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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. cworr

    Jesus lived 2000 years ago in a province of the Roman Empire at the point where Africa, Europe, and Asia come together. We will probably never know for certain exactly what He looked like, which is interesting in that it makes it much easier for all people to relate to Him. Our modern image of Jesus (white with blue eyes) comes from medieval depictions by peope who had never seen a black man. It's not racist. If you have only ever seen Chinese people then you would expect Jesus to look Chinese. As for Jews being white, most modern Jews are descended from people who lived in Europe for over 1000 years before immigrating to Israel or the US. It's not surprising at all that Jews today may have blonde hair and blue eyes. It doesn't necessarily mean that they did 2000 years ago.

    The use of Christianity by white supremacist groups is more about their perceived view of Western European/American culture than has anything at all to do with Christianity.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      Well-said and good to see that someone has their head screwed on straight to fully understand and put into perspective the Jesus of the scriptures vs the twisted Jesus that some versions of history present.

      People fail to understand or appreciate the GREAT APOSTASY that occurred shortly after the death of the apostles and that from that point forward it was inevitable that the true character of Jesus would be twisted into shapes and forms completely inconsistent and unrecognizable from the Jesus of the gospels.

      It was written by the apostle Paul that said apostasy would come to fruition and it happened just as he was inspired to write.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        Sorry, but was Paul an Apostle? He wasn't mentioned in Matthew 10, I don't think.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • RespectForALLLife

        Paul was not an apostle but he was invited to join Peter becausee he was a convert to Christianity and was a learned man. His letters to the Colossians, Ephesians, etc are a splendid example of that.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.CRUZ

      There's a reason why there is no physicial description of Jesus or any of the apostes in the Bible. It's because God didn't and doesn't want us to focus on race. He wants us to focus on his message. As Peter stated at Acts 10:34 "God is not partial, but in EVERY nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is ACCEPTABLE to him." No race is superior to another in God's eyes and as his follows we should feel the same way.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • DP

        Well-said, my brother/sister!

        April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • RespectForALLLife

        God Bless you. Wonderful post.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      Europeans were well aware of blacks and other races. Jesus was not white. He was jewish. Get over it RACISTS!

      April 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NotGoodEnough

    "America needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting about race."

    So you are basically saying that you don't want any Jews, Muslims, Athiests, Budhists and so on in the meeting?

    April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary from NJ

      It's an expression. Relax.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Technically a "Come To Jesus Meeting" is a southern term for a seious honest talk, not really about Jesus per se. For instance, when I worked at a Mental Health facility an older white male I worked with called confrontation of out of control patients the "Come to Jesus Meeting".

      April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      I find it interesting that an article about online hatred that uses racism as an example elicits comments telling someone to not be so "sensitive" about an inherent, albeit subtle, slur against non-Christians.

      Sensitivity goes both ways, does it not?

      April 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GG

    Proving a point Evelyn?

    April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. have faith

    Comments of hatred are infantile & have no place in society. Anonymous comments of hatred are much worse. We are nothing unless we have faith, education, empathy, responsibility & compassion.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BiteMe

      Many Christians have faith in Jesus/God, and look where that's gotten America since 1776.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • cworr

        Actually, it's gotten us pretty darn far. We started out as an agricultural colony of the British Empire. Today, we are the most powerful, wealthiest, most advanced civilization ever to have existed on the face of planet Earth. I would be happy just to stay where we are, but history seems to indicate we won't be on top forever. When we do begin our decline, if it has not already begun, it is interesting that it coincide with the diminishing of Christianity in America. Probably not the point you were attempting to make.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • BiteMe

        How wrong you are, cworr.

        The only reason we're the wealthiest, most advanced country on the Earth is thanks to our leaders and innovations. It has nothing to do with our faith. Most of our most brilliant minds identified themselves as deists, which was the politically correct term for atheist in pre-19th century.

        Interestingly enough, the last stringhold of religion in America, the Bible Belt, has been a hotspot for slavery, lynchings, segregation, and all sorts of other racism atrocities. Ironically, as the Christian influence dwindles in America, these practices too will dwindle. America is the only first world country with a heavy population of religious individuals. Every other first world country is predominantly non-religious, which speaks volumes because they're also ahead of us in terms of social and politicial grounds.

        It'll take some time, but I see America eventually letting go of its Christian stronghold and will join the rest of the world superpowers in terms of norms and acceptance once our intolerant leaders are all gone.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        "Most of our most brilliant minds identified themselves as deists, which was the politically correct term for atheist in pre-19th century."
        Deism is not atheism, it's a separate religion that's still around today.

        April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      Sorry, I agree with "education, empathy, responsibility & compassion," but what does faith add?

      April 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hope

        Morals.

        April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        @Hope,
        Morals come from education and empathy. Faith says nothing on right and wrong, only what someone else thinks is right and wrong.

        April 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • RespectForALLLife

        Hope – you're right. And where there are no morals, there is no decency, no empathy – man is relegated to animal status.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        @Respect...,
        "And where there are no morals, there is no decency, no empathy "

        Are you saying there are no good people without faith? That would be somewhat arrogant would it not, to think you as a person of faith have exclusive rights ethical behavior? Of course the evidence is obvious, whenever you meet an atheist or agnostic it is always at the end of a gun, right? Because obviously they can't have any ethics since they don't have faith, right?

        You certainly can't be saying that faith guarantees morals, or ethics, else why would there be any of the religious in jail, excepting of course the political and civil disobedient? Not to mention the clergy.

        Perhaps you might want to investigate the relationship between morals/ethics and faith again.

        April 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Person

    There's a saying, "On the Internet, nobody knows that you're a dog." Yes, that anonymity is the new "white hood." (You didn't see Klan rider galloping around with their faces exposed, either.)

    April 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      Anonymity is not the problem.

      Pseudonyms don't hate people; people hate people.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RLA

    Is this some new great awakening that people use these comment sections and the internet (web/blogs/twitter/facebook/etc to express their own inner ugliness? I've been seeing the hate and nastiness for several years now and it's only escalating. Every technology has a good side and a bad side. It's the way the user uses it that makes the difference. As it was once said...there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Those who spout the hate or just plan ugly and often mindless, typo filled rantings don't make society a better place. And indeed, Jesus is polarizing. His message was most simple...do what is good and truthful. And yes, I'm am addle brained as I am a believer so hold your rants on that please.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philo Van Rood

    The comments on this article should stand as a stark warning as to how close we are to outright Civil War in America again. Keep pushing, bigots. See what happens.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • RedCitizen

      According to the black panthers the race war has begun.. won't see that on CNN tho..

      April 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Person

        The black panthers? Really? Are you still reliving the 60s?

        April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • RedCitizen

        You should educate yourself.. Get off CNN.. your only getting 25% of the news.. Im sure you think I'm directing you to Fox. You may be surprised to know I'm not. There is ACTUAL news available to you. Look for it. This JUST happened.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      I don't think we're actually close to civil war. But a combination of the Internet and right-wing political strategy has empowered some pretty nasty people to shoot their mouths off.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      @Philo Van Rood,
      "Keep pushing, bigots. See what happens."

      ... and you added this, why? just to prove your point?

      April 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RedCitizen

    I don't pity blacks, browns, whites, nor any other shade of people anymore. It's insulting to the race as a whole to pity them. There's plenty of black guys who aren't crying in the corner cause there might be an anonymous hate monger spewing ignorance on the net.. It happens, it happens to everyone of every shade for every reason. Political hate, racial hate, regional hate, even good ol fashioned hate just to be hating. Gamers hate on each other fro the smallest of reasons. In life, sometimes in order to thrive, you have to get your head up, get out of the nonsense and back to what matters. Stop letting these people get to you.. stop being children.. sticks and stones are far greater adversaries. At some point, it starts to seem as if you yourself are ashamed of who you are..

    April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. ---man

    I am a black man does that mean I am automatically disadvanged, eager to go on government assistance, have 20 kids by 20 women, agree with Al Sharpton, is going to steal your car, rob your house or have a criminal record?

    Know me first please don't judge me as like anyone else or some sterotype.

    I am a black man or African/Cherokee Indian decent (My grandmother lives on a reservation)
    I have a BE degree in Computer Engineering
    I own my own home
    I am married
    I have 3 kids by the same woman
    I have never been in jail
    I don't hit or subjectify women
    I don't do drugs of any kind
    I don't look up to drug dealers
    I donate money or time to various charities
    My oldest is currently in College on an Acedemic Scholarship not athetic
    My son plays the violin and piano
    My two daugters are taking piano, claronet and violin lessons
    I speak English and Spanish
    I drive an affordable car not flashy
    I have never been on any type of Government assistance
    I retired from the military but the military did not pay for my education
    I have been to deployed to Gulf War/Enduring Freedom/Panama
    I earn $100k+/yr
    Al Sharpton gets on my nerves sometimes
    I did not wear a hoodie when Al Sharpton did nor do I wear one now
    I do listen to rap and r&B but I also enjoy classical, jazz, pop, country, latin and raegae) . My last concert was Keiko Matsui a jazz pianist who has been featured with the NY Philharmonic.

    I actually think the Treyvonn case although tragic is a case of duel fault (Zimmerman should've fell back and let the police do the actual police work such as questioning suspects and Treyvonn should have attempted to get away. The stand your ground law as it is written in Florida invites confrontation and basically legalizes no fault murder. Food for thought: Zimmerman followed and confronted the guy as protection for the community (No fault killing based on the law. Treyvonn was being followed and even if he did have Zimmerman on the ground and was beating him based on the law he didn't have to run or attempt to get away but had the right to defend himself wherever he stood. Based on the law that case was winner take all. Do I think Zimmerman should go to jail....Yes. My reasoning is because he was instructed to not follow or get out of the car therefore in my opinion he withdrew his write to claim Stand Your Ground no matter the outcome.)

