Opinion: Online anonymity is the new robe and hood of hatred
"With a few keystrokes, people have allowed the hate in their heart to reveal itself," Tangela Ekhoff writes.
April 17th, 2012
03:04 PM ET

Opinion: Online anonymity is the new robe and hood of hatred

Editor's Note: Tangela Ekhoff is an inspirational speaker and ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. She blogs about marriage, motherhood and life in Oklahoma at Homegirl on the Range, and has written for CNN's Belief blog.

By Tangela Ekhoff, Special to CNN

(CNN) - On a hot, steamy summer day, when I was 10 or 11, my mama and I rode downtown to do a little shopping. As we got off the bus, I looked up the street toward the Alabama capitol. In the distance, I could see a gathering of people. Glimmers of white dotted the crowd like cotton on the side of a dusty road.

After we finished, we got a couple of cold Cokes to go. My mother was uneasy that day.

"We need to hurry up and get home before something bad happens,” she said.

As we got on the bus and headed up the street, I could see more clearly. It was a Ku Klux Klan rally. I looked out the window and right outside the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Rev. Martin Luther King's voice became the sound of movement, there was a grown man and a little boy of maybe 5 or 6. They both wore matching white robes and hoods on their heads so you couldn't make out their faces. The little boy looked me square in the eye, gave me the finger, and screamed "Dirty N-–." The man patted the boy on the back and laughed out loud. This wasn't 1955. It was 1979 or 1980.

Mama put her thick mahogany arm around me, and tried to wipe the tears off my face. "I'm sorry, baby. Always remember they wear those hoods to hide their faces, but those robes don't hide their hearts. They're cowards." I looked up at my mother, and she was crying, too. I wasn't a little girl anymore. I was a little black girl in Montgomery, Alabama.

Not so long ago, racists had to work hard to spew their venom. They had to starch their robes, get in their trucks, and meet face-to-face with others who viciously hated minorities, gays, women, Jews, and even Catholics.

These days, cowards use the anonymity of computers as their robes and hoods of hatred. With a click of a mouse, you can witness a virtual cross-burning led by the guy in the next cubicle.

It's ironic to think that someone who posts about "lazy" blacks and Hispanics might be running a cyber-Klan meeting while on the clock. With a few keystrokes, people have allowed the hate in their heart to reveal itself by sharing, reposting, and curating images and words that are destructive to the very fabric of our nation.

The last few weeks have been frightening for me as a mother and as an African-American. I had just begun to wrap my brain around the senseless shooting of Trayvon Martin. This past weekend, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I now live, two men have been accused of going on a rampage, apparently targeting and shooting men for just being black. One of the assailants took to his Facebook page before the murders to hurl epithets and threats. As a mother, it makes me worry what kind of America my sons will inherit.

Online, I have seen my social media pages erupt into a digital uncivil war. The Mason-Dixon line is no longer a physical place; it's a state of mind. Some of my virtual friends have used these tragic situations as an opportunity to let their inner racist roam free. I am appalled at what some have posted and reposted.

I am not proud of the way some African-Americans have used social media in the aftermath of Martin’s death and since the Tulsa shootings. Demanding justice is understandable and necessary; demanding blood is wrong. As a community, African-Americans need to take a good hard look at the images, ideas and actions that we are projecting to the world. It's painful to hear, but until we start seeing the value of our own lives, no one else will.

Many of the people spreading hate online call themselves Christians - just check their profiles. Sadly, many of these Christians feel that Jesus loves only people who look like them, talk like them, act like and live like them. Perhaps, it’s the stained glass image of a blonde, blue-eyed Jesus that gives people license to use Him to shepherd their digital racism. The truth is Jesus was a Jew. Jesus was a minority. The true picture of Jesus in the New Testament is one painted by his character: kind, forgiving, loving and healing.

Around the holiest time of the Christian year, the time of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we should all stop to think of his amazing grace. Are you worshiping a Jesus who only loves some people, or are you worshiping a Jesus who died for all of our sins?

America needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting about race. It's a conversation that has to happen, if we are going to move forward. It is a conversation that should come from a place of healing and honesty, not anger and hate. As the mother of two young sons, I pray we work this out in their lifetime.

Although my own mother came of age in an Alabama that was segregated and defined by vehement hatred of blacks, she never harbored any ill will toward white people. She loved my husband, who is white, just as dearly as she loved her own sons. She lived long enough to vote for the first African-American president, and she believed our country was moving forward. Pancreatic cancer stole my mama last year, but the lessons she taught me about treating every person as a child of God will stay with me forever. I hope to pass this legacy of compassion on to my own children.

We should take a moment to think before we click. Would Jesus of Nazareth "like" an image or message that you are about to share, or would your Lord and personal savior un-friend you for spreading hatred of your brother or sister? Would Jesus read the comments section and be proud that you call him Master?

The opinions expressed are solely those of Tangela Ekhoff.

soundoff (924 Responses)
  1. GrouchyKat

    I think the question is not "does online anonymity" = "hate speech", but rather "does non-PC speech" = "hate speech". With the Trayvon Martin case, we saw the black community rise up along with the majority of the left wing in this country and start screaming for "justice". When anyone dared to argue with the politically correct thing to do, i.e. scream for Zimmerman's capture and arrest, the person was immediately called a hater. And with that came the vitriol that the hater is just as bad as Zimmerman or worse. Where was the civility if you didn't agree? It simply wasn't there.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      So the man with a smoking gun in his hand, standing over a dead unarmed teenager, is obviously innocent to you?

      I'm glad you're not a judge.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      There was no justifiable reason to NOT investigate a killing simply based on the good word of the person holding the gun. I guarantee that if the Sanford PD had come upon the same scene in reverse and Trayvon was holding the gun there would be an arrest and a possible beating along the way, assuming he wasn't just shot on the spot.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. dzerres

    The solution is easy: no anonymity on the internet. You have to somehow pay with a credit card or an account – that's the only name that should show up on postings. If these racists would see their names out there in cyberspace along with their hateful speech most, not all, would cool it.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. noodlehead

    Well spoken, Tangela! Your mama would have been proud. It's time to put prejudices aside....all of us..... no limits.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • WhatNow

      It's nice to see a positive comment. Lots of comments on this site are actually proving her point.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. denroy

    Maybe if some of these people thought for a minute about the roots of the 'racism' – very much founded in reality in terms of work, familty and cultural life – they might be able to start to do somethign about it. But that would be too hard – much easier just to blame racismn and stay in line for your handouts isnt it?

    April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • rah


      April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      So tell us about the 'roots of racism' since you've been thinking about them.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. WhatNow

    We teach reading and writing in school. We need to teach critical thinking, starting at an early age. People need to know that tidbits of propaganda, editorials, certain "news" shows and information that is not researched may not be true. Just because you agree with the opinions of another, doesn't make that opinion a fact. Somewhere along the line, it became the norm to just believe whatever we wanted with no regard for truth.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    It's simple, don't get baited by trolls..... There's rarely any personal association with anyone on the 'net, so don't feel obligated to be personally offended by someone who isn't audacious enough to say it to your face and get into a row with them. The more bitter and offensive the post, the more the need for that poster for attention. Acknowledging them would be like giving a shot to an alcoholic. As far as people being offended sharing their anguish on the 'net, pop quiz, not everything's about you. Both sides – whether it's trying to be the most shocking by posting the most offensive content anonymously or identifying oneself and pouring out one's emotions in public – have an element of a narcissism to it. Maybe these individuals should spend less time logged on and more time on a shrink's couch.....

    April 18, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Don't feed trolls, but on the other hand, they often feed each other, which is the point of the article. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away; the whole problem is that our love of "freedom" and "independence" ignores our need for social contact. Most of the trolls are lonely cowards, but so are serial killers.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. emma

    Why assume everyone who is racist is 'ignorant'? Consider the possibility that some peoples' dislike of others is based on experience: I would have died 30 years ago to think the things I do today but I cannot ignore the horrible way some people behave and treat others and call it their 'culture'. Yes, I am talking about Arabs, and not the terrorist-stereotype-Arab but the everyday ones why push in front of women in line for public transport and bank machines and shout at them that they are wh0res when they object but then harass the same white women who live as singles in the same apartment building, and the women in hijab that do not even acknowledge you much less thank you when you hold a door for them and their baby stroller or looked pained to have to serve you in a shop or treat you like dirt if you are serving them in a shop. How about when an entire segment of society, one culture, have made themselves heinous to you? Is it wrong then to not want to be near them or want them around? What about when your dislike/hatred/racism is learned and not a 'prejudice' which implys it is pre-judged and based on no knowledge whatsoever?
    What if they are the one who have taught you to hate by being hateful?

    April 18, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Republican

    Yo Rick, did you even read the article? It was about people like you who have no compassion for those victimized by hate. Be a man. Rick.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. rah

    Never seen Jesus depicted with blonde hair and rarely have I seen him with blue eyes. Just saying.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • jbcal

      Just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean they're not out there. Just saying.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
      • rah

        what do you mean "they"? Jesus Christ is regarded as a figure that actually existed in the flesh at one point in time. He's not some mythological being whose physical image transforms to match different individuals. Show me a blonde haired, blue eyed Jesus on any stained glass portrayal. BTW the stained glass is a reference to where you'd see Jesus in church, not some random picture a kid made to post on the internet. Just saying.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

      Well, Jesus is usually depicted as a skinny, white man with long hair.

