Saturday, July 11, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #58: Many Freepers Filled with Stereotypical Racist Hate

On Twitter, ABC's @JakeTapper tweeted a link to a Vancouver Sun article concerning members of the conservative news site Free Republic. Many Freepers directed racial slurs against 11-year old Obama daughter Malia. Reportedly, in 100 comments, only one or two Freepers stood up against the racism of their peers. I don't know if that's any accurate. If so, I feel sad for the current state of political discourse.

You can read various reactions from the liberal news site Daily Kos (here and here).

It sickens me that the loudest of the loud in the conservative movement still can't shake the spectre of past injustice and stereotypical racism that's usually associated with conservatives. (The rationale being: Many conservatives, especially social conservatives, tend to idealize about a happy "past America" for some. By the same token, that same "past America" was full of injustice for many.) It sickens me more that these attacks are directed toward young children. I look forward to the day (if it ever comes) that economic conservatives, economic moderates, social moderates, social liberals, and economic liberals can debate and disagree well. I'm not sure that social conservatives (in the way that term that is understood by many) can participate civilly. (The rationale being: If self-professed social conservatives agree to debate with good manners toward those who disagree with them, then they are probably relabeled as social moderates.)

The obvious and current retort to this sickening story is that various people from the left lobbed similar attacks toward the youngest of Sarah Palin's children. That sickens me, too. This is beyond politics; racists and those who insult children are truly bad people, no matter their ideological affiliation.

While I can agree that certain Internet trolls have written bad things about Palin's children, I am not sure it is to the degree that reportedly happened in Free Republic - 100 bad people and only two good people offended by the bad people. Then again, the Internet is a big place and full of negativity. All I can say is that if you want to be on the side of good (no matter your ideology), then be good to each other.

And don't let the bastards grind you down.

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