Viral videos of people berating others on account of race, religion or presumed immigration status are being posted on social media fast and furious these days.

Smartphones, changing attitudes, President Donald Trump and the meteoric rise of social media may all share the blame, experts say.

While scattering pine needles with a leaf blower, boarding a train for the beach and ordering tea and coffee at popular shops, people across Southern California have found themselves the targets of slurs and disparaging remarks in recent weeks.

Those private confrontations, which likely would have gone unnoticed years ago, were broadcast far and wide. One video of a particularly heated conversation has been viewed more than 8 million times on Twitter and Facebook….

Riverside Press-Enterprise