      If Jesus did exist, he was not skinny. He was a carpenter who had to carry one section of the huge and heavy crossbeams. Skinny doesn't seem like an apt descrption of someone like that. He was Middle Eastern so his skin was probably like what you would see around that region now. Also, if I recall correctly the tribe his line came through did not have long hair.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. A

    This online "hood and robe" is not limited in color. I read a lot of hateful speech against whites as well. Rarely does the media sensationalize racial hate crimes directed against whites the way they day when it's a white perpetrating the crime. How about the Trayvon/Zimmerman case? As soon as it was revealed the Zimmerman was hispanic, he became a "white hispanic" in all the news articles.

    I have no tolerance for any forms of racial hate. I guess it's because I've had that hate shouted right in my face much the way the author did as a little girl, only no one was hiding beneath a sheet. Except I'm white, so no one cares, not then or now.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • independentlyowned

      I'll agree that many people of color have harsh feelings towards whites, but in all honesty, can you blame them? Looking not only at our history, but how things are currently in the ways in which we benefit more than they do in almost every aspect of society, can you really blame them for being angry?

      Case in point: My white b/f applied for jobs in the finance industry after college, and was denied one interview because he had been arrested once in high school. The company didn't care why. 2nd interview he applied for he got, and he explained away that he was simply in the car of a friend who was smoking pot (mind you, he was high as a kite, but it just wasn't in the police report, he was just guilty by association). He's been at that job for the last 6 years and gotten multiple promotions. Now, how do you think a black man with a drug record would be treated in a job interview? I'll tell you: multiple studies show that even blacks WITHOUT criminal records are more likely to be called back for interviews than whites WITH criminal records. So yea... if I were black, I'd be mad.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • emma

        You are basically saying that racism is justified for some but unacceptable from others.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Emma that seems to be the message from black leaders. When is the last time you saw any of them speaking or marching for the civil rights of other races? MLK would be ashamed of the current black leader ship.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • SAK_ATAK

      if i could like this i would

      April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. CC

    Seems to me that people are more then happy to be offended by things. They just wait it the back ground then scream bloody murder on the most mundane issues. Not everyone thinks the same. Not every has to or will like you, get over it.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. pffffffffttt

    While I do not condone the actions of Mr. Zimmerman, the media has turned this into a big mess. No one considers the fact that Trevon was assaulting him before he was shot.
    Also, what about all of the white people who are killed by black people every day? Gee, why don't I hear about these stories? Why are there no massive protests in the streets about these people? Why can a black person get away with using white racial slurs but if a white person even comes close to dropping a black slur, its the end of the world?

    April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      The issue is not the murder. The issue is that the police found a man with a smoking gun standing over the body of a dead teenager and did nothing. That is the issue.

      The courts can settle the murder and determine what should be done.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew

        An UNARMED dead teenager.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Mr. Phil

        Unarmed? He had arms alright. And he used them to pound Zimmerman's head into the pavement.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • USMCvet

      Fact huh. You were there.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jmacq1

      Please cite sources for the "whites that are being killed by blacks EVERY DAY." Further, provide proof that these crimes are actually driven by racial hatred, and not by poverty, drug-related issues, or desperation. Also explain whether or not these crimes are investigated by the police, and perpetrators arrested and tried.

      That's the difference these ignoramuses don't seem to understand: Whites still hold the VAST majority of political and economic power in the US, and are still the largest single ethnic group by a fairly wide margin.

      There is no epidemic of black-on-white violence (or if their is, it's SO well covered up that the FBI is completely unaware of it), but a lot of people seem to think we're killing each other in droves.

      The other thing everyone seems to forget is that the reason the Travon Martin case became an issue is because the police were basically refusing to conduct any sort of investigation. It wasn't simply that a "white guy killed a black kid." It was "A white guy killed a black kid, and because the guy was white (or at least non-black) and the kid was black, the police were ready, willing, and eager to turn a blind eye until it blew up in their face."

      April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Elizabeth

        Two wrongs don't make a right, but you have a very good point. The lack of balance in justice is most of the problem. The author of the article also points out that, for those who call themselves Christians, love should be the first thing on our minds and the last thing on our minds. America has far too much crime (by all races), which means that we must teach more than "freedom" and "independence," but also "love" and "interdependence."

        April 18, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. smartaz

    Who cares if people on the internet are being racist? Most don't even leave their parents' basement anyway.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. TracyGiggles

    Ander Breivik's video is the most important video you'll see in the last 3 years. CNN is the exact indoctrinating propaganda he spoke out against. You don't have to agree or support what he did, but his message holds many truth's.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Well it certainly seems to attract racists like flies to sh!t.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Elizabeth

        When the trolls feed each other, there is a real problem.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew

    These forums would be a lot different if people were only allowed to use their fbook accounts to post, and everything they posted here got posted on their wall as well. Too many cowards hiding behind anonymous posting. Ask yourself if you would hear these racist pr1cks spew their drivel in a face to face public forum, the answer is no, they are cowards.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      That is a major negative of anonymity. On the other hand, without anonymity honesty loses out since most people have to deal with family, co-workers and bosses that may not agree with their views and may well hold them against them. I'm not talking about race, though there are many people that work for racists and would be discriminated against if the supported writers like the one above. But also politics and religion, etc.

      Many liberal people live and work with more "conservative" types and would never risk writing their true beliefs if they would become publicly identifiable. Not an ideal situation, but it will always be a reality.
      Anonymity frees EVERYONE, racists and liberals equally.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      Facebook? I don't know anyone over 16 who has a facebook account

      April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
      • CC

        Why are you friends with 16 year olds?

        April 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
      • crazypete

        The latest demographics show over 80% of the people with facebook accounts are over 16. Maybe you just have no friends.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

        When Facebook first came out, it was for college students only. Then it expanded with work networks. How many 16 year olds are in college or the workforce?

        April 18, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Comparing the stuff that racists post here to liberal venting is apples and oranges my friend. And if you have beliefs that would scare or turn away friends and acquaintances, aren't you just being false by not letting them know how you really feel about issues?

      April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Rekenstrana's Homunculus

        "And if you have beliefs that would scare or turn away friends and acquaintances, aren't you just being false by not letting them know how you really feel about issues?"

        Not necessarily being false. Unfortunately, people hold things against others – sometimes they don't even realize they're doing it. Anonymity is the only way to voice your opinion without being judged by those close to you, and those you have to work closely with. There's nefarious about that, my friend, although there are people who do hide behind anonymity in order to spew venom. If that's the price of voicing your opinion, then I'll gladly take it.

        I find it hard to believe you don't have anything to hide...why don't you give us your full name, place of work and where you live...

        April 18, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Rekenstrana's Homunculus

        Edit: "There's NOTHING nefarious about that, my friend..."

        April 18, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • MarkinFL

        I happen to like getting along with others and though I can get along with people I disagree with, some of them have demonstrated the inability to do the same. So I keep some of my opinions to myself in the workplace and among certain relatives. If I decide to share an opinion or make a comment on a public matter, I rather like having the ability to do so without everyone I know reading it.
        Most people here do not know me so my name is irrelevant to them.
        So I'll take my anonymity and deal with everyone else's anonymity as well.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  16. El Flaco

    Anonymity and privacy are two completely different concepts.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • crazypete

      Sigh. No they are not. Privacy and atomic orbitals are two completely different concepts (and even then one could construct a connection). Privacy and anonymity are two related concepts.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Sarcastro

    It's disgusting behavior to troll around and say racist comments online.

    But it's a far cry from hatred. It's immature brats trying and failing to be funny- not hatred.

    Smack talking online is just people being able to talk without consequences. Whether it's talking about how 'noobs' on Diablo III deserve to die and are inferior human beings simply because their Wizard doesn't hit as hard as my Paladin, ormaking fun of someone's race- it's not actually heart felt believed sentiments.

    Relax- not everything is Hate.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DP

      Actions are hateful when they are demeaning. Giving yourself a bunch of exceptions because of the culture around you is just your own rationalization. Break the habit of making excuses and focus on right actions.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jim

    Anonymous speech IS free speech. The first amendment is specifically designed to protect speech that we don't like. Things that provoke and offend. Free speech is far too important to give up over a few hurt feelings.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarcastro

      Exactly. And it's simply up to the good and decent people out there to make sure that the stupid, ignorant, filthy stuff is shunned and not given any sort of credibility.

