Big ups to @N0thingICanDo and their powers of observation.
Over the last few months we've had multiple documented instances of Phil biting his nails and/or fingertips when black people turn up in video games. Mostly they've been posted in the general thread but I thought this was a curious enough phenomenon that it deserved its own place for archiving and discussion, mostly because out of all of Phil's tics (t-posing, rocking, rolling eyes, etc.) this one appears to be a response to a specific stimulus and the Pavlov in me wants to analyze the fuck out of this.
Here lies T, RIP in (italian-spiced) pepperoni. Thread is here. Many grains of salt and so on and so forth but at least it's consistent with Phil's other tales of the Mean Streets of Bridgeport. Phil may have lost someone close to him or been the victim of violence himself from an awful darkie.He told the story of his talented Street Fighter tournament player buddy getting gunned down tragically cutting his life short during the Ask the King (of Gout) last week. Gunman's skin tone may have been the source of this tic? It's a weird thing to pick up but if he's doing it unconsciously you can't argue with the sustained pattern after enough establishment of it being continual.
Further discussion and archiving of all past and current examples can go here; I'd dive through general again but ~4 months is a lot of pages to go through and my autism level isn't strong enough. If you know you've posted an instance and have an archive, throw it up here too so they're all together.