Race Against Time
I realize the recent closures can be frustrating, but they have come as something of a last resort.
Basically, they are burning out our poor bedraggled moderators.
I hope it's clear that I very much want AbovePolitics.com
to be a place where members can discuss all the
tough issues, including race and racism.
However, something's not working here, and after several staff members made it clear there's a problem that needs solving, we closed several threads
in Social Issues
It's not terribly surprising that racism would lead to fiery exchanges, but I think we've gone past "fiery" and into "flaming", and it's not
doing anybody any good.
A Different Track
We've already tried several things, but they aren't working, and there is a strong sense among the staff that these threads are leading us in a
direction we don't want to go.
It's possible to discuss racism in a candid, civil and -- yes -- passionate manner, but right now things are looking way too much like the Secret
Societies forum used to look like, and that needs to change.
It's completely reasonable to protest the action we've taken, and I think the questions this thread raises are well-considered and valid.
So if you can help us find some good answers for them, I'd be most grateful.
As I told the mods: I'm open to ideas.
Well, except for one: maintaining the status quo.
That's not an option.
In the meantime, let's take a breather and devote some thought to how to bring the discussion up a few notches.
Again: I'm open to ideas.