    I am a black man and I'm sorry but I do get slightly offended when I read these things and I am being categorized or lumped into a group and being said to be lazy, shiftless on welfare etc....I wouldn't say all white people are clansmen or are liars or enjoy in-breeding although I do know some that actually do fall into those categories.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      I am caucasian and I feel your pain. It is disturbing to see so many draw clear lines in the Trayvon case when you have nailed it! It's a dual fault which means that Z should be held accountable for his part. Trayvon is dead and paid the ultimate price for his misdeed in all of this. I am ashamed to be caucasian when I read the horrible, horrible rants that some people put on here. I am also ashamed when those who claim to be african american do the same. Bottom line people, there is NO excuse for bad behavior and we're not talking about free speech, we're talking about common decency and courtesy! So you're not religious? Fine, there is no need to dress down another poster for posting that info. So you think Zimmerman shouldn't be charged? Fine, then keep your opinion to just that rather than show your inner ugly and proving your ignorance with your racist rants! The time will come when you will have to keep it a deep dark secret if you're KKK. Same goes for any other hate group. Your numbers grow less and less. Now, if all communities will not let the children grow up to hate because of a FEW who hate them (two wrongs don't make a right). Then we'll be golden! Racism can and should die! I am going to be honest here, I don't understand how an african american can even speak to us the way some caucasians act, but I am truly grateful that not all hate us! Racism is repulsive regardless of which side of the fence originates it. And it's repulsive to let communities raise generation after generation who will allow themselves to be affected negatively by it! All in all the commentary on CNN about most things remind me of when I was a kid. The significant insult to throw at somebody was "yo granny wear combat boots" and that was fighting words! And the stuff on here is just as silly and rings the same in my head. Laughable...if it weren't so dealy!

      April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • KindaSorta

      By all accounts I would say that makes you good man. I hope you have a great day!

      April 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      You can be my neighbor and friend anytime.. In addition, I would hope for the same respect in turn. Because i know as a person you put at least as much effort into your success as I did. I think that all the people who are tired of the whining and blame(AKA racist) are saying. What you explain makes all the difference in how you are looked at as a person, regardless of your skin color. Just saying

      April 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • ---man

        I work alot so I like peace and quiet when I get home. I can honestly say my neighborhood is very diverse and I picked the neighborhood because of that. I don't hang out outside all night nor do I allow my children to. Like I said I'm a man first my color is something I was born with and I can't change but I can change some peoples perception of at least 5 people of color; me, my wife and my 3 children. I believe if all did the same we'd have that true melting pot that is spoken of at the Statue of Liberty.

        April 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.CRUZ

      I agree with everything you said expect Trayvon Martin did try to get away. Zimmerman even said on the 911 tape that Trayvon had begun to run. There is no evidence that Trayvon beat Zimmerman. It will be interesting to see if Zimmerman has any medical records to prove he was beaten. The beating he decribes he received from Trayvon should have been evident on the police station video – it was not.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • ---man

        I say that because if Treyvon tried to get away and according to the tape Z said he was getting away and my assumption is Treyvonn doubled back or, let's say T turned the corner and that's when he lost him. When Z got to the corner that's when the face-face ocurred. You have to look at it and try to figure out how they ended up standing toe-toe unless 1. Zimmerman ran to corner to try and catch up. 2. Treyvonn didn't go anywhere when he turned the corner. The facts that we have seen or heard aren't clear on that.

        Like I said based on Florida law Treyvonn didn't have to run and when confronted by some unknown, unidentified assailant (Z was an assailant because he is not a cop, security guard nor did he have anything that readily identified him as part of security for the community) T had the right to Stand His Ground and defend himself.

        Here's the case in my opinion.
        Can a possible mugger kill his victim and claim self defense? To me if Zimmerman is not found liable in any way in Florida a mugger can claim self defense. (You are being followed by some random person unknown to you; the guy catches up to you and a stuffle ensues; you are getting the best of the mugger and he shoots you.) Since there is no evidence that Zimmerman identified himself as community watch my scenario is very similar.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEELWOLVES

      Well – aren't you just wonderful ! I bet most of it is not true anyways.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • ---man

        Is it hard for you to believe that a person of color is more than a thug trying to get something for nothing? That we all aren't just hanging around waiting for a handout from the rest of society?

        You sir seem to be the very person that I like to me so you can see I am an American first and my skin pigmentation has nothing to do with the way I live, carry myself, my value system or my intellect.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        @STEELWOLVES,
        Well done! ... if your point was to demonstrate your own idiocy, well done.

        April 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. multi-racial rainbow

    Nice article the only thing is about Jesus being a minority. Ethnically yes but not racially. Jews are considered white and they have blond hair and blue eyes or brown hair and brown eyes. Overall, when people are spewing hate they should consider how they want to be treated, how they want their children treated or what about their mom or father. If someone cannot get past someone's differences no need to hate, just stay away from that person, they will not care.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. BiteMe

    Horrible article. No facts, no numbers, no citations, no concrete data, just "Me and my mama in 1980."

    One could argue the first amendment applies to this, but even so, people are afraid to speak their mind because of the norms of society and fear of prosecution. Because we are molded into a civilization that has to accept certain values, and it is further perpetuated by our media. Everyday we are bombarded with "news" articles cherry picked from various outlets that are written to make us feel guilty and sympathize with the victim, even if we don't agree with it.

    Thanks to the internet, the people once again have a medium to voice their opinions and speak their mind on how they *truly* feel about the subject at hand. Ever wondered why when you step into a gymnasium, auditorium, or some other building to give a speech or lecture and ask for questions, comments, thoughts, opinions, 9 out of 10 times no one will dissent with you or you have to try really hard to "get the crowd going" to speak up? No one wants to be in the spotlight or all attention on them if they disagree. This is the beauty of the internet because you get a *real* idea on how people differ with your thoughts and opinions.

    People like the woman who wrote this article are the reason why web sites are now requiring registration via personal details like social security number,address, phone number, etc. before you can join a community, order services, etc. and why bills like SOPA and PIPA are introduced. It's also the reaosn why our politicians are pushing anti-bullying bills to "protect" people from harmless anonymous people. You call it "hate" but it's no more than graffiti on a bathroom wall. If some text on your screen really hurts you that much emotionally, I'd suggest logging off Facebook, turning off your computer, and step outside more often.

    What people always fail to realize is America is NOT a *free* country if you keep pushing for protection and regulation. Being able to speak your mind and say what you want is one of the core principles of our nation.

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

      "Being able to speak your mind and say what you want is one of the core principles of our nation."

      But ramming that POV down someone else's throat or irresponsibly spewing intentionally hurtful as well as innaccurate comments is NOT a core principle of any civilized nation. If you can't be responsible when expressing opinions, you don't have a right to them.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        "If you can't be responsible when expressing opinions, you don't have a right to them."
        Sorry, I didn't realize one had to be responsible in order to have an opinion, or express it. Who determines who is responsible enough to have an opinion?

        The "core principle" is that everyone have the right to speak. The only qualification are on that is whether someone is harmed in a legal sense, e.g. shouting fire in a crowded room or slander/libel/etc..

        The best response to disagreeable speech is more speech, not more laws.

        April 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.CRUZ

      This is one woman's personal experience. That doesn't make it any less valid.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • STEELWOLVES

        Did you ever consider that she may have made up that story? It wouldn't surprizee me one bit. She is a "religous leader" you know. . .

        April 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        @STEELWOLVES,
        "Did you ever consider that she may have made up that story? It wouldn't surprizee me one bit. She is a "religous leader" you know. . ."

        I have to wonder why you would even consider this.
        There is no way possible to verify it.
        Even if it is 100% ficti.tious (that means fake by the way), it does not detract from the article's point at all, because there are probably thousands of stories that portray the same ignorance and bigotry.
        And, it is an opinion piece about the effects of anonymity, not a logical proof.

        I suspect that your point is to attempt to discredit the opinion by discrediting the author by portraying her as a liar. But that would just make your argument weaker, as it is an Ad Hominem fallacy, which just makes you look silly (yes, that's a little Ad Hominem too.)

        April 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      i agree completely! "whaaa someone said something mean about me on the internet!" you are exposing yourself to the internet not the other way around. dont like free speech? go a country without it.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      It's an opinion piece... and a well written one too. Not that I agree with her points, necessarily, but a good article none the less.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pchsbenz

    200+ years of oppression + dog whistles + systemic disenfranchisement (H.R. Halderman, Chief of Staff for Pres. Nixon "The whole problem is the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.") Thus, you have so many people saying racism doesn't exist yet it really does. Then you wonder why there is such distrust and hatred. Not saying that I agree b/c I don't, I'm in love with cultural diversity! I think they kinda have a reason but they really should learn to deal with it and move beyond it.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. EliminateJudicialImmunity

    Actually, I have demanded justice against criminals acting as judges and lawyers and been ignored. Now, I hate. get the math? YOU OWN IT. Change the broken judicial system – you can start by outlawing "immunity from prosecution". It enables judges behaving as tyrants who deny due process with a smirk.

    I'm not anonymous. The FBI agrees with me. So start with this seminal improvement: Eliminate judicial immunity. It is essential. Until then, I'll hate all of you for doing NOTHING.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • R.CRUZ

      Hatred is like cancer it eats you up inside and doesn't harm the one you hate.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Adam

    Good article except for the Jesus parts. Jesus, and Christianity, is a good example of what divides us as a nation. Those that follow in the Christian teachings all interpret them a bit different from one another. And most warn of fire and brimstone if you don't follow it their way.

    The younger generation is less religious, and more tolerant than the older generations. And then next generation after them will also be less religious and more tolerant.

    As a society, we must keep push tolerance and respect for all rather than religion, which is destructive.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. How is this New?

