a reply to: beezzer
How can you tell the difference between someone with a legitimate criticism and a person using a topic to promote their own personal bias?
Here are some good examples of that.
I agree with the OP completely, but I don't think "racism" is actually the only applicable term here. Time and time again, and more so recently, I
have seen this kind of thing going on...basically people being shown evidence that is contrary to their own personal bias openly attacking other
members not just about racial or ethnic issues, but everything
For example on a recent "killer cop" thread, the OP used false information to draw attention (whether this was purposeful or not, I don't know but
it was certainly irresponsible regardless) and within minutes had all these people freaking out, condemning all law enforcement (and anyone who
disagreed was referred to as "one of THEM") without ever having read either the article nor the responses from people who actually did
it, and viciously attacking those people solely based on hatred and their own one-sided view of things...and appallingly, purporting the suggestion of
extremely violent retaliation against all law enforcement when in reality, the truth was right in front of them...they just refused to see it.
The backlash against those of us trying to be the voice of reason was absolutely chilling, and even one of the mods jumped into the fray, screaming
"MURDER!" and inciting even more of a frenzy. There was even someone who said if his family was ever harmed by a cop, he would retaliate by
murdering said cop, and his entire family, and also murder any other officers who responded to the scene. The worst part was, the OP pulled the
article from one of those extremist anti-law enforcement sites and the information wasn't even accurate...
There was another one several days prior to that where I myself was openly attacked for pointing out discrepancies in the OP's sources and offering a
different explanation, seeing it from both sides of the story. I was labeled a "cop lover", (among other things) and the person saying these
hateful things took the thread completely off-topic and ran with it, citing bogus claims about the police involved and basically grasping at any straw
he could to try and be right, while spewing hate and ignorance at anyone who challenged his misguided, obsessive ranting. The venom and hatred was
practically dripping off the screen...
I am by no means a fragile little flower, and I am not one bit afraid to stand alone and fight for what I believe in, but this garbage was just over
the top. I have seen some legitimate stories of police brutality and agree that it is a huge problem, but when you have people suggesting getting
2000 people to go to an officer's home, beat him to death and write a message in his blood, and endanger the lives of other people in the process,
that takes things to a whole new level. There was even a member who stated that Anarchy was the only solution to the problem. The scariest thing is,
people might actually do
something like that...based on intolerance and blind hatred and nothing remotely resembling actual facts. The guy in
my second link there was stating that all coroners, cops, judges and the entirety of the sheriff's department had engaged in falsifying evidence and
a massive cover-up to exonerate this sheriff's deputy...even though it was investigated by the state, not the county of jurisdiction.
Then we have this little jewel, where a member posts about the tragic death of a small girl and the horrible abuse she suffered before finally being
brutally killed by her abuser, and at least two people took the fact that her ethnicity was mentioned as license to turn the thread into a huge
political issue and a vehicle for their own biased agenda. Thankfully in that one several people besides myself called them out on it and the subject
was dropped. But the seed was planted nonetheless...
So it isn't just "racism"; it is intolerance
...of race, of ethnicity, of vocation, of familial affiliation, social "status", among other
things...and the people who stir that pot are no better (and in some cases, worse
) than the people whom they are discriminating against in the
first place. What ever happened to denying ignorance? I didn't join this site for that kind of garbage, and I know many others didn't either. All
this kind of behavior does is keep people at each other's throats and promote violence and intolerance. I've been here for over two years and it
wasn't like this when I first signed up...and if it continues to escalate, I can't speak for others, but I certainly won't be coming back
S&F to the OP; very thoughtfully and well written post. Thank you