A selection of the editors’ favorite nauseatingly racist comments from our readers.
There’s this fairy tale Americans like to tell ourselves, that we as a nation have overcome the snarling, hateful racism of the past, and moved on to the subtler, quieter racism of the future. “Surely,” we reassure ourselves, “there aren’t still tons of people so outdatedly troglodytic in their worldviews that they will just come out and say that black people are all criminals. Certainly nobody in polite society would say that it’s more hateful to criticize racism than to openly endorse it. For goodness’ sake, people don’t consider being horribly bigoted an inalienable right and something to be proud of, do they? We’ve moved beyond that.”
This comforting delusion lasts exactly as long as it takes to moderate a comment thread on any large website.
We’ve got a fairly open comment policy here at the Good Men Project. Mostly we just ask that you refrain from being a hateful, bigoted troll. You really wouldn’t think that’d be too high a bar to clear, but every day, we get people who defiantly, even proudly refuse to meet so minimal a standard of civilization. Best of all, just lately we’ve been addressing racial issues a good deal, and let me tell you, nothing brings out the ugly underbelly of the id like racial issues. We’ve been deleting and banning stuff so nasty it’d make P.W. Botha embarrassed.
Our comment moderators work very hard, reading this stuff so that you don’t have to, but every so often, we worry that we’re insulating our readers from just how awful people can be, that we’re helping perpetuate that fairy tale about blatant racism being that thing we solved in the 60s. So let’s take a moment to have a look at why we should all be very grateful for comment moderation.
Below are a selection of some of the most… charming comments we’ve deleted in the last couple days. We’re not including the names because the sentiments are what’s important, and also because one day these folks might have a spiritual awakening, or at least we can hope.
“Why is it dangerous? Because propagating the idea that we should be afraid of black men, of black people in general, makes this world dangerous for innocent Americans, as gun-toting fear-motivated people (civilians and police alike) who think this is the Wild Wild West—shoot first, ask later—are going to keep killing innocent people.”
This is ignorant. Period. It is wildly dishonest. It is stupid and I would call it evil if the writer wasn’t clearly such a totalitarian fool. She is merely a clown. Earth to the writer: Large sections of America today are far more dangerous than the Wild West ever was. Open your eyes and your brain (if you have one) and look at the statistics. Young black men in the ‘hood are a danger to any whites they come in contact with. You can’t pretend this away. Why don’t you honestly respond to the below.
Here’s is challenge to all you white fashionably left wing mongers of guilt. You have gathered here (especially this writer) to show only contempt and angry intolerance for those who have the audacity to tell the truth. Why don’t you do-gooders who preposterously claim to know more about life than the rest of us actually go to a black neighborhood? Every major city has one; South Central, Bedford Stuyvesant, or 100′s more. Why don’t you wait until 9-10pm and then go for a walk alone or in a pair, unarmed of course, down the main street in the ‘hood. It’s a simple challenge. No police escorts please. You all know what will/would happen. That’s why you wouldn’t do it in a million years. You may be lying hypocrites here on an anonymous blog, but in real life you know the ugly reality.
If you took my challenge, it is certain you’d be accosted within minutes (two young black men asking “where you from, cracker?” – for example), there would be demands for money and, as is almost certain, you’d be forcibly robbed unless you could physically defend yourself. It happens every day. The reality is you’d be very lucky if you weren’t murdered. You all know this is how America “works” because you would never take the challenge. Your empty opinions are embarrassing. Yet no doubt you are offended by what I have written. Sorry, you all need to indulge in some serious self-criticism. You might start with figuring out why your “truth” doesn’t match real world life.
“Certain,” he says. “You all know,” he says. I think we all know it’s almost certain this guy lives in a gated community that just so happens to be whiter than a glass of milk, and he’s basing this absolute certainty on his own excited paranoid fantasies and a few old Charles Bronson movies.
“Let’s follow Weigel’s logic here: It’s okay if you say something, as long as you’re not the only one who feels that way…”
Let’s follow Schroeder’s logic here, if you can call it that:
It is not OK for an individual to say something if he is the only one that feels But if it remains unsaid how can anybody know if they are the only one that feels that way?
In that case, an individual can say something as long as other people feel that way. And it’s socially acceptable. And by socially acceptable that means acceptable to Joanna Schroeder and like minded people.
Good thing we have smart, open-minded liberals like Joanna Schroeder with lots of smart, open-minded friends to properly analyze everything for us and decide proper speech limits. If not chaos would ensue and people might start saying and writing what they actually think. And that would be double plus bad.
Oh, I’m definitely a conservative and probably a racist so just dismiss me out of hand. You know, all in the name of diversity and tolerance.
This is the old “You want to limit what people can say!” routine, which is always a lie. Nobody’s saying you can’t say horribly racist things in public. We’re saying we will hold you accountable for saying them, and criticize you for being a lousy person. What this guy is actually saying is “You want there to be consequences for my actions! How dare you?” They don’t just want to be openly racist, they want everyone else to agree to give them a free pass for it. And we won’t ’cause we’re mean.
Hatred is a bad thing, and there is way too much of it in our society. We need a firm clampdown on it. Starting with those appalling people who go around screaming “racist / sexist / (etc)” whenever someone says anything they dislike.
Okay, how about we just scream “racist” and “sexist” at things that are racist and sexist? Wait, no, we’re already doing that and you’re still whining.
Dear Joanna…must be nice to live in a warm, comfy cocoon of the politically correct where because you’re intellectually and morally superior you can always feel good about yourself. Wonder how you’d feel if, like some I know, you had been raped, sodomized and beaten to a pulp by black teenagers. That happens, you know, and almost never white on white, or white on black. Almost always black male teenager on white. You are a hypocrite because you won’t confront the issue since if you do, there’s no way to feel superior to those who have. Stop pandering to the real racists, Jackson, Wright, and Sharpton. They’re racists for a living.
Cherry-picking your data is one thing, cherry-picking it for vivid images of sodomy that you’re a little too enthusiastic about… that’s something else. Maybe you have some stuff you need to unpack, man.
As a black man, I wish like hell all you annoying white liberals would find something better to do than be offended on my behalf twelve hours a day.
It’s like, what? You want me to give you diversity points for how anti-racist you are?
God, black people don’t need you to defend them. We can take care of ourselves, Ms. White Lady.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that if this guy’s actually black, I’m Grandmaster Flash. Derbyshire himself talked about the importance of having a black friend so you can say “I’m not racist, I have a black friend and I assume he agrees with me!” But hey, this is the internet, where you can be your own black friend! Remember, on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog, but everyone can still tell you’re an idiot.
Derbyshire didn’t say what ‘conservatives’ actually believe, he said what everybody actually believes. His beliefs are not ‘bigoted,’ and ‘prejudicial’, they are reasonable. That is what no one wants to admit to; to be ‘prejudiced’ is to have an ‘unreasonable’ fear. His fears are entirely reasonable.
This whole thing got started when some black columnist spoke about ‘the talk’ black parents have to have with there kids, but that’s the problem isn’t it. There are no ‘black parents” only black moms. Derbyshire got fired because he mentioned out loud there there was an elephant in the living room, and all of us were outraged that he should mention it.
I was going to say something else sarcastic here, but I kinda threw up in my mouth a little instead. Wow. Let’s finish on a classy note, shall we?
Less time writing. More time consuming vast amounts of bull semen. Thanks.
Oh, internet. Never change. Stay gold, Ponyboy.
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Read the post that inspired this comment thread: Racist Writings: Should Derbyshire and Weigel Be Fired?