      Some idiot has every right to talk about how much they hate Jews, for example. And I have every right to think they are a complete and utter moron and refuse to associate them for saying such vile stuff. In the end the racist morons get nowhere. It's certianly not worth killing free speech over.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarcastro

      This is why I'm switching from pipes to tubes for my internets.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      Anonymous speech and free speech are two completely different concepts.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
      • CC

        I wouldn't say completely different. One could argue that you can only get true free speech trough anonymous speech.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. Simple Caveman Lawyer

    This internet scares me. I just do not understand it. Strange things keep appearing in front of me but my simple caveman brain cannot process them.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. crazypete

    Nowhere did the author (opinion piece by the way, so it was the author, NOT CNN) express the desire to remove online anonymity. She was simply pointing out that she does not approve of how people are using it and the effect that it has. Just because I do not like drive by shootings doesn't mean I want to ban cars. Basic logic and reading comprehension ohbrother, it is really not as hard as you may think.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  21. steveo

    People take the internet, and themselves, way too seriously.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. Drew

    Privacy is a right, but as soon as you decide to speak you should be held accountable for what you say. YOu all are a bunch of cowards

    April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dave

    The new racism is denying racism. So Blacks are 30 times more likely to be racist. And where was this analysis done...in your dreams? Blacks have fought tooth and nail for their rights in this country. We are the only Americans that had to fight for the right to be treated equally. No other race or group of people in this country have been treated with the indignity of Blacks. So your statement holds no weight.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

      Back in World War II, Asian people were pretty well discriminated against.
      Even today, we still see inequality toward women.
      Gay people are not treated equally either.

      Sure, maybe the level of treatment is not the same but to say that blacks are the only ones who had to fight for their rights is ignorant at best.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  24. GFM1060

    With the current day demorats that have to have welfare because they are so mistreated and a dictator wantabe president, fire has to fought with fire.

    April 18, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      I'm dying from laughing. Someone who says "your" when they mean "you're" clearly is a six figure income individual.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • crazypete

      I think you mean president wantabe dictator. If he was already a dictator there would be no upcoming elections, and he would not be the president. Again, basic logic courses need to be mandatory. Critical thinking is a rare beast indeed. Congratulations on lowering the bar once again.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jmacq1

    The reason it's not a story is because, assuming your presentation of the story is true, the police are investigating. The whole point behind the outrage in the Trayvon Martin case was that the police DIDN'T investigate. They basically tried to sweep the whole thing under the rug.

    But that little fact seems to be getting lost in the shuffle every time one of these ignoramuses pipes up with an example of black-on-white crime and takes mock-umbrage that it's not getting the same amount of news coverage as the Trayvon Martin case.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @ Jmac
      >The whole point behind the outrage in the Trayvon Martin case was that the police DIDN'T investigate.
      This is factual wrong. The police did investigate (twice) and both times came to the conclusion an arrest was needed. The first time being over ruled by the DA who wanted more information (not a bad thing) before ruining someone’s life. The REAL point behind this case is the victim hood that blacks where so fervently. The rage at the ‘white’ guy (who isn’t white, but that fact seems to get lost in the shuffle) sh0t a black man supporting their view. AH HA! Proof!
      P.s. Who are you to say his ‘umbrage” is any less justified than yours regarding the Martin case?
      Double standard or ‘reverse racism?

      April 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Apathetic

      Except what you are forgetting that, unlike Martin, this was over 5 blacks beating up, VIDEO TAPING, and posting on the internet what they are doing. They are laughing, insulting, taking pleasure in what they are doing. So yes, it should get as much coverage....but that does not pay the bills I suppose.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. ohbehave

    Well, let's not refer purely to "white sheets". Notice also the rampant posts characterizing white people as pedophiles.
    Nevertheless, there is a new kind of racism that is brewing. It isn't a hate of skin color at all.
    I'd say that most everyone loves to see blacks who manage to join the ranks of chemists, physicists, and biologists. It is, in fact, a celebrated event. We love to see a black man caring for a child... or staying with his woman and treating her with respect.
    However, the new "racism" (if I should even use that word) arises from a kind of reality that is upseting. The war-like violence from within the community, the mother and child abandonment by the community, the abandonment of education, and the celebration of all things "thug" (and then, at the same time, shouting "racism!" if anyone else mentions it!).
    These are the things that worry people. I wouldn't call it hate. There is certainly a degree of fear... fear of violence... fear of a people who seem to have a permanent chip on their shoulder expecting that all others should tread carefully around their sensitivities.
    This is upsetting to people. Racism? Perhaps there is a better word.
    Those with "white sheets" hated blacks due to skin color and dogma. But the "white sheets"... and the random BS comments found on the internet are not the problem. The KKK could march 24/7 around black neighborhoods burning crosses and shouting racist slogans and never DREAM of doing the damage that blacks are doing to themselves.
    The KKK is not the problem, internet fools are not the problem, Zimmerman is not the problem.... racism (wherever you can find it these days) is not the problem. Not anymore... and hasn't been in a loooooong time.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      "Notice also the rampant posts characterizing white people as pedophiles." I've seen none whatsoever

      April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Denial of racism is the hallmark of the modern bigot.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Victim politics is the new get out of free jail card.

        Stating that someone who doesn’t buy into the ‘hateful white man’ rhetoric is a bigot is the new prejudice.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
      • JuneCleaversBeaver

        Playing the race card at every opportunity is evidence of the desire to continue racism as long as it benefits one personally.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
      • ohbehave

        Really? "denial of racism" is now the new "hallmark of racism"?
        Doesn't sound too bad.
        So someone who denies that they dislikes my race, then, is a racist?
        Cool logic.
        Man... there are tons of Americans who WANT to believe that racism is the big deal.
        We are positively addicted to the "racist nation!" narrative.
        No doubt

        April 18, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Oh yeah.

      A "few" comments on the internet?


      Not funny, but the idea that you think anyone believes that is quite laughable.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Living Injustice DAILY

      I have to say I find it remarkable that ohbehave is so concerned about Black people being violent with each other, I sense the concern is bogus. Yet on the other hand see's no problem with Trayvon Martin and many, many other Blacks being killed for walking down the sidewalk. If that's not racism, then I've never seen it, and I grew up in Alabama so I know it when I see it. I've seen the men in hoods up close and personal in 1979. I think you are right about something...it's not about the KKK, it's about people like you who go along and agree with other people being abused, discriminated against, and killed, YOU obviously think that treating people as second class citizens is OK. I really don't hold any hope for those who have been taught, as that little boy at the KKK rally was taught, to hate people you don't even know who have done absolutely NOTHING to you except exist. It's shameful, disgusting, and just plain sinful. One thing for sure, Black people have never gone around burning crosses in White peoples yard, hanging them from trees, or shooting them for walking down the sidewalk or celebrating the people who do. Yes I would say Black people have lots of reasons to complain, be fearful, mad, and to hate. We're the ones being victimized and YOU are afraid of US...seriously. But guess what...we still try to get along with those who despise us. All we want is the same respect that everyone else demands. If you can't get along with us because you choose not to, then please just leave us alone is all we require.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jmacq1

    The classic refrains of the internet racist:

    "The other races are way more racist than me! It's not fair that they get be racist and I don't!"


    "The other races are taking away my rights!!!"

    April 18, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. Kent Mills

    Anyone doubting the veracity of this story should just hop over to foxnews.com and read the comments section of any article remotely about race (including those about the President). Then come back and deny this is an issue.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ohbehave

      The internet bravado and racist comments from all stripes is not keeping anyone down.
      INDIVIDUALS will dislike a person for all kinds of bad reasons. Race is only one POSSIBLE reason.
      The government can't do anything about that.
      CONTENT OF CHARACTER, however, does MUCH to fix problems.
      Asians began as a despised race/nationality here in the US...especially during and shortly after WWII.
      However they very quickly proved themselves to be kind, polite, civil, cared for their children, and focused on being skilled/educated and productive. And they did this without public assistance, special accommodations, and without a chip on their shoulder. They did not demand respect. They earned it. In fact, they appear to have risen above the standards set by our culture!
      As far as I'm concerned, if an asian family moves into the neighborhood, property values INCREASE.
      So, skin color, eye shape, hair color and hoodies are no longer an issue.
      I do understand that many people want to keep the "racist america!" narrative alive and well.
      When Obama was elected, I was shocked at the number of articles screaming, "yes.. Obama won... but racism lives!... let's not give up on that belief! (please?)"

      April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Drew

        Systemic racism is directed solely at minorities

        April 18, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son


        April 18, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Kent Mills

        Oh for god's sake, don't hand me that. I am a middle aged white souther male. Because I am considered an 'insider', I am privy first-hand to blatant racism. Again, all done in private, but real, nevertheless. I do not have to keep the narrative alive – IT IS.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        @Kent Mills
        Then you need better friends Kent. I am also a southern male (not a h!ck, I work for a major bank) and I don’t see this racism among my friends or family. On the other hand I have been called a cra.cker more times than I can remember.

        I’m still waiting for the source of Drew’s systemic racism. And Drew.. while you are scouring the net for some shred of proof to support your claim G0ogle affirmative action.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Kent Mills

        @TomTom ... I do have better friends. Those that hold the beliefs being discussed here are just people I run across. And there are plenty of them. If you truly have insulated yourself enough to where you do not see this, then congratulations. If you see it, but deny it, shame on you. But whether you see or deny it makes no difference – it is a fact.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        @ Kent Mills
        So wait… You just run across people that consider you an ‘insider’ and toss around racial slurs, concepts and their plot to take back the south right? If by insulating you mean I have a high standard for those who I surround myself with..then sure why not. Because clearly I have to be living in a bubble or denying it. It couldn’t possibly be that my experience is just different than yours. Maybe I just don't live close enough to the trailer park.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
      • sarahsmart

        @ TOM are You implying that because you have not 'seen' or experienced racism it does not exist? LOL!!!!