    Really CNN? How is this NEW? Ooh, here's something new for you CNN, Car Phones.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. ambi taylor

    I find it interesting the author married a white man...wonder if what that little boy shouted so long ago made her not like herself? Not saying that everyone who marries a white person is doing it to feel differently about themselves I wonder about the author because I know she had to encounter a WHOLE lot of racism growing up where she did. If I encountered that kind of racism yeah it might turn me off from being open marrying white. Then again maybe her husband is just an awesome human being who approached and treated her right.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. Blah

    How come there's never an article posted by CNN about race by a white man?

    April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Spider Rico

      Because commentary on race more relevant coming from those segregated from the power structure, and from those being persecuted because they are a minority.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • R.CRUZ

        There are loads of comments from whites right here on this board and under similar articles - so they are engaged in the conversation.

        April 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEELWOLVES

      Chances are if CNN did such a story by such a man he would either be gay or have a last name like "Rubinowitz".

      April 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rick

    That was a nice article, even though I'm agnostic and believe that Jesus was just a Jewish guys with good intentions. Anyway, stopping racism will take many years and tougher laws against hate motivated crimes. Eventually most people will be of mixed race in this country and racists will be a very small minority that will die out, but until then, we need to be tougher against racist people (whether they are whites, blacks, Hispanic, or Asians). Using racial slurs, for example, should be punishable with a $2000 fine for the first offense, then fine and probation, and then jail time for a third offense. The KKK and those New Black Panther guys should be labeled terrorist organizations and their members be sent to Guantanamo.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. bspurloc

    welcome to the internet.... It has 100% been anonymous till people who dont know anything showed up and started giving websites their SS's bdates's home phones address's SIMPLY because they want to say Hi to someone in a forum.
    Social Networks are NOT new.... Social Networking was IRC Chat rooms and before that routed relay forum posts on BBS's all done ANONYMOUSLY... back when people KNEW not to expose themselves to loons....

    April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • BiteMe

      Precisely. I was probably a bit too young to fully understand the internet back in the early 90's with the BBS's and IRC, but I have noticed a trend with more and more people getting "offended" at online remarks and it's mostly social networking sites. It's like once the internet was user-friendly enough and widespread, all the average naive people thought the joys and tolerance of real life would carry over onto the internet, and boy were they wrong. Compare how many news stories about cyber bullying are published today versus the amount published in the 90's or hell, even the early 2000's. People need to learn the internet is a tool for anonymity, and if the person is someone you do not know, take their word with a grain of salt.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. Hilikus00

    While the anonymity of the internet does make it easier for people to spout their socially unacceptable views...I don't think this situation is quite what it seems.

    Trolling...people who will say anything to get a rise out of someone. Kids who don't know the power of words. Adults who say it is just words on a screen, totally forgetting the fact that there is a human being on the other end of that screen. Technological emotional disconnect and ignorance. Sad, and angry at the world people feeling powerful at getting a rise out of so many. To so many, the hatred has NOTHING to do about the subject, and all about the impact they have on other humans. It's a game to them. They can just as easily be labeled as cowards, but their purpose is a different kind of evil than the actual words on the screen seem to suggest.

    This is not to say that racists don't exist on the internet...especially these day when any ignorant fool can get easy access to the internet...I just don't think it is as truly rampant as it appears.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • BiteMe

      Agreed. It amazes me how little my friends and family know about "trolling." They take everything any one person says as 100% honest and truthful. How does the old saying go? "Don't feed the troll." I've never seen people, mostly naive facebook users, get so riled up and go on a rampage arguing against someone because of a stupid 20-character post some anonymous stranger posted that they don't know or never had contact with. It gets really funny when it start spemming your news feed and go one for hours, if not days. If more people realized that if they ignored the trolls, as in, simply don't respond or acknowledge them, the influx of troll posts would probably decrease, or least, for your forum or feeds.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. NorCalMojo

    Before we start a new witch hunt for people who post comments online, why not address the more flagrant abuses we saw from high profile celebrities?

    Is making a comment on CNN worse than sending out someones address on Twitter?

    Choosing to focus only on white racists is just more of the hypocritical puritanism that is making people hateful again.

    If racism is really bad, it should be condemned whatever the color of the racist. If you only target one race as racists, you're a racist and condemning racists just make you look like a particularly stupid racist.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      referring to people are black or white is racist in itself.... I am of Sicilian heritage i am not WHITE dont call me white u racist.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Are you darker than Zimmerman?

      If you get into a scrape and end up shooting a black kid, you'll be written up as white to suit the narrative. You'll be a white-sicilian.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • gdaym8

      Well said.......

      April 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. Guest

    The writer assumes that the "the guy in the next cubicle" is in the same country and male. Maybe some of the hateful comments are meant to divde and incite by your enemies no matter what race you are.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  23. agnostic

    Multiculturalism is a laughable fraud.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosey Goodman

      Why?

      April 18, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I wanna know why too?

      There are places all over the world where multi-culteralism does fine. It just needs to be more about respect for the person that fear about any affect they may have on us.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. Santa

    I do agree that not having to reveal your real name and location does lead to nasty comments that people would otherwise not write but this article uses no facts and is way too preachy. WWJD....give me a break....

    April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  25. INTERESTING

    As an African American male, it's been horrifying witnessing such negative comments in cyberspace. Growing up in the south, I was used to it, however, I thought and believed we have progressed. I've witnessed every time there is an article and the subject at hand is African American, no matter what the topic, there are multiple negative comments. I almost dread scrolling down to read comments. I do so out of curiosity and maybe hope that this time it will be different. It never is.

    I would like to think there is good in all of us, but I have my doubts. I look at the world much differently now that I can witness inner thoughts of secret racists spewing hate on every website who may be sitting next to me in my office.

    Great article, it is something that many of my friends have discussed for quite some time.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      I do not think the comment sections reveal the secret inner thoughts of the average person. Most people are not posting in the comment section. Of those who do there are a lot who are just trolls meaning they post obnoxious things to get a rise out of others. Some come here from an extreme hate website in a group. They are fringe but post as average Americans. most people are not like that! Really! I am white and I am and always have been totally opposed to racism. I'm very sorry you have read those types of comments. Please know that most people are not like that.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • INTERESTING

        @BETH. Thanks your comment. I hope you are right!!

        April 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivnprt

      Seems like you have placed doubt in yourself and your fellow man. If that is so than the racists and their movements

      have won.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • INTERESTING

        @ivnprt. I don't doubt myself. I am just disgusted with ignorant/insensitive behavior of any race.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      I was raised in the south, too...in a bubble. We didn't have "white" kids and "black" kids. We had friends whose skin was a different color just like hair is, in general. But our minds were alike and we didn't segregate ourselves, we were all just kids. Although that allowed me to grow up somewhat naive, I am grateful that I learned that early and I can truthfully say that I do not participate in racist behavior. If only I could rewind things and let everyone grow up with that early teaching that I am so grateful for.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Starman

    It is used to *hate* and many other things. People are finally *free* from being bound by things in greater society that they don't agree with for good and bad. Atheists are exploding on the internet because they are no longer under the local oppression of the religion dominant in their area. They can express their beliefs in an open manor without social scorning. Religionists may thing this is *mean* because they cant see past their own noises but its a giant leap in people ability to have FREEDOM.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • RespectForALLLife

      If you are fair you'll admit that it's a2-way street! Please don't be another 'victim' of hate! We ALL do it.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dodd, T

    People say, on the internet, what they wish they could say in their daily lives.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  28. davedave2

    Do you understand what "racist" means? If you say "all Blacks are..." then you are a racist. Try to judge individuals on the content of the character, not skin color. For example President Obama is a good man who launched the attack that finally got Osama bin Laden. George W. Bush let Osama Bin Laden attack our country despite having warning, then he let Bin Laden escape while pursuing a pointless war in Iraq.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • summer

      This is an article about racism, not politics. and FYI: Obama took 2 more years to add more troops in Afghanistan and now more have died. Friends of mine are dead because he did not pull them out. So don't put it all on prior pres, they are all screwed up. and it had nothing to do with race what so ever.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • RespectForALLLife

      Sorry to burst your bubble but Obama got a lucky break – he didn't DO anything. A snitch betrayed OBL; the Military planned it; the SEALS completed the mission. All Obama did was nod!

      April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. NorCalMojo

    The real question is why do people feel the need for anonymity.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      In a word, "cowardice."

      April 18, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Beth

        That's putting it nicely.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • keithandshawn

        I agree, definitely cowardice

        April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      I was actually thinking of the word: "persecution".

      April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve-In-MA

      Spam. Stalkers.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • RespectForALLLife

      These are opinion pages!!!!!!! Some comments are informative and genuine – some are not. You win some, you lose some.

      I f people had to give their names and addresses, they'd be open to intolerant nutters. I'd be happy to say anything I put on here to any of you face-to-face. It's not cowardice, it's a way of joining in what SHOULD be meaningful conversations.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    I wonder if the people who invented the Internet ever foresaw that it would become the electronic equivalent of a restroom wall.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • M Houston

      The people who invented the internet didn't envisage it becoming available to the public.
      It was "stolen" from the "inventors" by a bunch of nasty adolescents in garages (who
      have subsequently gone on to great fame and fortune). And you're right. They turned
      it into an outhouse wall of nastiness...

      April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. really?

    Thank you for proving the author's point.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  32. FlyNavy

    I find it interesting that the author is so "surprised" by the evil words/actions of the Christians. I'm also wondering who this caring and good Jesus is? Certainly not the Jesus of the New Testament.

