the Anti-Defamation League, a human rights group, the term has been used by anti-LGBTQ+ groups to falsely imply that members of the LGBTQ+ community are pedophiles and “groom” children by discussing issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity .

SPLC added that Raichik is using her platform in an “anti-LGBTQ+ disinformation campaign that mobilizes far-right groups to launch violent attacks against LGBTQ+ people, spaces and events, as well as doctors, hospitals, librarians, libraries, teachers and schools.”

“When extremists use online spaces that target LGBTQ+ people, it is dangerous and deserves criticism and restraint,” said RG Cravens, senior research analyst at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, in a statement. “Activities like Raichik’s can create an environment that normalizes violence against LGBTQ+ people and provides protection for politicians who take away LGBTQ+ rights.”

The legal organization listed several examples of Raichik's anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric:

  • “This [LGBTQ and allied] Activists and caregivers, they're not just in schools, they're in all institutions and they want to sexualize our children, they want to confuse our children about their identities.” – Chaya Raichik, “The Jason Rantz Show,” March 2, 2023
  • “The word groomer is and has never been an 'anti-LGBT slur.'” – Chaya Raichik, @LibsofTikTok Twitter, November 6, 2022
  • “Any teacher who comes out to their students should be fired immediately.” – Chaya Raichik, @LibsofTikTok Twitter, April 3, 2022

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Chaya Raichik faces backlash in Oklahoma: Ryan Walters' Library Media Advisory Committee

Earlier this year, Raichik was appointed to an Oklahoma Library media advisory board by Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent Ryan Walters.

In a media statement, Walters said he appointed Raichik to the advisory board because she has been at the forefront of showing the world exactly what the radical left is about – lowering standards, spreading porn in schools and giving children a “woke.” -Indoctrination” to be imposed.

“Her unique perspective is invaluable to my plan to make Oklahoma schools safer for children and more parent-friendly,” Walters said.

Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign, called Walters “corrupt” and a “crazy political opportunist” in a statement about the SPLC adding Raichik to its “extremist files.” She added that his “reckless actions” would not be tolerated and “endangered the well-being of Oklahoma students.”

“Ryan Walters appointed someone to a statewide committee that deemed one of the country’s leading civil rights organizations so dangerous that they put it on the same list as David Duke and the Proud Boys,” Robinson said. “But instead of hiding his head.” Ashamed, Walters continues to join in with Chaya Raichik’s bigotry and disinformation. This is more than disqualifying.”

In response to Robinson's comments and the SPLC's inclusion of Raichik in its “Extremist Files,” Walters sent a statement to The Oklahoman:

“Once again we have seen the radical left stop at nothing to denigrate anyone who does not follow their oppressive worldview,” Walters said. “No one is doing more to shine a light on the far-left vision these people want to impose on our schools and our children than Chaya Raichik, and I am proud that she is working with us in Oklahoma.”

Outrage over Chaya Raichik after Nex Benedict's death, school bomb threats, resignations

Following the death of Nex Benedict, an Owasso High School student who died by suicide in early February, critics blamed negativity spread across right-wing social media accounts for fueling aggression toward LGBTQ+ people.

Many cited Raichik as targeting Owasso High School in 2022 when teacher Tyler Wrynn resigned amid controversy surrounding a post on TikTok in which he advocated for LGBTQ+ students.

In 2023, the Libs of TikTok account shared a video posted by a Tulsa elementary school librarian in which she joked about a “woke agenda” but explained her commitment to educating students in the caption.

The video posted by Libs of TikTok has been edited from the original to include the teacher's name and school at the end and does not show a caption.

After the post was published, Ellen Ochoa Elementary School in Tulsa received a bomb threat on August 22nd. The threat appeared to have been made in retaliation for the librarian's TikTok.

Another “Libs of TikTok” post from 2023 identified a Western Heights Public School principal as a drag performer and accused several school districts in Oklahoma of having “pornographic” books in their libraries.