        April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Kent Mills

        @ TomTom . . . yep that settles it. Since you don't see it, it must not exist.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. SDG is Tarded

    If you want to stop racism, stop making declarative statements that are born of your ignorant opinion. 30 times more? I am so glad we have fine measured folks like you doing the metrics of racism...Care to provide the math you sack of filth?

    April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  30. Jamey Shoopak

    If a racist takes a dump in the woods, will anyone hear him grunt? Tune it out folks and stop complaining about a cowardly stranger who will never make himself known, even as he smiles and passes you by in the grocery aisle. This reminds me of the movie "serial mom"...it's always the person you least expect, and thats entirely the point. It gives them a more perverse pleasure to walk among you, shake your hand, teach your kids, be your neighbor and then harrass you in the dank dark of their laura ashley strewn living room.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonquil

      I understand what you're saying - the racists' abuse doesn't even deserve acknowledgement - but I wonder how it must feel, to click onto a news page, posted for The General Public, knowing that if you scroll down to the comments section, it might be like virtually walking through a line of people screaming slurs and racist insults at you, throwing violence and rotten garbage.

      When that happens to white people, online, most consider it expressed extremism; that the individual must be a fundamentalist. When it happens to people who are black, others join-in and attempt to justify it with logic and fuzzy statistics that are often not applicable, in context.

      And you can see the digressions of prejudice, working in some people's minds - the way they can travel from any story, back to their prejudice. I suppose, it's like seeing someone behave like that in public; do we walk by quietly and ignore it or do we carefully confront them and say "this is wrong"?

      April 18, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
      • madcow11

        Well said, Jonquil.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Nice straw man. You start by implying it only happens to ‘others’ then you turn around and say it happens to ‘us’ as well. Then you top it off with a classic theist twist. You try to deny what is right there in black and white (no pun intended) by claiming it’s out of context which really is just your interpretation.
        So I leave you with two points.
        One.. not everyone that disagrees with you is a racist.
        Two.. when people stop pulling the race card to justify their behavior or lack of achievement then maybe more people would listen when it discussed.

        The boy who cried wolf has only himself to blame.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • sarahsmart

        Ohhh like 'What would you do?' Love that show! Great comment Jonquil

        April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        What would I do, about what? Complete sentences please sarahsnotsmart.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Frankly, this is an improvement over the old overt racism. The online cowards have nowhere else to vent there impotent hatred since they have slowly and inexorably become socially unacceptable.
      These are the people that have so little going for them that they have to depend on the color of their skin to feel superior to anyone. How much lower can you get? These are the pitiful, sad people of our culture. By spewing their drivel here, they remind the rest of us that racism is alive and kicking, no matter how much the racists try to pretend it does not exist.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. Morton

    I think half of the idiots who spew filth online are not racist, but rather immature, bored, uneducated and full of anger at their own lives. I am not saying it is not a bad thing or that it does not hurt but how serious do you take a coward online even if you are the target. It's not like anything they say is actually new. It is just more immediate, and even more cowardly. It actually makes me respect openly racist people. At least they wear their belief system openly.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Stinson

      The only difference between insulting people online versus in person, is that after you insult someone online you don't have to worry about them beating you up. Just like, you wouldn't walk up to a mormon in real life and call him an imbecile for believing that slaves only a slave in heaven. It just wouldn't go over well.

      April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Morton

        #1 – I would never call a Mormon an imbecile, as I am one.

        #2 – I have had plenty of open disagreements with jews, catholics and atheists without fighting them or acting like a dingleberry. In fact, I have continued being their friend. Remember when people could agree to disagree without being jerks?

        April 18, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Agreed. Morton.
        I’ve heard Stinson type of argument before and it just doesn’t hold weight in the real world. By and large most arguments do no end in fights. It also rests on the idea there is only one person making an offending statement or “being in the wrong”. And that said person would not or could not back up (defend) themselves if the offended part resorted to violence. In short… this argument is nothing more than what they calm to be against. More “big talk” from anonymous people on the internet. After all.. it takes a real tough guy to call someone a coward over the web.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  32. Drew

    Citation needed

    April 18, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  33. WASP

    what most people fail to notice is "race" doesn't exist. it's a stupid man-made term designed to seperate one group from another. humans are very good at labeling things to put them into certain groups. i have some groupings for people......human, brothers, sisters, mother, father. we are born a certain pigment and that is due to nature, humans made race so we can unmake race. i think i would like to see that kind of campaign with a huge bannor saying "unmake race" a race implies a competi.tion, we don't compete against each other, we should be competeing to help each other. it saddens me that the first thing the media grabbed was on the pigmentation difference between trayvon and zimmerman, instead of trying to get real facts about the events that night. media has become a source of hate and instigation, it inflames instead of educating and informing as their job is. i only watch the news now for the weather...even then i just check it on the internet because i'm sick of seeing this or that being twisted for ratings. the more the media pokes the country with that hot iron knowing it will draw more people to buy newspapers and get them in seats to watch the "news". it is very sad when ANY life is loss due to a careless or violent act. i see so much of this happening and the media grabs onto the topics the get people angry instead of being truthful and saying a 12 year old girl lost her life as two violent gang members(that obviously can't aim) took shots at each other from opposite sides of the street. the gang members survived unharmed however she died. or how about reporting about the guy working two jobs to support his family being shot in a corner store over $50. it's not about race people because it doesn't exist, it's about stupid people doing stupid things and the media spinning it to light this powder keg called america. well let me ask you "media" you going to step up and report true news or are you going to continue to light that fuss until you get to see your country burn? i wish everyone out there in internetville and safe and long life. 🙂

    (if you see things how i do spread this along, push for more accountibility in our media networks and less spinning to excite and inrage the american population.)

    April 18, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      I agree in large part, but one quibble with your opening argument: race exists as long as people think it does. You need only peruse the comments section to see that racism is alive and well, and as such must be aggressively combatted

      April 18, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
      • WASP

        @drew: you said it correctly. america can't seperate let go of giving people a label. i'm human and i label i just choose different labels. why is it we can look at birds and admire them for their various pigments to their feathers, but we can't admire our own species for it's various in pigments? i find it amazing being on the subway and seeing how different everyone in the traincar looks. it makes me smile. again humans made race humans can unmake race.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Woohoohoo!

        And heck, why give up race definitions when being labeled as one race gives you carte blanche to justify why your entire culture is screwed four ways to Sunday? If I could say "it's the white man's fault" I would claim to be a minority too!

        Question though......since whites are going to BE the minority soon according to the latest Census.....how long until we can say it's the black man's fault? Wait...cancel that question...it will be the hispanics fault. Cause we all know stuff ain't going to change anywheres else.

        Bank on it.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        One large issue many of the ‘anti-racists’ seem to overlook, dismiss or outright deny is that racism in America isn’t only directed at blacks. The first ones to pull the race card are the last ones to acknowledge it happens to others outside their race. WHEN that happens give me a call.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • PirateX

      Race is just another term for species. You would not look at a poodle and say its identical to a bulldog. Yes, they are both dogs, they can interbreed, etc. but there are clearly differences. We don't use the term species to refer to humans because we've developed a holier-than-thou mentality that we are somehow different from every other animal on Earth, but we are not. There are differences between various races, but that does not necessarily mean one is better or worse than any other.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  34. Heresthething

    I agree that often people troll and they hide behind anonymity so that they do not have to be accountable for the words they spew.

    I also, however, believe that anonymity is an equalizer. In such a world, there are no credentials. Your face doesn't matter. You are free to voice an opinion or idea and test its strength in the face of the onslaught and perhaps even learn that you are not alone in your belief. You are free to throw down the gauntlet before the social dogma of an arrogant age. You can challenge core assumptions without being told to sit down and mind your place. In the end, I think it has taken the white out of the sheet with a lot of people even as it has given a platform to those who don't want to give it up.

    People can talk about black and white but when the sun goes down, there is still Boo Radley. There is still that Other at whose door we throw rocks because we do not understand.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  35. TRUTH

    Anders Breivik's video was spot on.I don't support what he did, but I completely get why he was angry.Muslims over there, blacks over here...same tactics.Both use shame as a weapon.I will never cave.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  36. AlienShark

    I have witnessed, and argued against a signifigant amount of CNN comment posters expressing hatred towards Blacks, Spanish, Jews and Muslims. I think that these posters grew up watching their daddies who would dress up in their mommas bed sheets and today their progeny hides in dark little rooms of their trailers, sitting on bean bag furniture spewing their hatred behind a computer screen because they are too cowardly to go out into the real world with these views, but then again they are only slightly more pathetic than their daddies and grandpappys who could only go outside in large numbers dressin in bed sheets. May their daughters marry African American, Jew and Latinos Muslims who make them happy and treat them well and may they have many righteous children.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • AlienShark

      However, at the same time CNN and the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are blood sucking leaches off society, ambulance chasers. Martin Luther King and Malcom X would be completely disgusted with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson running around trying to get their faces in the newspaper every time some poor kid gets shot or something.

      April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
      • granny dolly

        would there have been a charge in this shooting had there not been a marching?