    Jesus was one of the most evil characters in religious fiction. Today, his followers take pride in presenting him as a loving, caring, mild-mannered desert magician/redeemer, but in reality he was cruel and vengeful. He is the first to mention “hell” in the Bible (Matthew 5:22, Mark 9:43, Mar 9:43-44, Mark 9:45). The context is always the same—it’s a consequence for not abiding by his/God’s commands. The threat is used to influence behavior and this makes him cruel and evil in my opinion. He does not love unconditionally as he is portrayed. His daddy/he establishes an unrealistic set of rules and then threatens to cast us to hellfire for eternal torture if we do not abide them. This is the epitome of love with condition.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • FlyNavy

      The morality of Jesus teachings is at best dubious. Jesus is both tolerant and categorically intolerant in his teachings. Sometimes he shows signs of social consciousness; sometimes he is completely without such. Sometimes he reacts like a furious four-year-old when he does not get things his way, (ex: the fig tree story (Mt. 21:18-19, Mk 11:12-14.)), he renounce his closest relatives (Mt. 12:46-50; Mk 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21.) and he constantly threaten people with eternal torture in hell. To threaten people with eternal burning in hell for not believing in him as the true son of God, is not a particular ethical thing to do by any standard.

      He tells his disciples to turn the other cheek, but he also tells them to slay his enemies before him. (Luke 19:27). He says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Mt. 7:1) but Jesus himself judge all his opponents and enemies (usually to eternal torture in Hell) all the time. "He that is not with me is against me" (Mt. 12:30). He says "…but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [to his brother], shall be in danger of hell fire. (Mt. 5:22), but then Jesus himself calls people "Fool" on several occasions (Mt 23:17, Luke 11:40; 24:25).

      Other teachings of Jesus bother me as well. Two teachings of Jesus Christ which spoil his divinity and love, and stain his image proving him to be a narrow-minded bronzed age patriarch, are where he neglects to publicly condemn slavery (something a compassionate and loving person filled with righteousness could not feel free to be remiss about) and where he talks about hell. I will address the former teaching first.

      Although Jesus does admonish violence in the NT, he doesn't go far enough to admonish the practice of slavery. When it comes to his thoughts on slavery he merely adds the nicety that one should not beat their slaves brutally but according to what they deserve (Luke 12:45-48).

      A Christian Minister once pointed out to me that Luke 12:42-49 is a parable—and that it was meant to be read metaphorically not literally—and asserted that my taking it out of context was causing me to miss the point Jesus was getting at. I am sorry, but I was retaining the historical context–whereas the minister was forgetting all about it and supplanting it with an invented theological context. Such an objection is only a form of apologetics. My criticism here is directed at the fact that Jesus, as a moral teacher, seems to accept slavery as a cultural facet.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • DP

        You're a victim of Christendom's lies.

        Jesus couldn't have taught about a hell fire because such a notion didn't exist in Jewish tradition. The idea of a hell and eternal torment was debunked at the end of the 19th century. If you don't know that, I suggest you do a little research. You're a century and a half behind the times.

        The idea of an 'eternal' hell fire was injected into the belief system after the death of the apostles; as was predicted by Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians, second chapter. In that letter he warns of a great apostasy that would corrupt the truth.

        As for slavery and the Jews, do some research, it'll do you good.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • DP

        Your friend was 100% correct when he told you that you were taking Luke 12:45-48 out of context and not understanding its true intent.

        Jesus was IN NO WAY condoning slavery. To think that he did is a reach, at best. He was using the words cited above to illustrate a context that was well-known the the people of his time. Slavery was a fact of daily life in the Jerusalem of Jesus' day. He wasn't going to use an illustration about 21st century Wall St scams, but one that was palpable and very real to the average listener; and one that would hit home.

        More specifically, he used the illustration in Luke to show how those who've MISUSED "christianity" to hurt others would hava a MUCH HIGHER price to pay: ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants". Those words clearly point to the churches of Christiandom, specially those during the time of the Inquisition and in more recent times to those who allow inmoral practices to take place in the name of the "Lord".

        So, in a sense, you are correct. Christendom has indeed taught lies and propagated teachings that make Jesus look less than favorable. BUT, those that have done that WILL PAY. Wouldn't you call that JUSTICE? I surely do!

        With all due respect, if I may say: you're a bit behind the times with some of your thinking There are millions who've come to the truth. A lot of what you're complaining about has been cleared up and addressed many decades ago. But, it's up to YOU to do the research and find the truth. It's there; now you gotta go GET IT! 😉

        April 18, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        @DP,
        I'm not sure "culture context" is sufficient for that passage. Although, that may be the intent of the parable, the effect is to condone the insti.tution by its very use as an acceptable "context." In other words by accepting the context He is accepting the insti.tution. For us mere mortals, cultural context is fine, but for Christ/God/whatever that seems a very limited perspective.

        Not to mention that if God/Christ/Whatever thinks slavery is wrong, like say eating pork or working on sabbath or exchanging money in the Temple, you'd think He would have said *something* about it. Like, "Guys, it's not really nice to own a fellow human being and treat them like property."
        That is unless you think God is okay with slavery. Many have agreed with that position and found it consistent with the Bible.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      From the very first human encounter with their Creator, there has ALWAYS been a condition placed on those created. That has NOTHING to do with love. Humankind has been polluted with a sinful nature ever since that first failure. We have only one escape from an eternal separation from our Creator, and that is trust and faith in the price that Jesus Christ paid for us on a cross 2000 years ago. God initiated the remedy for our rebellious nature just as he initiated our being. That is love.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • FlyNavyAgain

        I recognize that not all of Jesus teachings are bad. I am only citing this example to show that Jesus was not the perfect moral teacher that so many Christians claim he was.
        Because Jesus never denounce slavery, however, it lead to the Christian world being largely apathetic about the practice.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Rosey Goodman

        Fractured fairy tales.....

        April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • keithandshawn

      I'll pray for you.....

      April 18, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  33. Anon

    Nobody is fully anonymous. If it is something serious or life threatening the FBI can easily find out where the location of that person's computer where it was posted(i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr).

    April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • bloodforcetrauma

      Actually you're wrong... If they use a proxy I'm pretty sure they can't be located. And I've never read any articles or anything about those who do Online bullying being arrested and charged with the murder of the online kid they bullied.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Hope

        Trust me...you can be found online! And it's not as hard as you think.

        April 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. pccoder

    Great article. I actually read the entire article. Most articles don't typically get the same attention from me. Very well stated. And, I'm an atheist. Despite what I believe, the message remains the same. Treat people well. Respect and love your neighbor, as you'd hope he would you.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Thank you for that! You took something away from the article without trashing the parts you didn't particularly like.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Roger in Florida

    And you perpetuate the issue. There is no such thing as an African-American. You either are an American or your not. If you have to have a prequalifier then call your self Black-American. Besides, most blacks could not locate Africa on a map. (Or whites for that matter)

    April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      Wow Roger, than you for your intelligent input. Why I do believe you just proved the point of the article!

      April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • TheHeretic

        I never thought I'd see the day when someone calling for equality is labeled racist.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosey Goodman

      Wow.....

      April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  36. Matthew

    I am white, grew up in the south, and conservative but I cannot understand the hate for black people. They are a lot of times better Christians then my fellow white people. I think a lot of these comments on the internet are not serious, however, as people a lot of times say comments because they are forbidden. A lot of race jokes are passed around because they are taboo more then serious. Still shouldn't say them at all. A lot of people on the internet have no life and just want to say terrible things to upset you. Best thing to do is ignore them and don't give them the satisfaction of knowing they upset you. Not sure this article will help, it may only add fuel to these "trolls"

    April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      So "trolls" is the official term for them? I like it!

      April 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  37. MistahBurns

    Thank you for your attempt to address a potentially significant and growing issue in this country/world. But next time please do not assume that everyone in this world is Christian, in doing so, to a certain extent you espouse what you are trying to address and end in your article.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • ambi taylor

      she said "and most call themselves Christians...check their page."

      April 18, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      That was the one negative about the article–it was written as though the reader is Christian and not all of us are. Otherwise it was a good article.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Peace Lilly

        She was christian, you are not. Are you saying you are not intelligent enough to glean the good from the article because she mentioned that "horrible" christian word? Ya' don't say!

        April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  38. billy bob

    hate is the prefered way to communicate now among many people. we have come so far..... I have read so much hate on all sides. maybe we have not traveled far enough.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  39. emil

    So how do you feel then about DAniel Adkins of Arizona?

    How do ANY of you feel?

    Google him.

    He was unarmed and shot. Except like Trayvon Martin, he didn't happen to assault the idiot who approached him in the first place. He wasn't asking for trouble. He was walking his dog, almost got hit by a car and a black guy got out and shot him. Then had his girlfriend LIE to police.

    Where is the outcry for justice for this man. For all your elloquence about race and hate, You failed to acknowledge the bigger picture. You don't like the way black people are calling for violence on the web but You don't exactly condemn it do you?

    And you don't even begin to acknowledge how much of that pure hatred is spewed by black church going christians, who jive up a storm and talk a good game but, then smile at the thought of violence.

    If you really meant what you wrote, this article would not state things that EVERYBODY already knew 5 years ago.

    Instead, you'd address the iussue of the bounty on Zimmermans' head, or Daniel Adkins, or how it was inappropriate for Obama to speak on this matter and fan the flames, or even how the media is gettiung people all riled up to start a rqce war so tjhey have something to cover.

    You might even write about how, unless you KNEW or are RELATED to Martin or Zimmerman, this does not effect your life ONE bit. It doesn't help pay your bills, or feed your family, so WHY DO YOU CARE AT ALL? ReallY?

    Hell if you were feeling really adventerous, you'd write about how white people, now have to be afraid of being attacked going home from work, because people see it as payback. Kind of like free shot day in Detroit.

    But you won't, cause You don't really care or mean what you say.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • emil

      UN LIKE trayvon

      damn auto correct

      April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • jimmyj

        its a short life, cheer up.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      Are you STILL ranting on this? Maybe people won't answer you because you are forcing it down their throat!!!!

      April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
      • DANA222

        But he is right.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Hope

        No, he's not right. This story has NOTHING to do with what he has been ranting for days now! He takes this rant to every article he can find that gives him an opportunity to inject it. Let it go or find the appropriate article to post it in. This one isn't it!

