An Unpleasant First

Let me thank Macon D, Profe, Xey, Mimpiku, and Carolina, all of whom have recently commented on some of my posts. I also want to acknowledge Che, who disagreed with several of my posts (I assume he recently found the blog and read a bunch of pieces at once). But he kept the tone respectful. I thank him for that and for contributing to the site.

But others do not share the approach of these readers. Some people are determined to prove that the internet is where hate-filled wackjobs spew vitriol that they would never even whisper if they could be identified.

Specifically a reader, whose name I don’t want to publicize, responded to my post “The Most Perverse Kind of Pride.” The piece was about Hispanic gang members who targeted African Americans.

Rather than condemn the actions of the gang members, this reader praised them. The reason he endorses murder is because he hates blacks more than he does Hispanics. And yes, the n-word was unapologetically placed front and center in his tirade.

I have deleted his comment and, in a first for the Fanatic, banned him from the site.

I hesitated to give the idiot even this level of attention. But I decided to write about it just to point out that – despite the wishes, pleas, and outright demands of many people – we do not live in a postracial, harmonious world where ethnicity no longer matters.

There’s still a little way to go.


2 Responses to “An Unpleasant First”

  1. July 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Yes, most unpleasant, those kinds of comments, eh?

    As a British friend of mine used to say, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!”

    You write about important things; goodhearted people ARE listening.

  2. July 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    What a jerk, I had no idea. If I’d known or noticed, I would’ve thrown in… you know, have your back internet-style. So sorry.

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