        April 18, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • angryersmell

      Hey! HEY! Let's leave bean bag furniture out of this.

      April 18, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
      • AlienShark

        bean bag furniture is totally fine, as long as it is not being used in a trailer by the inbred son of a klansmen as a resting place to spew hatred.

        April 18, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • AlienShark

      wow, internet tough guy! you scared me for a second. You should probably kick the TV a couple of times and put the antennae on top of the coffee pot, Isn't NASCAR or Dukes of Hazard on. Just to let you know though killer, I am white and I have been to more Slayer concerts than you and all your little klan buddies together. have fun with your kool aid!

      April 18, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. purpledrink

    I actually feel as though I've lost brain cells after reading this.Wow.What's happened to CNN ? Why am I on here ? Adios.This network is beat.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  38. jim

    Hate yourself if your white or your a bigot?

    April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  39. jim

    Being broke has no color.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  40. Drew

    I'm sorry, but if this article doesn't move you on some human level, you have no heart

    April 18, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  41. crimson

    CNN blaming whites again.Business as usual.Guess that's why their ratings are in the toilet.LOL.More people watch M.A.SH. reruns.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Blaming whites? How so?

      April 18, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  42. EndWhiteGuilt

    I refuse to apologise for being white.I'm proud of my race and heritage.If this makes me racist, then so be it.I refuse to be held hostage with the left's agenda anymore.The guilt ridden whites don't represent me or my race.They should all move to another country.They are sellouts who aren't needed.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Did the author ask you to apologize? She just asked you not to be a bigot, is that so hard?

      April 18, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Piffle. Racism is quite real as shown by your post. Yet, I feel no personal guilt. I also do not have any "pride" in my race. Nor do I have shame. My race is human. I happen to be white. Who cares?

      April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  43. b d

    She got what she wanted, she is probably going to have regular pieces on can.. even though her argument is tremendously fallacious

    April 18, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      fallacious how?

      April 18, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  44. AbbieR

    What a load of foolishness. "Everyone" doesn't think anything like that. And of course white people aren't racist against their "own kind" – poor white trash, trailer trash, hillbillies, backwoods rednecks, white punks and I don't even know all the names whites give their "own kind" that they look down on. People of ANY color seem to need someone to look down on; I'm guessing that negative behaviors have more to do with disrespect than race.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  45. mf

    Obama is president and we're talking about race in America? Anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Get over it already. This whole Tray Martin stuff is being dragged out in the news because it's an election year and Obama wants you to "vote for your race."

    First Amendment rights are first and foremost. I'm more concerned with that then you "disagreeing" with what someone says in some random comment section. If you get "offended" MOVE ON.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Oh right, I forgot that racism was over now

      April 18, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Drastic oversimplification. Also poor use of quotation marks. Also total lack of comprehension of the liberal platform. Also it's not clear that you bothered to read past the third paragraph. Also anonymous. Weak sauce, mf. Weak sauce.

      April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jmacq1

      The sheer idiocy of the statement that "Obama wants you to vote for your race" is astounding. If all the whites who vote voted "their race" Romney would win the election in a landslide.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      I love how the racists trot out the old "Since we elected a black president, racism is gone" argument.
      All it means is that racists are slowly being marginalized. And they HATE it.
      Personally, I love it. I love to watch the far right-wing squirm in their own fevered brains.
      I love the fact that they are now forced to vote for a pseudo-conservative Mormon that they would normally despise.
      The world is changing and leaving them behind. They could choose to rejoin the human race. But few will.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • granny dolly

      how did the president get into this? he did not shoot trayvon or ask for this to happen. maybe just my thought some people hate the fact he is president and a lot of this up rising is because he was elected president, and some people don't like it. just my thought i could be wrong, think about it

      April 18, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • crookedarm

        How about his saying if he had a son it could very well look like Trayvon Martin? Any particular reason he needed to compare himself with Trayvon? Didn't think so.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  46. tree

    A quote from her article: "I am not proud of the way some African-Americans have used social media in the aftermath of Martin’s death and since the Tulsa shootings. Demanding justice is understandable and necessary; demanding blood is wrong. " That doesn't sound like it is shaming whites there, does it?

    April 18, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      The existence intelligent, articulate black women freaks out an entire segment of our population.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  47. AbbieR

    I would love to meet Ms. Ekhoff. Her oratory brings to mind Dr. Dorothy Cotton.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  48. Will Hudson

    Apparently, only whites can be racist.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Don't be obtuse. Of course blacks can be racist, but the deep-seeded racism ingrained in our culture is only directed in one direction: towards brown people

      April 18, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
      • clepto

        That's only because the other minorities stay quiet or have already been knocked down..

        April 18, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
      • THe Unafraid

        or are working hard at pulling themselves up instead of committing crimes against who they perceive to be their own people and waiting for the next handout

        April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  49. JerseyBore

    This is exactly what Anders Breivik's video was about.Shaming whites into conceding everything.Shame,shame,shame.Let's all ask for forgiveness for being white.This is why liberlism is a cancer.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Wow, and some people will honestly deny that race is still an issue, even after reading this comment

      April 18, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonquil

      Breivik slaughtered 77 people in cold blood. He's not the person to be referring to, on improving human relations and fixing social problems.

      April 18, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  50. Judith

    The bounty was for him to be caught and arrested, no more or less.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  51. gary


    April 18, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Judith

      That is how you racists normally learn things, getting your tripe from your family and friends.

      April 18, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  52. DUANEX

    Jesse Jackson is the worst thing that has happened to blacks in America since his black ancesters sold their ancesters to a white man in Africa where their ancesters are still living in MUD HUTS hello????

    April 18, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonquil

      DUANEX, this isn't about Jesse Jackson. This is about people posting racist and insulting remarks online, behind anonyminity. People forget that the internet is a public place, and racist insults hurled online, come in contact with other people's eyes.

      If you don't feel embarassed about posting hateful and racist things online, then you're probably a bigot and the veil of online anonyminity is your "hood".

      April 18, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  53. DUANEX

    If you haven't noticed, the hoods are going up, and the sheets are coming off,now wer're talking

    April 18, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Notice the background color of this blog? That is your modern sheet. You username is your hood. Welcome to the Klan.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  54. Drake

    To all those posting racially intolerant comments here:

    When you cannot be anonymous I bet you are very well behaved. You would not have the gumption to say to people directly what you post here.

    COWARDS is the right word for the lot of you.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • author?

      I assume you're referring to the article above when referring to racially charged comments. They equate someone blogging with lynching. Right, keystrokes are equal to killing. Sounds like a great article.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Drake

        NO! You have a reading comprehension problem.

        I was REFERRING to the IDIOTS posting below.

        The article above is well-written and from the heart.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  55. nomorethankgod

    I"m a white female, 61, who has lived all over the country, including nearly a decade in the Texas Hill Country. Although I've heard and seen some unfortunate things in my life, I'm appalled by the terrible things I've read in the CNN comments section on the Trayvon case. Of course I wonder how black people must feel about these comments.

    I'm hoping that the vast majority of this comes from very young kids who simply don't know any better and are looking for shock value. But I'm sure there are adults as well. I notice these comments have spilled over into other articles, and it's the same people. There definitely seems to be some kind of cover that the internet affords – and not just to racists – but for anyone who finds it enjoyable to be rude, without having to pay the consequences for their bad behavior.

    The first time I heard the N word was when I was 5 years old. I was in a station wagon with a white minister and his family. We passed a family of "colored" people (it was 1955), and the two boys shouted out the window and called them N.....s. Their father gave them a stern lecture. When I came home, I asked my mother what the word meant.

    My mother and I visited South Carolina probably around 1960, and we saw the signs for separate public drinking fountains and restrooms. I didn't know such things existed. I remember that all the stuff for white people was brand new and well-maintained, while all the stuff for black people was shoddy and ugly. I also remember it was the black porter who gave us his cabin on the train when we didn't have a ticket to get back home.

    Like Tangela, I saw white-robed KKK around 1980 – a carful of them – parked under a bridge over the Pedernales River. 1980 is not so long ago. Who were those people and what were they doing there? It would be nice if we could someday know that those days are long gone.

    Rather than point fingers at other races, we – all of us – really need, REALLY NEED, to begin to focus on racial unity in this country. Just as there is good and bad in every individual, there is good and bad in every race. We are each most responsible for our own actions. I hope most of us would like for our actions to count for good.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LEt it go

      Comparing people voicing their frustration over a case that is hardly as open and shut as you make it out to be to the racists of that time shows you clearly do lack the perspective to come down on any of us. We put up with racism every day – TODAY. And there are no articles comparing the new black panthers to the KKK. But someone voicing their opinion on how the use of racially charged "journalism" is over the top is equal to what they did in the 50's? You're nuts. Get over yourself. Try covering just ONE CASE where a white person is beaten and or robbed for his color or at least are called a racial slur. IT happens 200 times more often than one of these issues like Trayvon which may or may not be what you make it out to be. Spare me; your righteous indignation appalls me. You live on an eternal pity pot. You suffer from PTSD of culture.

      April 18, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Drake

      There are people that have the ability to judge people based on who they are and not their race.

      But the people here are just LOSERS. They don't have the heart to take off the white sheet.