        April 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hope

        This story has NOTHING to do with what he has been ranting for days now! He takes this rant to every article he can find that gives him an opportunity to inject it. Let it go or find the appropriate article to post it in. This one isn't it!

        April 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • davedave2

      thanks for the anonymous post

      April 18, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Hironimus-Wendt

      @ emil – What do you mean when you say "you" and "ANY of you"? Are you assuming all people of color are the same? And are you assuming that your own ethnic group is monolithic?

      April 18, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  40. Sam Morgan

    Thank you very much for this article. It is the most thoughtfully presented editorial piece that CNN.com has run all year long. I look forward to reading more articles by this author.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  41. Glenn

    Don't say it online if you wouldn't be prepared to say it someone's face... Is a good way to act.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Sadly, there are a lot of cowards who don't have the sand to say these things in anything other than a nameless faceless anonymous forum. Some people just can't bear to show their true selves in public so they do it here. Gutless.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • billy bob

      AMEN!! To eveyone...

      April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Stinson

      Except people are stupid. If someone is acting like a blabbering child, you should correct them. Then again, you wouldn't walk up to a 6'5 black man talking about the devil, and tell him he's insane. It's just common sense. That's why the internet is so great. You can express your opinions without having to worry about someone attacking you with a knife.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  42. Yankee61

    As a white individual, I too have experienced the hatred of people online not because of my color but for other reasons such as political views and exercising my right as a U.S. citizen to voice my opinion. Hate is not limited to color - especially online. Why can't we all just get along and accept others for their opinions? That is the world I want to live in and raise my children, grandchildren...

    April 18, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  43. WHOAMI

    I was born and raised in AMERICA however my heritage is Native American, Irish, Hungarian and Spanish. I'm classified as caucassion or white.
    The term African American should ONLY be used by those who truly came to America from Africa to become African Americans those born here are AMERICAN's
    Hmmm I guess I could be an other 🙂

    April 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      Not sure what your point is...could it have served a better purpose if you posted it on your facebook page?

      April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      sim simmah, who took dem keys for my bimmah?

      April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  44. Lars Babaganoosh

    Maybe because posting online is a way for people to actually express their opinions because g0d forbid you do so anywhere else.

    It's scary that people are so blind that they think the few random posts online represent a minority of opnion. While it may be a minority opinion it's a LARGE minority opinion. The fact is the internet is an outlet for these opinions to get out because U.S. society has become a place where having an opinion will get you fired or killed.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • dkm

      It's an outlet for cowards when they refuse to identify themselves!

      April 18, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Everything in Moderation

      Never mind that hatred and the concept of supremacy over other ethnicities is destructive to a society, it's not even true that the U.S.A. is a dangerous place for such opinions. You might be chafed that spewing hatred, like releasing gas in an elevator is responded to with offence, but that's irrational.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bob

    Jesus would not care as he died over 2000 years ago and has long since rotted away.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Nope... Jesus never did rot away... He lives... and you will face Him... like it or not.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Stinson

        I would love to tell Jesus what a terrible job he has done the last 2000 years. Nothing makes me think more about Jesus than the entire Bible Belt and their good ol' fashioned lynching and racism.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • BiteMe

        I don't believe in him personally, but if I ever do end up facing him, I'd like to ask him how satisfied he is with the failure of the world.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peace Lilly

        Like it or not, Jesus is not to blame for mankind's indiscretions. Mankind is to blame for all the nastiness in the world. Just because some haters hide behind religion doesn't necessarily make that religion wrong, just the churches supporting it. If this world would live by the teachings of Jesus, you would see none of the nastiness we endure on a daily basis. It doesn't even matter if you believe in Jesus or not. His teachings are of love, tolerance, and kindness. How can you go wrong with that? You can attach any label to that and make it work.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. that's a reflection on them, not you.

    that's a reflection on them, not you. still pretty scary though.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  47. DH

    Just because someone calls them-self a christian doesn't mean that Jesus considers that person a christian. A lot of people hide behind the label of "christian" but don't really know what it really means to be christian.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. reeves46

    What a thoughtful and much needed article. My son has been reading comments left on articles aout Travon Martin and at one part was brought to tears. He wanted to know what had black people done that was so bad to cause all of the white people to hate us. I told him that there are good and bad in every race; however, cowardly and immature hate mongers have chosen the easy route to spew hate. I told him that most people don't feel that way. Besides, mentally healthy and mature people don't have time to sit and argue back and forth with attention seeking hate trolls. I think he understood but these posts do have an impact. The last thing I want my son to do is to return hate for hate. He is my son and so much better than behavior like that.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • TheHeretic

      You need to stop watching the news. George Zimmerman was half white and half hispanic, though, you don't hear too much about the latter. I don't agree with what happened because I don't know what happened, this is the stance that most people should take on this case. It seems that as soon as it happened the media had already convicted Zimmerman and then played on people's sympathy by showing an out-dated picture of Trayvon. That is not honest journalism, and it's not just CNN, either.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • DH

      Racism will always exist. Like in the article the KKK father was teaching his son to hate. That boy will continue that trend; a trend the certainly started generations before his time. You are right, there are good and bad in all races. It's up to us as parents to do are best to teach are children to love our neighbor and judge based on the color of skin.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      You tell your son that not all people are mean and hateful. You also tell him that some of us out here wish he didn't have to see all the mean things that humans do to one another. It's up to his and future generations to fix what those now cannot fix. Maybe they can finally get it done.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. svann

    Maybe this is a good thing as it allows us to see that the problem does still exist.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  50. Thayer

    I agree with the article that people hide behind their internet handle and definitely say what they wouldn't to someones face. But the article, like the media always is, only targets Whites as the racists. Big surprise huh? I have seen many, many Blacks as racist as the most hardened KKK members on the internet. But of course, that is completely ignored.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Look again

      No Thayer, look again. The author makes a very pointed statement to African Americans about their own behavior. She does not try to pretend hate is a byproduct of whiteness, as you imply. Instead, she asks blacks to take a look at the actions and images they generate about themselves, and hold themselves accountable for their choices. She plainly states she is not proud of the manner in which blacks have optioned the death of Trayvon Martin, making it about whites instead of about George Zimmerman. If you read this and walked away feeling bitter, I invite you to look again.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • SactownJack

      The story is about all hate not just white-black hate. She was speaking from her own experience. You are the one who only sees one side.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      PEOPLE USE THE INTERNET TO EXPRESS THEIR HATE ???? WHAT IS HATE ??? FREEDOM OF SPEECH HATE ??? WHAT YOU SEE AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH ? OTHERS COULD SEE IT AS HATE....AMERICANS ARE CALLED HATEFUL AND BIGOTS BY MEXICANS , WHY ? THEY WANT THEIR GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAWS IN THE BOOKS...THAT IS NOT HATE, BUT TO THEM ? IS HATE.......WHAT MEXICANS CONSIDER HATE ?? IS NOT HATE TO AMERICANS...

      April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      AGAIN, NO ONE IS AFRAID TO SAY WHAT THEY THINK TO YOUR FACE, THEY DON'T WANT TO GET IN A FIST FIGHT -OR-GET ARRESTED....DUH..COMMENT SENSE...IF I WAS TO SAY TO A GROUP OF MEXICANS GO BACK TO MEXICO TO THEIR FACES ? I WOULD BE IN A FIST FIGHT–AND ARRESTED......DUH, IS COMMENT SENSE , NOT BEING AFRAID.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lambie

    This may seem off topic but, I love being an American. I am so proud to be a part of a nation that allows people to mouth off at will and hate with impunity. As well they should!

    April 18, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • dkm

      Really "Lambie?" Would you have said that if we could actually identify who you are???

      April 18, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK MY MIND IN PUBLIC ? BUT IF YOU DID THAT ? YOU BE IN A FIST FIGHT A FEW TIMES A DAY..OR IN JAIL........WHEN PEOPLE SAY WHY CAN'T YOU EXPRESS YOUR HATE IN PUBLIC?? IN FRONT OF ME ?? DUH...A STUPID THING TO SAY....WHO WANTS TO BE IN A FIST FIGHT EVERY DAY ?? ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE......

        April 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Everything in Moderation

    I think online anonymity can allow for some otherwise normal people to release their id. It changes them, if only temporarily, into a creature who does not need society for anything, and so is free not to care what it spews.

    Then, well meaning whole people (like me) come through these forums and take them seriously, or try to debate them as if they are wholly human. It doesn't work, of course. We frustrate ourselves attempting reason and empathy against what amounts to a lizard consciousness.

    The shame of it is that what these id reductions say is instantly cyber-stamped into permanency. My compulsion to have an antidote out there with it doesn't do me or anybody else any favours at all. I have learned to step away from the keyboard, to not read forums on some news stories at all, to speak as often as possible to the readers—who might be misled or harmed—rather than the writers of the bile.

    There's still an old activist in me that says I should not just walk away from hate speech and abuse, so I do come back.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  53. Crystal

    Sorry for the loss of your mother and she seemed like an amazing woman. I could say I feel shame for the fact that those white men were so cruel but evil lies in every color. It's not in me. I don't understand so much hatred and saddens me.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. LisaM

    It's very sad.. perhaps the only way to fight it is to not put up with it, even if it's "only a post online"

    I used to be very overweight... they are definitely in one of the groups that it's ok to hate online. Some people just don't know how to love each other.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  55. EGH

    Oops wrong story, sorry

    April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  56. GailS

    New? There's nothing new about anonymous internet hatred. This has been happening on the internet and USENET since the mid 90s. This would not be allowed if this amount of hatred was directed to anyone other than minorities.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  57. TheHeretic

    Railing against online anonymity because someone typed something you don't agree with is as retarded as saying we should all try to be more like Jesus. As convoluted as the Bible is, one can safely assert that Jesus fully believed in Old Testament law which included, *drum roll*, slavery. Remember, it wasn't because of Christianity that slavery was abolished, but because of the lack thereof. Furthermore, it seems to me that the ones complaining the most about racism are the ones mainly responsible for it's prevalence in today's society. Like religion, race is a division between in-groups and out-groups. Naming your blog "Black in America" and using terms like "African-American" serves only to divide people, NOT bring them together. We are all Americans, period, there is no need to subdivide by race.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ElGiblet

      Perhaps if you would actually *read* the bible, you would see that it's not the same kind of slavery.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • TheHeretic

        Perhaps if you would "read" the Bible you would see that it is. Does Moses not teach slaver owners the proper way to beat their slaves and give fathers instructions on how to sell their daughters into slavery?

