Memo to racists: Stay the hell away from me

Somebody left an unsigned, multi-page racist screed taped to the front window of Blue Ridge Muse last night.

I only got through the first-page of the hate-filled diatribe aimed at Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama before starting to retch. I ripped the pages into shreds and dumped them into the nearest trashcan.

Let's get something straight up front: I despise racism and those who practice it. I have no patience with bigots, homophobes, racists and anti-Semites.

So stay the hell away from me. Don't waste my time with your ignorance, your hate or your intolerance.

Somebody left an unsigned, multi-page racist screed taped to the front window of Blue Ridge Muse last night.

I only got through the first-page of the hate-filled diatribe aimed at Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama before starting to retch. I ripped the pages into shreds and dumped them into the nearest trashcan.

Let’s get something straight up front: I despise racism and those who practice it. I have no patience with bigots, homophobes, racists and anti-Semites.

So stay the hell away from me. Don’t waste my time with your ignorance, your hate or your intolerance.

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17 Responses

  1. Doug,

    While I’m not same “Jim” who’s earlier comment spurred this message, I am a frequent visitor and have posted a comment or 2 since learning about your site awhile back…(Coincidentally one of those posts was in response to Mr. Walker’s appearance at the craft fair.)…I’ve never posted to this forum using anything other than my full name.

    At any rate, I see this as an opportunity to express my own view of racism and I’m a sucker for a soapbox.

    The way I see it, racism is a self-imposed blight on humanity. Racism is, and has always been, a significant stumbling block to the improvement of the human condition. Racism does as much harm (mentally, spiritually and psychically speaking) to the racist as it does to the “victims” of racism. That said, I feel that overcoming racism is among the biggest challenges faced by us humans and I’m hopeful it can be accomplished some day. The message seems almost too simple “it’s a virtue to love, and torture to hate.”

    I can only hope that whomever left that flyer for you has gotten whatevers eatin’ em out of their system. I suspect it was done in an effort to be “cute”…maybe the sad reflection they’ve created of themself will give them pause to reflect.

  2. Thank you so much Doug for your stand against racism!

    I was shocked to read some previous post on your site a few weeks ago. I’m 66 a years old white woman, who grew up thru the civil rights riots, and even thought I knew there were still racist among us, I was surprised at the hate and venom that I read, on earlier posts.

    I agree too, that people who want to make those horrible racial lies and statements, should be required to post their full names. They know what they’re saying is nothing by hate and lies, that’s why they are reluctant to let people know who they are.

    But I’m also encouraged too, by the many people who have spoke up against the terrible smears and lies that a few have tried to spread around. Too all of you who care enough to make a difference, I am very grateful. I thank you

  3. Rob,

    I’m curious to know which teacher you are referring to. My daughter attends FCHS, and while I have heard of the infamous ‘Redneck Hall’, I have not heard of the teacher you mention. I wouldn’t mind a personal email (Doug has my permission to give it to you) to let me know the scoop on that. I cannot tolerate racism and I will not knowingly allow my children to be exposed to it in the classroom. It’s bad enough I have to battle against it from other children, but teachers, too?!?

  4. it is a part of southern heritage. slavery i mean…. even though it was very wrong and for that reason abolished…. it is a part of southern heritage. the young people should be taught about it and how awful it was..

    like the holocaust museum… it doesnt “keep secrets” in its teachings… heritage/history has all kinds of good and bad things to learn.

    we all know that.

  5. If you want to debate this issue, do so with your full name. I’m not going to allow people to engage in a debate on race by hiding behind screen handles or partial names. Jim, if you want to repost the comment you just made, do so with your full name.

  6. A historian on NPR the other day said that many New England tourists wanted to know why the date 1492 wasn’t on Plymouth Rock. It’s this kind of ignorance, naivetee, and selective focus that disproportionately blames the American South and the Confederacy for slavery.

    Please review the following link that shows that slavery and Black Laws were in every colony of the US and in many northern and border states through the Civil War:

    http://www.slavenorth.com/

    Know that blacks did not receive equal treatment under US Federal law until 100 years after the Civil War. Basically, moral parity existed between most regions of the country concerning blacks.

    I would also like people to remember that slavery in America was a small percentage of the total slave trade. The English traders and their African counterparts alone are responsible for transporting about 10 million slaves of which about 6% ended up in America. The vast majority, about 70%, ended up in Brazil and the Carribean.

    Despite this info, the knee-jerk reaction at the mention of the word slavery evokes images and therefore places the responsibility in the American South. Yes, the South had the vast majority of America’s slaves, about 25% ownership by 1850, but it unfairly receives most of the blame. Therefore, it is imperative that unbiased history be taught which includes not condemning southern heritage, the South, or the Confederacy.

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