      Leave the losers alone and find good people. The losers will find other idiots like them to talk to and all will be well.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  56. Was Wonderin

    What is the role of the "new" black panther party? Seems like a buncha bullies. Not much different from the current KKK imo

    April 18, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jmacq1

      Not to mention that most rational black people that know of them readily condemn the "New Black Panther Party" for the pointless hate group that it is. The people condeming the NBPP include many former members of the ORIGINAL Black Panther Party, who are more than little upset that these "new" guys are giving them a bad name. Further, the NBPP is classified as a hate group by the FBI and monitored accordingly, just like the KKK and other white supremacist groups.

      April 18, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  57. Happy and Healthy

    Black or White. Do you want yourself and your children to be happy, healthy and successful.
    It's easy, go to church and don't have children until you're married.
    Once you get married and have children, stay married.
    If he don't beat and she don't cheat, stay married!

    April 18, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  58. Satan

    Hey, dad, i know you're still pretty peaved about the entire "I am God" thing and taking a third of your angels, but is there any chance I can crash at your place for awhile? See, it's just that I got some really big things going on down here like the economy about to collapse, world war 3 beteen Israel / USA and Iran / the Muslim world, eugenics, GMO food, destroying the NFL, etc., and these people are too focused on reality shows, media instigated racial tension, and other petty crap to care. It's just like, why bother. I have put thousands of years into this master plan, and these dolts are suing the Bachelor for discrimination. I just don't know what to do. Tell Jesus I said what's up. I enjoyed those three days he spent here in 33. He's a good kid.


    Prince of Darkness, Esq.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  59. the truther

    If we were all atheists this wouldn't be happening

    April 18, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Chappy

      China and Russia were experiments in atheistic human nature during the twentieth century. They killed more people in those twenty years than all religious wars of the last two thousand years. Your observing should take in more history for accuracy, perhaps?

      April 18, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Chappy

        My iPad thinks it spells better than I do, in those one hundred years, excuse me. Atheists killed more people in one hundred years than religious wars over the last two thousand years. Not even counting all the countries in so. Amer. where godless communism disappeared people by the thousands.

        April 18, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Nyking

        Not true. Communists did not kill in the name of atheism. Theirs were a political/socio-economic movement. You cannot attribute their atrocities to atheism. Its like saying a person killed because he was a republican.

        April 18, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  60. Shelley Loveland

    These problems are systemic. Racism in the South is still prevalent. It is taught by parents (family system) There are a great deal of neighborhoods in CA, OK, AL and TX that I have visited that seem set up for minorities to fail. (Community systems) Gun shops next to liquor stores. Not in the suburbs but go to Compton. 90% of violent crime is committed by young black males 18-25. This is not because they are black. It is because of a system set up to oppress. Anyone who is not willing to look at all the systems at work for the above statistic and is ignorant enough to think "oh its because they are black" is part of the oppressive system. Rich white CEO's committed one of the worst, greediest crimes in history. Do we focus on them? Do we cross the street when we see a stockbroker or CEO walking toward us? No. You know what that makes people who do cross the street when a young black man approaches? Ignorant. Part of the problem. I live in a predominantly white place. I am half hispanic and my little brother and sister are half black. I look white. People do not cross the street when they see me coming. I make it a point to smile, say hello and treat people with kindness and respect. There will come a time where all of us will look back at our family tree (most can now) and see that we are all minorities or related to minorities. We cannot fix the problem until we fix the systems that feed it. If the only source of pride one has is the color of his skin, that is a pathetic existence. My children have learned to do all things with love. They do not care about the color of friends skin. I have one very brown kid and one very white kid. Same parents. My hope is that our generation will not be intimidated by a black president as many "christians" CLEARLY are. Somewhere, Jesus is looking down weeping about how his name is used for hate. He was from the middle east. He looked more like an arab than a frat boy. Denial causes wars. Do some people truly believe that Jesus only likes white people? That is delusional insanity. I will be the woman in the cubical next to you using logic, love and reasoning to combat hate. -Shelley

    April 18, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris Dunlap

      Extremely well-said! One of the best sociological surmizes I've ever read! Thank you!

      April 18, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Judith

      In the only authenticated painting of Our Lady, she was more of the colour of a Black African and that painting was done by Saint Mark. I have shown many white people a print of that photo and the reaction is almost always the same "That cannot be Our Lady because Our Lady was white." The reality is of course that she would have been much darker than even modern day Jews because the climate was hotter in the middle east and any normal person would expect her to look more like a Balck African that anything else.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
      • J

        She would look more middle eastern than african black.

        April 18, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      Perhaps they don't cross the street because the rich stockbroker or CEO is not likely to pull a knife and rob you.

      The problem is not one of race, it is one of poverty, despair, and hopelessness. Take away anyone's vision of hope for their future and they will tend towards criminal activity, probably violent – this is independent of race.

      The thought that it is racial is because that is wha tpeople see – they see news reports of black violence, so therefore it is because they are black. It is the same for Muslems – what we hear and see is Islamic extremists, therefore such violence is a part of their religion. In fact neither of the preceding is true for the majority, but perception leads to "fact" in many minds.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  61. I loved the 50s

    It's true we needed civil rights legislation, and we got it! But besides that,the 50's were a time of growth and prosperity in America. There were more jobs than people so employees were treated well. Both blacks and white had: 90+ % grow up with a father and mother who loved them, and had the time and energy left after work to spend quality time with them and also had the energy and time to spend supporting their community and church. People had the energy and time to join softball leagues and bowling teams, black and white. But since the acendency of Wall Street bankers wringing every ounce of profit from companies by laying off employees, shipping jobs overseas, free trade agreements, importation of illegal labor to keep demand for labor and wages low; now scared American employees work themselves half to death everyday on the job, every keystroke measured, every phone call monitored; to the point they have no energy or time left at the end of the day for a family or even their own children. Those same money people already control our government, now I fear we are about to elect one of them president. The only vehicle I see for good in our future is the church and the teachings of Christ. If you can't go to church, watch online, just stay in touch with Jesus somehow. He would not be happy about the money changers controlling government. We need to get the money out of government, vote for congress people who promise to do that.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  62. Vikram

    It's a shame how being a human, we hate each other because of race, religion, nationality or belief. We call ourselves civilized, yet we can be worse than animals. Even animals can be faithful to themselves, but we are not. When do we rise out of this narrow mindedness and learn to love, embrace and respect each other. After all we will end up being a skeleton underneath the earth or a pile of ashes, who will know what religion or race the remain belongs to?... can we ask this simple question to ourselves and make other lives any easier? Salute to the writer for writing such a great article... we need more of these in CNN

    April 18, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  63. Chappy

    Not sure how old you are, and would not make light of your experiences.

    However, the racist hatred/ violence I've seen in my whole life is coming from the other side.

    I did not grow up anywhere near your Alabama, or poverty.

    But the only thing holding people back the last twenty years would be not trying. Many blacks walked right out of slavery and got college educated and lived amazing lives. Race hatred, in my observation, which has only been blacks acting out and hating whites is an excuse. I've never heard a white person use the word nor intimate deep hatred. Although it was a liberal mindset, the wealth of the area meant there was VERY little actual involvement in each others lives, but even though, that isolation could have given free vent to hatred. But it didn't.

    Just thought I'd share a somewhat opposite view. No one has a monopoly on injustice, we all face trials.

    I hope youve had time to heal.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      Simple math from the article lead to the author being born in 1969.

      Usually the hatred being spoken of in the article grows in isolation, but only becomes evident when people mix with the object of their hatred. If you grew up racially isolated, there would be little to trigger the problem and oyu would not see it.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  64. RG

    History lesson, Id like to remind everyone that the white man did not create slavery. Slavery been around before Moses. All ethnics and races have practiced it! Now a lesson on American slavery, The white man did not make the black man a slave. The black man came from Africa and the tribes of Africa war with one another. Those taken over was made into slaves and sold off to rich white plantation owners in the states. Before the blacks plantation owners tried native Americans as slaves but it didn't work out because the native Americans knew the land to well. So bigotry really breads more bigotry and i see this article as pure bigotry. I feel sorry the little girl so many years ago experience racism and hate but its not an entire races fault for the mistakes of another race. Seems more and more the media tries to push a division on race and culture.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  65. trollol

    Anonymity! You love it or you hate it. You won't appreciate it until you realize big insatiable corporations and perhaps even the government might be more dangerous to your lively hood than the brooding KKK member next door. HI NEIGHBOR!