        April 18, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ElGiblet

      ...waiting for a coherent answer. You're just spouting a bunch of things you've heard without giving any real details. Boring and typical.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • TheHeretic

        And you're basing that off of what? It's in Exodus, you can look it up. What you'd probably also consider "boring and typical" is the fact that anything in that ancient book of fairytales is open to interpretation. So anything beyond just reading the words on the page is speculation.

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

        I don't need to look it up. I already know what it says. I just don't thik you do. You're just a hateful, anonymous Christian basher with no legs to stand on. Congratulations, you've proven the article.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • TheHeretic

        I've proven what? Because I don't agree with your religious views, I'm a "hateful Christian basher". So, instead of hearing me out and trying to understand where I'm coming from, you automatically write me off. Nice!

        April 18, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • ElGiblet

        Let me just pick out something real quick...

        "Railing against online anonymity because someone typed something you don't agree with is as retarded as saying we should all try to be more like Jesus"

        or "ancient book of fairytales"

        So, not only are you an anonymous Christian basher, you are also like a baby goose... you know... can't remember what happened from one minute to the next. Keep going... it's fantastic when you expose your foolishness 🙂

        April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  58. MyTake

    To be sure this is where the cowardly racist hide themselves. I was play on Xbox live the other day and a couple of racist guys were on and not only were they using racially inflammatory words but proud of being racist. Very sad.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  59. EGH

    The 10 black kids shot were on the same weekend as Trayvon. Not unusual for a weekend in Chicago.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  60. EGH

    Why are black folk so into this Travon Martin thing. I was listening to Al Sharpton on MCS Milwaukee redin (the king of them & us) and a white caller called in, who had a black wife who has family in Chicago, informing the radio guy after Al that 10 young black men were shot and killed in Chicago at the hands of other black kids. (really don't know if they all died) but he brushed that off to continue on Trayvon. I guess black on black killing isn't as important.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      The article had nothing to do with "black on black" killing. It was about what we say while we HIDE behind our computer screens. It's about NOT being a bully, racist, or just plain old jerk, online.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosey Goodman

      Flawed reasoning on your part.......poorly articulated.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • GailS

      Black on black killing is no more important than white on white killing and there is far more white on white killing than any other kind of killing.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • B

        there is virtually zero white on white killing. there are 100 to 1 black killers to white killers.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        No, there isn't. Not even close, as a rate per capita. Something like 1/7 the rate (FBI stats)

        April 18, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Evelyn

        "B" – what about mob killings? Is that white-on-white killing? Just asking.

        April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  61. woodie

    I think serious discussion is the only path towards a solution. First the problem, then the solution in that order. Closing your eyes to adverse opinion accomplishes nothing.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      Adverse opinion is a LOT different from being an online bully or someone that gets their jollies by attacking another persons beliefs or way of life.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  62. TheMiddleWay

    This has been the case for the last decade or so. It definitely illustrates a person's true inner nature, both the positive and the negative.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  63. Coils

    I do believe in free speech, but prior to the internet, having the legal right to freedom of speech never meant that there would not be personal social consequences for what you have said. I just hope that the abundance of ignorant, uneducated posts that you see on forums is due to the fact that ignorant, hateful people flock to these sights to post n larger numbers than rational, tolerant people who are more busy working or just don't feel a need to post. I don't think that people who are generally satisfied with life feel the need to post on these sites as much as those who are loaded with hate and discontent and want to spread it. Not sure what the answer is because you don't want people to be able to figure out where someone lives and show up at someones front door because they read something online they did not like. I am a white man and have black co-workers and friends who a truly committed to stopping the cycle of hate as I am. I am also well aware that there are lots of racist and hateful people from all races. In my opinion, its not any race that is the problem, it's all the hateful people from all groups. As long as one group continues the stereotypes and hateful rhetoric the cycle of hate will continue. Unfortunately, while I've heard it from both sides, I read more over the top racist comments from white's than anyone else. You people are truly a major part of what is wrong with society.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      I am recently disabled so no longer have the social aspect of a job. I come here because I love to debate issues...real debate. The kind where you try to convince me that you are right and I try to convince you that I am right and all through intelligent and well thought out discussion. Nothing hostile. No ill will. Just a debate on current events or issues. It's how I get my socialization and it helps me a lot. I went from being a programmer/analyst who traveled the country consulting to hardly leaving my house except for doctor appointments. So this is mental floss for me. So there are other reasons for people to be here.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jjdecor

    What beautiful writing. Her experience on the bus as a young girl brought tears to my eyes and I felt shame for being white. I so agree with her that these so called christians spewing hate and racism have no idea who and what Jesus was about.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • reeves46

      You should feel no shame for being white just as I should feel no shame for being black when some of our respective races chose to act like animals. No one should carry the weight of many on their shoulders. We are only responsible for how we choose to act, how we raise our families and what we choose to stand for within our own circle.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  65. Osagie

    This is a very powerful and moving piece. But cowardice knows no boundaries when cloaked by the shield of anonymity. I predict that there will still be a bunch of racist comments here in the next few hours

    April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      I have been following the commentary since this story first appeared and have been pleasantly surprised at the lack of ill willed commentary. There has been some, but not as much as I truly expected. I must say I am pleased. It's the first time in a long time that I have actually been able to follow the commentary and make my own posts without giving up and just going away. There has been some very encouraging commentary on here and I want to thank all of the positive and unbiased posters on here. We are supposed to be adults and should be able to post here and expect at least reasonably courteous and intelligent banter.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Nicole

    Big sigh!!!!! This article sounds like it came out of my own thoughts. I have always said that hiding behind a moniker gives people the courage to say what they would never dare to say under their real names. Its like the saying goes, a drunk speaks a sober mind; so too does a coward hiding behind a keyboard and a monitor. I'm from Tulsa as well and this is probably one of the most racially divided cities in the US. There is a cloud of racism here but I choose to ignore the stupidity of those who have feelings of inadequacy and who are easily threatened by those of us who's skin color is a hue they covet and try to imitate. But its all good, though. They can continue to be cowardly fools for they are the ones who will live a miserable life while I continue to be happy and blessed. God Bless America!

    April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      Someone commented in an earlier post that truly hit home with me. I am wondering if some of these people on here are really from the racists sites and spewing their vomit because they are not so tolerated in public anymore? If that's so, then we are forcing them farther and farther into a rabbit hole. And when sites like this figure out a way to filter out the worst, wonder where they'll go then? I just wish there was a way to figure out faster a bad comment before I read too much of it. Some of the people on here give me nightmares. It CERTAINLY don't draw me closer to their cause! And they are too stupid to see that they are nullifying their positions with their rants.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  67. pastmorm

    Fantastic article by Tangela Ekhoff. I realize that I've been "not so nice" at times behind my computer to people on these online blogs and now I feel guilty about what kind of person I really am inside.
    It is easy for people to be bullies behind their computer screen. They are the helpless, weak, sad, miserable creatures that don't have the backbone to stand up and say what they feel in person, so they create hatred and violence online.
    I've learned a lot from this article and I'm certainly not even a Christian. Hopefully others get the clue and grow up as well. Thank you Tangela Ekhoff.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  68. Roger

    People who get worked up about things other people say on the internet amaze me to no end. It's just words on a computer screen, people.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      I don't think the point of the article is about being worked up about comments. Its about people being too afraid to speak their true feelings unless they are behind the cover of a keyboard.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosey Goodman

      Words are powerful weapons.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      "Just words on a computer." No, words on a computer would be..."banana, bicycle, hello, junk, comma." Organized thoughts precede action. A person who commits crimes does not think good and healthy thoughts prior to committing the crime. It is like a growl that precedes a bite. Not all growls lead to a bite, but it does provide indications about the feelings and sometimes the intentions of the growling animal.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        "A person who commits crimes does not think good and healthy thoughts prior to committing the crime."

        I'm not certain a psychologist would agree with that, especially if the law that is broken is viewed as unjust, but also in the view that the human mind can rationalize just about anything in the right situation.

        In a larger sense, open discussion is the foundation of democratic principles (not that the US is a true democracy) and bad ideas are part of an open discussion.

        If anonymity is needed to promote open discussion, then isn't that a price worth paying?

        April 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace Lilly

      In defense of myself, I read the comments and try to engage in intelligent discussion. But when you have tried to filter through the mess and see only hurtful, spiteful, generalized rhetoric that belongs on a hate site...it just gets old. I would prefer to see intelligence or commentary that is, at a minimum, courteous. I don't mind people who disagree. It's the nastiness that gets truly offensive and old.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  69. D987654321

    I wouldn't worry about it. She almost certainly forgot to plug it in. 🙂 j/k

    April 18, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  70. bob

    this is completely asinine. Online hate comments are nothing like putting on a robe and going out and physically assaulting people. Online hate comments are first amendment protected speech... assault is not. However, harassment online is still a crime, and should be prosecuted when it gets to that level... but let's be clear about when that level is reached.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • D987654321

      Really? You don't see it as some type of validation of the way a person conducts themselves IRL?