    April 18, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  66. Rise and Fall of Rome

    How long will a house divided stand? But "we are different" – we have manifest destiny. The fundamental problem we have between both groups is selfishness and cruelty by whites and slavery-fueled weakness of blacks. Whites' policy of "all for me and none for you" and if you have anything, well then you're a drug-dealer or affirmative action handee and if you're poor, then you're a welfare mooch, continues to fuel the acid between both groups. Blacks need to do a much better job of raising our families; why should most black neighborhoods be the bad section of town? On the other hand, racism in employment of qualified blacks fuels the growth of the black underclass although poverty is no excuse for criminality; many poor families in Africa don't appear to grow into crime. Let the haters wallow in their hate; it's really a demented form of childishness; you just do your best; black, white or green

    April 18, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  67. mary

    Simply speaking the internet is a place where hateful people who choose to be hateful, spew it.. But race is only one aspect of it.. Religion, political opinions , intelligence, economic status.. The list goes on..
    Its about ripping other people and hoping one of your verbal talons cuts , even if only just a little.
    Its a good place for bullies who must be decent in their every day life, to get away with it. Then get up from the computer, and go pretend to be a nice person in their real life.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • nomorethankgod


      April 18, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  68. Maltese Falcon

    Rev. Ekhof would like to identify all the people who don't agree with the Ku Klux Klan racism charge. What happens to them after identification? Those two cases are not similar. The Oklahoma one obviously is a racial attack. The Florida case is not. Also Ekhof seems to include all non-black males in the same "enemy" category. This kind of simplicity is sort of typical of many African/Amerikan leaders.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  69. Sharon

    I'm in a bad way. For the life of me, I don't know why anybody even has children. It is a cruel world. I'm 48, single, no children. I just couldn't in good conscience imagine allowing this world to happen to my precious children. Too heartbreaking and I will happy to leave when it is my turn. Sad and depressing, I know.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      You have children and raise them to be different (better) than the world you see around you now. In this way you can make a difference. In the end, it is the only way you can make a lasting difference – having others, younger than you, with a positive vision of the future.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Sharon

        No thanks.Would not be willing to put that burden onto my children. Nope. Goodbye and Good Riddens Earth.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  70. bugjuice

    Internet blogs etc. do lack accountability. Most people who say rude and hateful things on the Internet (particularly the extremes) would not say it to someones face. I don't think it's a new found freedom of speech...it's just being mean and rude and snickering to yourself that you are going to get away with it. Have some self respect and some respect for others.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • nomorethankgod

      So true. Good people can learn how to express their frustrations and beliefs without insulting others.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  71. electroguy

    I find it hard to fathom that anyone could even think that Racism will ever 'go away' when black people can illogically continue to argue that THEIR ancestors were victims and therefore every flaw that they have, every tribulation that they have faced and every mistake that they have made is someone elses fault but their own.
    I am white and when I dont get a job, get turned down for a loan or get pulled over by the Police– i have to blame my education, lack of collateral for that loan and an issue with my driving rather than blame it on my skin color.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • nomorethankgod

      You sort of have a point, but the problem with your point is when you appear to imply that this is the case with all the people of one race.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  72. Glenn M Jr

    You know, I feel the wisest of all the people, whether races, religions, and such are the Hopi. They had one stone called the Pahana Stone which their elder white brother Pahana took with him when he left. To the north was a white stone, south a black stone, east a yellow stone, west a red stone. In the lesson it shows that even though we have many colors, religions, and differences, that all in all, we are one people, humans. Even though the stones were of different color, in the end, they were all stones. Even though we of people are different colors, beliefs, religions, and more, we are still all human being, with minds and souls of our own. When God divided us, he meant it to bring us closer, to shows us that no difference makes us truly different because we're all human. No matter your colors, religion, and such, we all love, anger, fear, hurt, and much more because deep down inside we're all human.

    Hopefully, one day people will learn and understand it's not the differences that matter, it's that we're all human that matters.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  73. tju

    this whole ordeal has taught me that black hate whites digitally way more than whites hate blacks. the violence in the black community is the real problem. the men not raising their children also a terrible factor. everyone always talks about racist klansmen, but no one ever talks about the white college kids who also fought in the movement. no one never condemns the africans that profited off of the slave trade. no one is in africa trying to stop the current slave trade or find their roots. the trayvon martin case has shed alot of light on reverse racism and has shown that the real problems are not being address and blaming others never solves anything.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • toadlife

      "reverse racism?" So you think racism should only go one way?

      April 18, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  74. HAHA

    And also, just because some people may use the internet as a shield so they can let out their true feelings, how is that a bad thing? Sometimes when people say things that seem "hateful" to one person, they can still be correct in the point they make. The internet is the last bastion where the PC crowd can't control things. Blacks complain and complain about the past, and then they wonder why people roll their eyes when they look at them.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  75. Maltese Falcon

    Personally, I like being anonymous. I don't have any intention of identifying myself so that fanatics who disagree with my opinion about something can then locate my residence and shoot me with a gun. The Amerikan government is pretty mediocre at security. People who seem affiliated with Israel in some way appear to be the most dangerous.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  76. HAHA

    Black people should replace the word "complain" at this point. Is there one week that goes by without someone crying about the past? Even if it was 1980...that's still 32 years ago. GET OVER IT.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  77. Anon

    Going back to 4chan.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ChickenorSteak

      Thank you for your comment, my good sir.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  78. Liz

    Ignorance; that's the premise of this empty piece of CNN drivel. And that's the only thing this pit of liberal crap that is CNN, vomits out. And on a daily basis for the past too many years. That poor sad woman who wrote this under liberal duress is still shackled by the chains of her ancestors' slavery while she joyfully still worships demons that her ancestors did not know. Read Deuteronomy, Ekhoff.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Judith

      Sure and you are no better than the racists, if you are not actually one of them also.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  79. GenericMan

    I don't like the comparison of a "robe and hood". But, being online does seem to present a "mask" for which people can comfortably misbehave. It's a public vent with individualization.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • GenericMan

      Make that "DE" indiviualization

      April 18, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  80. No one

    As annoying as the internet can be for bad behavior, you can turn your terminal off or do something else, its like closing your eyes but more effective. Unless you happen to be in The Ring I suppose, though I have yet to watch that.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  81. snottykid

    Tangela Ekhoff is just mad I am going to take away her EBT card.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  82. Mickey1313

    What do people not understand about the 1st amendment. It clearly states you have the right to say what you want to whom you want when you want, regardless of political corectness. If you stifle the right to speak we become china, russa, iran, saudi aribia, amer.. i mean....

    April 18, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Zen

      So what you're saying is that just because you have the legal right to say evil things because of the First Amendment, that you should? I despise you and people who think like you.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Mickey, what YOU do not understand is that freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences of that speech. Say whatever the hell you want, but don't run and cry to the State when you have trouble finding employment, etc. due to publicly expressing words of hatred that the community disapproves of.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  83. Gimp Treasure

    rubber holes work best

    April 18, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  84. Mature hotel group

    Jerking of at the car wash

    April 18, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  85. Anam

    The main thing I want to see is Inflamitory Advocates (Not those seeking justice) for Trayvon Martin to stand up for the Georgetown Victim. Go and fight for him, no he did not die but blacks kill whites too and they are not there. Why is it these people only come out on one side. This is why racisms remains so prominent in Society. Lets see Jesse Jackson defend a white person against a black for once. Please let me know if I am wrong I would hope so.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      thats an easy answer, because moderen blacks are far far far more raceist then any whites have ever been. They are the ones keeping raceism alive. When jessie jackson and al sharpton come out to every "black tradgity" but do not speak out against black on white violence, they are the problem.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
      • toadlife

        So "blacks" are the racists eh? So who do you think taught the "blacks" to be the proficient racists that they are?

        April 18, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Judith

        Why would they speak out? They do not have to speak out because the black person will already have been arrested, arraigned and waiting for their capital murder trial.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Jmacq1

        The difference being: When it's Black on White violence, it's usually a crime of opportunity that was driven by poverty, drug-related issues, or desperation. NOT a white being targeted simply because they're white. Further, such crimes have very high rates of arrests and convictions, or at the very least thorough police investigation.

        When it's white on black violence, it is FAR more likely that the crime is genuinely or at least partially motivated by race. Furthermore, such crimes statistically have a FAR lower chance of resulting in arrests and convictions, or the police even investigating the crimes. Just as would have happened in the Trayvon Martin case if nobody had spoken up: It would have been quietly swept under the rug.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  86. Janet Napolitano

    Trust me, we know who is saying what. Online anonymity...you're funny.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  87. Barack Obama

    If I had a first ammendment right, it would look just like...screw it.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  88. searust

    am radio is the last bastion of white sheets and hoods.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  89. jake

    Or does online anonymity allow people to speak their mind rather than conform to political correctness and the vocal, activist minority. After CA Prop 8 passed by a majority of CA, those against Prop 8 used the public donor list to persecute those who supported Prop 8. They attacked mormon owned businesses and harassed companies to fire Prop 8 contributors. These tactics have made fund raising for conservative political causes more difficult, not because people have changed their belief- but because they are afraid to express those beliefs in public. Works great for those who believe conservatives do not have a right to their beliefs and that the politically correct opinion is the only opinion people should have

    April 18, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      you are mixing up 2 things. One the right to hold a conservitive belief. and 2, the right to lobby on behalf of said belief. The first amendment states you do not have a right to mix thiesm with politics, so you are wrong, that is not a right.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • nega-jake

      Althow I do agree with your general statements, I find it Ironic that you would use prop 8 as a justification for anonymously.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Allen

      People should be afraid of expressing their religious belief in public, especially if their beliefs are hellbent on denying people civil rights. Religion should be a private matter that citizens practice outside of the government. This isn't a theocracy, this isn't Iran. Freedom and liberty for all? Hello?