      April 18, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
      • MyTake

        The comment is correct. Hate speech is protected speech.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Did you read the article? The Klansmen (boys?) were screaming insults and making obscene gestures. She never said they physically attacked her. It isn't protected speech to terrorize someone.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        SPEECH IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH....MEXICANS--GAYS –BLACKS HATE FREEDOM OF SPEECH......TO SOME THE TRUTH COULD BE HATE TO THEM, BUT IS A TRUTH STATEMENT.......FOR EXAMPLE I WANT ILLEGALS DEPORTED--I WANT A WALL ON THE MEXICAN BORDER-–I WANT ALL LEGAL IMMIGRATION SHUT DOWN TO PROTECT AMERICAN UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, I DON'T CONSIDER THAT HATEFUL, BUT TO MEXICANS THEY THINK IS HATEFUL, THEIR PROBLEM.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        I'm not certain of the details, but I don't think the case in the article crossed the line to threats or haras.sment, but I could be wrong.
        Insults and opinions, no matter how offensive, are still speech and protected as such. Threats are against the law.

        Speech that is disagreeable should be fought with more speech, not more laws (or legal action).

        While I think the actions of the Klan father and son, in the article, were reprehensible and fairly disgusting, I do think they were within there rights.
        I would have liked to have seen someone call them on their bigotry and ignorance, but sadly that didn't happen.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • S.M.

      You also have the right to go out in your cape and hood and make all the racist comments you want and spew hate. Doesn't make it any less hateful. The point she makes is that the internet has made it so much quicker and easier for hateful people to vomit out their nasty thoughts for all the world to see.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        S.M. IS CALL FREEDOM OF SPEECH...DUH.. FOREIGNERS ARE TRYING HARD TO SHUT AMERICAN CITIZENS UP...

        April 18, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Peace Lilly

        JOSE0311USMC...do you REALLY have to shout everything you type? Take off the caps lock please. At least then we could read what you are saying.

        April 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonimus

        S.M.,
        It does make it easier to spew hate. It also makes it easier to refute/rebut/counter that ignorance.

        JOSE0311USMC,
        I thought the article pretty much involved only American citizens, what's your problem?

        April 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Neal Chamberlain

    Well said. What a wonderful article. Well done Ms. Ekhoff!

    April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mik

      I agree, wonderful article. What a world we live in... nobody lives by the words "live and let live" anymore... this earth is becoming a very sad, sorry, place to be...

      April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        LOOK I'M A HISPANIC GUY....I HONESTLY BELIEVE WHAT MANY ARE SAYING, HISPANICS ARE INVADING AMERICA IS TRUE....SOME HISPANIC GROUPS THINK THE THAT IS HATE, BUT IS TRUE....AMERICA IS BEING INVADED AND WE MUST STOP IT.....WE CAN'T LET THE WORLDS POOR PEOPLE TO COME TO AMERICA ....WE DO NOT HAVE THE JOBS ANYMORE...WE HAVE 50 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED IF YOU INCLUDE THOSE WORKING -PART-TIME JOBS.....TOO MANY HISPANICS IN AMERICA, IS A FACT.. I'M ONE OF THOSE HISPANICS....CAN'T CALL ME A BIGOT.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  72. D987654321

    I've seen the same hateful images and comments against gay people and agree with Ekhoff's points; especially with regard to those who claim to be "Christian."

    Not all of the hate is so blatant, though. The people about whom we really need to worry are the ones who've graduated from stupid jpegs and animated images to crazy, fallacious arguments that somehow reconcile their twisted beliefs.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      IS CALL FREEDOM OF SPEECH...

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

      OK, so there is freedom of speech... What's your point?

      We're talking about opinions. Freedom of speech does not make your opinion good or acceptable to other people. You will be judged by your spoken opinions and your actions.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  73. perennial2

    That's CNN's stock 'n' trade. MSNBC and others so-called news organizations do it, too. Creating and then feeding blog comments keeps the data mining analytic bucks rolling in day after day, week after week. Less expensive than corporate news having to actually hire and pay bona fide trained, experienced reporters and foreign correspondents for bureaus. Some pimply faced part time burger flipper sitting in a newsroom scanning blogs and yellow journalism mostly opinion "stories" works cheap. The U.S. idiocracy public doesn't seem to mind ... or know the difference.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Neal Chamberlain

      I believe this was called an opinion article not a news article. If you want news don't click on articles that are clearly labelled opinion.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  74. briawinde

    It is one thing to feel strongly about injustices and to speak out against them.

    It is quite another to "hate" someone because they are different then you, because they believe differently then you, because they look differently then you. That, is shameful and people have a responsibility to themselves and society to try and change this narrow minded bigotry. There is nothing "ok" about it. Those that preach hatred behind the supposed "anonymity" of the computer screen are sad and twisted inside. I pity them but I will never join them.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • D987654321

      I think the problem with your argument is that they don't see it as "hate." It's the word that you choose and how you frame your argument that will change anyone's mind.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  75. Beth

    I think those who come here and elsewhere and post hate just make themselves look like idiots and disgusting human beings who are an embarrassment to everyone else.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  76. gremlinus

    Online anonymity just shows a person's true nature.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      gremlinus...unfortunately you're probably correct.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Which gives us a very rough tool to measure our society in terms of their real opinions. Of course it is a very skewed sample toward more extreme views since people (including me) tend only to comment on things that are important to them.
      So it is at least a view into the portion of society that is actively concerned with various issues.

      Personally, after decades on message boards of various sorts, my take is that there are more sincere caring people than otherwise. Even though it may seem otherwise. We tend to count the haters more and they are frequently more prolific. And there are several people posting under multiple names.

      you'll notice that there is a trend for a board to start out with reasonable comments and then degrade over time. I suggest that the early posts are a better reflection of the poopulation

      April 18, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  77. MobiusEight

    And they will take away our freedoms in the name of protecting us, in the name of tolerance, in the name of peace. Until one day we wake up and realize that we are no longer free to choose how we live our lives but must abide by the "majority." Enforced, of course, by the State. Be careful what you wish for.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      The federal government under Democratic Presidents and liberal judges have expanded our freedoms consistently.

      Conservatives have consistently opposed any expansion of human freedom and any effort to increase the general well-being and prosperity.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  78. Luke

    I am disappointed you made this all about a white issue.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      That's CNN's stock 'n' trade. MSNBC and others so-called news organizations do it, too. Creating and then feeding blog comments keeps the data mining analytic bucks rolling in day after day, week after week. Less expensive than corporate news having to actually hire and pay bona fide trained, experienced reporters and foreign correspondents for bureaus. Some pimply faced part time burger flipper sitting in a newsroom scanning blogs and yellow journalism mostly opinion briefs works cheap. The U.S. idiocracy public doesn't seem to mind ... or know the difference.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      "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. "

      You were saying??????

      Sad how some try to misrepresent the article in an attempt to deflect from reality.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  79. Nick

    Generalize much?

    April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  80. bran

    haha, where have these people been for the last decade? its always been the way to hate

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

    I do the same with Fox. I do not report my usage so they can't use it.

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

    Worrying how the Trayvon Martin case seems to have been judged based on limited information from news reports, before a jury hears all the facts. The other side of this "senseless" shooting is the story that Martin was ramming the head of a man into the ground before being shot. Maybe Martin's killing was senseless, but the pre-judging seems, I have to say, also verging on racism, and the black celebrities who posted photos of themselves wearing hoods in what appears to be an allegiance based on race, do not seem to me to be a million miles removed from the white-hooded Klan members who decide based on race before all the facts are in. If you really want to get away from racism, just see the killing of one man by another without mentioning race, and let the jury decide what happened. Blacks have been heinously persecuted in this country, but that doesn't change the fact that Martin may (I stress "may") have been involved in a violent assault. Maybe it was a senseless killing, but maybe it was justified. I don't know yet, and neither do you.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Moira

      You seem to have only seen the African American celebs wearing hoodies in support of Trayvon martin. there were people of all races and all ages protesting Zimmerman's actions in that way. There is no comparison between those celebs and a klu klux clan rally

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

      Right, who was following who? Who was confronting who? Use a little logic.

      If you assault someone and suddenly they get the better of you, you cannot claim self-defense. Seems to me the kid walking home from the store was the one attempting to defend himself.

      If some black guy grabbed you and you fought back is he justified in shooting you if you start to hit back? I suppose so according to Zimmerman and the Sanford police.

      BTW, I grew up in Sanford and when I first heard this story I knew the police would have just assumed it was the kid and who would argue it?

      April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  83. PirateX

    The word 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 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      Race is a meaningless word.

      Species is a biological concept. People of different races – whatever that is – are all of the same species.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • PirateX

        Perhaps sub-species, or breeds, if you will would be a better choice. While we may all be the same "species" we are clearly not identical. There are biological and psychological differences between "races". To claim otherwise is simple ignorance.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • MarkinFL

        The differences are primarily superficial and even the broader trends can all be seen within each sub-group. Most "racial" differences turn out to be cultural and disappear when a person of the sub-group is fully assimilated into a different culture.

        April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeTho

      No. It's not.

      If you really believe that people of different races are of different 'species,' then you need to retake every science course you ever had from the 1st grade.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Different species (of vertebrates anyway) cannot produce viable offspring. That is, in the rare occasion that they can produce offspring, the offspring are generally sterile. It's one of the "rule of thumbs" for identifying a different species (there may be more sophisticated molecular techniques now.) Humans are all of the same species.

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

      It is probably most appropriate to think of different people as "breeds". Most of us, though, are probably mixed and are no longer from a tightly bound genetic pool.
      Not much different at all from breeds of dogs. Clearly people differ from each other in personality and appearance.... there is no reason to believe that all people from defined genetic pools are all the same.
      No matter. People are to be judged on an individual basis regardless of their type.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Christopher

    Worrying how the Trayvon Martin case seems to have been judged based on limited information from news reports, before a jury hears all the facts. The other side of this "senseless" shooting is the story that Martin was ramming the head of a man into the ground before being shot. Maybe Martin's killing was senseless, but the pre-judging seems, I have to say, its own kind of racism, and the black celebrities who posted photos of themselves wearing hoods in what appears to be an allegiance based on race, do not seem to me to be a million miles removed from the white-hooded Klan members. If you really want to get away from racism, just see the killing of one man by another without mentioning race, and let the jury decide what happened. Maybe it was a senseless killing, but maybe it was justified. I don't know yet, and neither do you.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      That's the point though...Martin's killer almost wasn't even brought to trial. THAT was the injustice. All of the details need to be heard before a jury.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Terran18

      Great comment, I agree.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  85. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

    I never say anything online that I wouldn't be willing to say to someone face-to-face. The majority of internet users seem to be cowards and trolls.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  86. Natalie

    That's a good one because I have a friend who tunes in to Fox News just to see how radical they are; she watches for the entertainment of it all even though she despises their blatant bias BS. When I pointed out to her that she is giving them "viewership credit" she quit doing it. I suspect the reason Fox has so many viewers is because people like train wrecks.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  87. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

    Why are you hating on a mentally challenged person?

    April 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  88. Brian

    I think the comments here prove the point. 😛

    April 18, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  89. tuma

    It can be the new way to hate, but it's more like the 1980s version of the prank call i/m/h/o. It's about the show, the shock and the troll.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Moira

      No, it is worse than that. It shows something truly rotten below the surface of race relations in this country.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  90. James

    I don't hide, and I don't pretend the hate is only on one side.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  91. Thomas Henley

    The truth is Internet Annonymity is a myth. You might be annonymous to the average user but your digital footprint will almost always lead right back to you if authorities or some determined criminal minded group wants to discover just who you are.

    Having said that as long as emotions like hate, fear, envy, and others exist it's unrealistic to imagine no one is going to dislike you, even if you can't embrace the reasons why someone may choose not to like you.

    The notion that Big Brother or Government should have some method to make us all like and respect one another is rediculous. All it invites is giving people with the capacity to hate, fear and envy additional power over others to abuse.

    Nazi Germany was a politically correct society. I for one have no interest in living in one.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  92. one man

    People hide behind their posts of hatred. If you feel strongly enough about your position on something, even if you truly hate someone or something, at least be man or woman enough to tell people who you are. Others may not like it or you but they will respect the fact that you aren't hiding like a coward.

    Free speech in this country doesn't mean you have to be politically correct, it merely means you can say what you feel as long as it doesn't cause harm or pain to another person.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  93. New World Order

    If I witenss racism, I would not be silent. I would come to the aid of the person being discriminated against. I belive a lot of people feel like me. This is a new world. America needs to stand up to racists and expose them and shame them. There is no place for racism in the 21st century. We are all God's creation. We are all equal. Every man woman and child deserves respect and dignity regardless of race, national origin, creed, or color. This is the new America. We are the new generation. Tolerance is cool. Hatred is awful.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  94. rosethornne

    1. I don't call ANYONE master.
    2. Fairy tales will not solve real world priblems. In fact, many bigots use their religion as a 'reason' for their ugliness.
    3. Besides that, the author has a good point: the kyber klux klan is every bit as evil and disgusting as the white-sheet version.

    Maybe nastiness is just inevitable in a certain percentage of people, and with more people comes more nastiness. Perhaps thete are simply too many peoe on this planet – where's the bubonic plague when you need it?

    April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  95. Bubba

    My hoodie is at the kleaners. Hehe

    April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  96. a good dad

    The IP address of your computer is traceable and so are your comments.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      That's only true on Law and Order. My PC receives a new ip address every time I connect to the internet. You can definitely trace me to a particular router along with hundreds of others.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Wrong

        Wrong, your ISP knows who is connecting to that router and your MAC address of your dsl/cable modem which is a unique identifier. Your ISP knows everything you do.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      Or you could use a proxy and that could lead you half way around the world even though I could be posting in the same town as you.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  97. latuya83

    Oh Bubba. Get off the meth

    April 18, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lambie

      LOL! that was a real knee slapper!

      April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  98. 1212

    Sorry, but hatred is a normal human emotion just as love is. Their are certain cultures, beliefs and ideas that I am not ashamed to say that I despise, especially when my FREEWILL is jeopardized by their existence or when I believe they are morally, ethically Wrong. I will never accept certain behaviors and I truly HATE those that would forcefully make me. I have become intolerant of those who are intolerant of my intolerance in the name of tolerance. I'm sure you would not expect an Auschwitz Jew to accept or tolerate a Nazi SS officer (or his beliefs) that just shot his mother in front of him. I can live and let live and be tolerant of any person or culture until they begin to directly infringe or challenge my way of life or are unacceptable by my beliefs. Any notion of removing the natural response to a threat or repulsive concept/ideology is naive. If my hatred of diametrically opposing force or ideology is wrong, then the almighty can judge me... and that is fine with me.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Bigotry is not the problem. Racism is. Bigotry against racism is not a a bad thing. Being against something that is bad for our society is not a bad thing.
      Hate should be reserved for the Nazis of the world. Impotent racists deserve our pity, not our hate.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
      • 1212

        I really could care less what color skin someone has or the religion. I do judge cultures though. There are white cultures that I despise equally as there black cultures that I despise. Racism isn't an issue to me as much as culturalism is. I base my opinion on individuals once I know them, but I may (as all do) initially judge the cultural background they come from harshly. I don't just accept a person until I know that we share common philosophies.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • MarkinFL

        How do you know their cultural background until you get to know them? Color of skin does not determine cultural background. Even accent is not such a strong indicator. Many people are judged on their accents.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

      The article isn't talking about hatred in general. It's talking about people who hate based on things like skin color or religion.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ---man

      I am a black man does that mean I am automatically disadvanged, eager to go on government assistance, have 20 kids by 20 women, agree with Al Sharpton, is going to steal your car, rob your house or have a criminal record?

      Know me first please don't judge me as like anyone else or some sterotype.

      I am a black man or African/Cherokee Indian decent (My grandmother lives on a reservation)
      I have a BE degree in Computer Engineering
      I own my own home
      I am married
      I have 3 kids by the same woman
      I have never been in jail
      I don't hit or subjectify women
      I don't do drugs of any kind
      I don't look up to drug dealers
      I donate money or time to various charities
      My oldest is currently in College on an Acedemic Scholarship not athetic
      My son plays the violin and piano
      My two daugters are taking piano, claronet and violin lessons
      I speak English and Spanish
      I drive an affordable car not flashy
      I have never been on any type of Government assistance
      I retired from the military but the military did not pay for my education
      I have been to deployed to Gulf War/Enduring Freedom/Panama
      I earn $100k+/yr
      Al Sharpton gets on my nerves sometimes
      I did not wear a hoodie when Al Sharpton did nor do I wear one now
      I do listen to rap and r&B but I also enjoy classical, jazz, pop, country, latin and raegae) . My last concert was Keiko Matsui a jazz pianist who has been featured with the NY Philharmonic.

      I actually think the Treyvonn case although tragic is a case of duel fault (Zimmerman should've fell back and let the police do the actual police work such as questioning suspects and Treyvonn should have attempted to get away. The stand your ground law as it is written in Florida invites confrontation and basically legalizes no fault murder. Food for thought: Zimmerman followed and confronted the guy as protection for the community (No fault killing based on the law. Treyvonn was being followed and even if he did have Zimmerman on the ground and was beating him based on the law he didn't have to run or attempt to get away but had the right to defend himself wherever he stood. Based on the law that case was winner take all. Do I think Zimmerman should go to jail....Yes. My reasoning is because he was instructed to not follow or get out of the car therefore in my opinion he withdrew his write to claim Stand Your Ground no matter the outcome.)

      I am a black man and I'm sorry but I do get slightly offended when I read these things and I am being categorized or lumped into a group and being said to be lazy, shiftless on welfare etc....I wouldn't say all white people are clansmen or are liars or enjoy in-breeding although I do know some that actually do fall into those categories.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  99. Bill

    Being able to speak anonymously is a major part of freedom of speech. The left is always trying to criticize the right for being "haters" yet some of the most hateful speech out there is from the left. So blocking so called hate speech is just censoring those that disagree with you. Back in colonial time anti royal pamphlets were published under assumed names so nothing has really changed, just the media used. Tangela is just being a hypocrite for trying to deny free speech rights to those she disagrees with.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Bill, please indicate anywhere in her article that she suggested removal of anonymity. Anywhere. She merely called for people to use their anonymity without the rampant racism.
      I happen to agree that we need to keep anonymity. Otherwise we'll be throwing the baby out with the bath water. This is merely a call to ask the babies not to poop in the bath water.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • whattheheckareyoutalkingabout

      Did you read the article? She didnt say anything about free speech, or trying to take it away. Not sure she said she was on the left either. So said think before you click. Think before you speak as well. Just because we have free speech doesnt mean we should just go on spewing every messed up thought that pops into in head. So Think! Then type. Might help if you read the article next time too

      April 18, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Did we read the same article? I didn't think she was advocating suppressing free speech.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Please provide examples of speech coming from the left that is more hateful than that coming from Ann Coulter.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Well, the things I could say about Ann might be construed as pretty negative to say the least. On the other hand, I generally refrain from such speech....

      April 18, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Artifex

      "The left is always trying to criticize the right for being "haters" yet some of the most hateful speech out there is from the left. "
      Show me anywhere that the progressive comments are as immediately hateful, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, anti-semetic, and xenophobic as those of any right wing site like Fox. Anywhere. You won't, because your statement is patently untrue.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  100. GrouchyKat

    Definately not the PC thing to say, but is this hate speech? Or is it someone who just flat doesn't agree with your idea of what is politically correct to say?

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