      April 18, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
      • kalo


        April 18, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Beth

        I agree. But that is still another level from the seriously KKK extremists and worse who often post here.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • bspurloc

        the KKK extremist are not a threat compared to the Christian Taliban who do not display their true colors.....

        April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      Or does online anonymity free u from the bored wackos......
      giving out real information on the internet is just plane ignorant.... ignorant to the fact of how many lunatics u attract from simply saying HI.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  90. JT

    People still read comments on news stories?!?!

    April 18, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yeah to complain about them..... the same reason people listen to howard stern

      April 18, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  91. Huh?

    And you, you ignorant piece of trash, is exactly what this author was talking about. You can take your white robes and the Hitler mustache and shove it where the sun doesn't shine. 😀

    April 18, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  92. Rod C. Venger

    On the otherhand, some of us have no problem posting under our own names. I for one fear for MY kids in a nation where rappers call for offing the pigs, dealing drugs, drive-bys, doing their women...doing the white man...and calling it "art". You say you want an honest conversation? I hear the words but not the sincerity. But what do I know...I'm just an anonymous racist.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • oy

      I don't recall her calling you a racist....

      April 18, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob349

        She didn't need to.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ???????

      Assuming that all of them are rappers...assuming that all of them are against whites...assuming that all of them talk about non sense. As assuming all whites are part of the clan...and all whites are against blacks. And I could go on with colors. No offense but we all have an end...does it scare you that your great grand children might be of a different color, because you never know it could happen...be contempt with the fact that you have a heart, a mind, and blood that runs through your veins...know that they too have that...A long while ago I used to be a racist...when I was immature...I am proud to say I am not any more and color is of no importance...I am human nothing more nothing less...I don't know if you looked around lately but there are 7,000,000,000 other humans...the confederates lost...and that's history...Martin Luther King Jr. is not a speck in time...your children will learn about him...who was your great great great great great great grandfather? Know that your great great great great great great great grandchildren will learn about King before they even know who you are...Can you guess the color of my skin???

      April 18, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Andrews

      How are the demographics in Stratmoor Hills Rod? Do you have any non-white, non-racist friends? If not, you are doomed to stay ignorant until your last day. By then Jan will be a saint, if she isn't already one.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  93. Blissful Ignorance is a Myth

    Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? – 1 Corinthians 6:2-3

    Reading some of the venomous responses towards this woman of the cloth, you would think this was a world without end. There won't be anything 'anonymous' about judgement day, you have a finite life to prepare for it.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinson

      The problem is people believe actually there is a judgment day and that Jesus was sent down from God on a suicide mission. There are a lot of delusional people out there.

      April 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sensible Mind

      Did you know... well, probably not. After all you're quoting the bible and talking about judgement day, so you probably stared through the hateful parts of the book. You may not be a bigot, but you fail to acknowledge the racist aspects of the bible. Not to mention the outright approval of some vicious hateful racist anti Semitic parts of the bible. Quoting a verse from Corinthians, for what?

      April 18, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • garbageinisgarbageout

      Her use of race as a crutch for her misfortune and her shortcomings will also be used in her judgement. Hopefully she realizes that her form of 'anti-hate' is just further fuel to the fire and nothing more.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
      • lh

        I saw a woman with dignity. Where on earth she blames anybody for her misfortune? Hiding under a hood and calling others' name is a coward, no matter how young or how old that person is.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  94. Interesting

    I'm sorry this was put in the category of religion, but I would prefer it not be associated with that.

    As an agnostic, I don't believe that religion is necessarily tied to moral behavior; but I do believe that knowledge/education is. Not necessarily higher education, but just education in general. I always considered that being a more learned person would make you a BETTER person. But that's not any more true than religion.

    I live in DC. The image of DC is that of a more "literate" community – highly educated, diverse, tolerant. I'm from a small town in Indiana (located near another small town known for its KKK presence.) I will say in some aspects, the image of DC is very true. As African-American, I appreciate the difference between the two places more than I can adequately express. While home will always have sentimental value, I would slit my own throat before I moved back to that small minded town. The racism was ridiculous.

    However, the moment I get on the comments section of the Washington Post, I almost think I'm back home. The nasty racist comments were so surprising in a city that's supposedly so "elevated" in its thinking. I'd love to believe that these are comments from random "skin-heads" or "red-necks" but I know they are not. You can tell by the comments. The suburban moms, the white-collar professional men – they give evidence that they are the supposed "educational elite" in their posts.

    As I work in a professional setting, it is disturbing that the very people writing these vile messages could be smiling in my face at work. I always associated that kind of narrow-mindedness with ignorance, but apparently it isn't

    While I appreciate the anonymity of the internet, it has certainly taught me to assume nothing. Idiots are idiots, no matter how educated, or religious, they may claim to be....

    April 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      One of the few intelligent comments here. Take heart that this is a CNN blog. If you want to see how bad in can really get, check out the FAUX blogs on fox news.com and fox nation. It's hard to take but somewhat necessary to see to gauge the level of racism out there.

      A little context regarding FAUX;

      FAUX demographics,
      1) About 3,000,000 viewers out of over 300,000,000,
      2) Median age of 65
      3) Out of the 3,000,000 viewers only about 29,000 are African-American background

      April 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rod C. Venger

        And what are the demographics of BET, "Elmer"?

        April 18, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
      • bannister

        What are the demographics of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Are they "disproportionately white?" What are the demographics of a Noam Chomsky lecture? Of a Dave Matthews Concert? Of a Portland Oregon Starbucks? Of the Burning Man Festival?

        In other words, if something is "disproportionately white" does that automatically mean it's racist? Or just if it's "disproportionally white" and CONSERVATIVE? Hmmmm?

        April 18, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
      • kalo

        Holy crap the fox news supporters are quicker than the Chinese supporting their government on these comment boards and just as wrong! Remember kids a war on christmas but never a war on women....NEVER!

        April 18, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  95. Kate

    You are pathetic. The only people who need to believe that a whole group (whether black, white, red, gay, straight, whatever) are beneath them are people who are about as low as you can go. You don't have much digging to do, Keyboard KKlansman – you have reached the depths.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Crosseyes

    Y'know guys... remember SOPA? How everyone hates how the government overreacts and will strip freedoms on the internet? It's not hard to see why they would overreact like that Anonymity turns a lot of people into something ugly that should be met with punishment for acting that way. Even just over the internet.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      Free hate speech is a far cry better than dragging people behind trucks. I'll take free speech even it it is offensive.

      April 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |

      @Steve Lyons

      hate speech is follow by violence and people following up on those hate speech: AZ shooter.

      April 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • mistamista

        Then, just like every other crime committed, we'll track them down and give them the punishment earned. There were wingnuts showing up a Obama's rally with AR15 combat weaponry over their shoulders. The internet does not make MORE hatred, it just makes it less likely to be valued and hence....a non-issue. When it deals with children, we parents need to step up our game, but the internet MUST remain free. Without the right to voice an opinion, even if it's anonymous...we give away the single biggest thing that we , as Americans ARE...not HAVE, but ARE!

        April 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mistamista

      Give the range of possibilities, I'll take the freedom to choose over the pseudo-security that the government offers. If I read something that I don't like or agree with, I'm well within my rights to comment on it. If I find it disturbing, I can move on without a second thought. The point is that the CHOICE REMAINS MINE!

      April 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  97. garbageinisgarbageout

    As long as racism is allowed to be claimed then racism will live. For something to be dropped, both sides must drop it, there is no period where one side can reap benefits of the mistakes of past generations. This author was never affected by slavery, nor where her parents. It's a shame that the media will fuel the fire by publishing nonsense like this.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |

      Just because salvery does not exist does not mean racism does not exist.

      Now the kkk members she show, do you think any of them will give her a job if they happens to be the hiring manager??? a study shows many kkk members are everyday joes who work and many live in the suburb. now do you get it???

      April 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • garbageinisgarbageout

        please cite this study, I do not think it exists or comes from a credible source.

        April 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah

      when will they learn when they act like normal people and treat themselves like normal people and respect one another we'll respect them as well
      as long as they keep playing the minority race card well have to keep treating them like the timid insecure fragile people they are or appear to be

      April 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • oy

      Right. Let's just pretend racism doesn't exist and then it will magically disappear. I don't think so.
      And the legacy of slavery lives and breathes today. Don't kid yourself.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  98. Your Panties

    Why is Tangela so FUgly?

    April 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      Go post on FAUX you TROLL!

      April 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  99. This Is Not America - David Bowie

    I have to give CNN credit for giving voice to what has been an obvious concern for many, the growing degenerative state of racial relations in America. The elements for it are not exactly the same as they were 50 years ago. Ignorance, and barbarism aren't the primal characteristics, as much as 'classism'. This makes such behavior all the more egregious, and willful, given the evolution of culture within this country educationally, morally, and ethically. Class warfare can comprise a great deal more now, as it is not restricted to just the color of one's skin. There is a much greater dynamic at work of laws of subtlety that allow for even the most odious of designs. Matters of racial inequality only occupy the minds of what is largely a minority, unless the status quo is put at risk. Until then, you will always have fringe groups looking to gain any momentum they can find for hatred among those who are disenfranchised, that they may empower themselves if even for a moment.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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