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Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts 423

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-speech-as-a-counter-to-free-speech dept.
stevegee58 writes "A tumblr blog entitled 'HelloThereRacists' is publicly identifying other online posters who make racist/assassination comments about President Obama. Beyond merely identifying online usernames, the blog's author is uncovering and publishing the real names and locations of offending posters. It's an interesting mess of legal issues. The outed posters are at risk of a Secret Service visit, but the trouble may not end there. The HelloThereRacists blogger himself may have some problems publicly identifying posters, who are frequently underage teenagers." Update: 11/16 19:17 GMT by S : The blog has already been taken down.
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Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts

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  • Obama is a racist (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 16, 2012 @03:04PM (#42003985)

    Interesting they don't call out Obama on his racist book "Dreams of My Father" he quotes in his own words and the racist "church" he attended for 20 years where he praised Jeremiah Wright. Oh, and how he attended Louis Farrakhan's (Jeremiah's Wrights close friend) racist rally... you know, the guy who says all white people are devils and said "Hitler was a very great man".

    Nice double standard there. No, I don't see any bias or hypocrisy at all.

  • OK (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Friday November 16, 2012 @03:05PM (#42003993)

    Will they also be outing the authors of all the tweets that threatened to assassinate Romney or riot and murder in general if Romney had won? Just curious.

  • Re:and salon (Score:3, Interesting)

    by PPH (736903) on Friday November 16, 2012 @03:21PM (#42004297)

    How, exactly, do you "force" someone to accept something socially?

    You take a page from the social conservatives' playbook and make it the responsibility of the government to arbitrate morality. Public pressure denouncing the unwanted ideology is the first step to establishing government policy. Once we establish a 'moral majority' that believes this behavior must be dealt with, we are on our way to achieving this goal.

    How do you force people to think in a particular manner,

    You don't, directly. But if you proscribe the unsuitable behavior, people will eventually fall into line. Or they'll out themselves as being social misfits who can then be dealt with.

    Of course, I'm playing devil's advocate here. Swallowing one's own medicine sure is a bitch, isn't it?

  • Re:Free Speech (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Archangel Michael (180766) on Friday November 16, 2012 @03:46PM (#42004699) Journal

    "If anything they'll ask you some questions. If they feel like further evaluation is needed, you will be able to get a lawyer"

    Not under NDAA (Obama's Law), all you need is to be declared a "terrorist" and they can drop a bomb on you from a drone aircraft, no court, no judge, no lawyers no nothing. Don't get me wrong, the (R) president would do the same.

    In other words, Obama is the worst part of GWB and then some. The Next President will be all the worst parts of Obama and then some.... see how that works?

  • False positives (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sideslash (1865434) on Friday November 16, 2012 @05:01PM (#42005765)
    I looked through the cached page [googleusercontent.com], and it was a little disturbing to see a false positive. Specifically, Hallie C. She may or may not be a racist, but clearly the evidence that I saw on the blog was not sufficient to call her one. Apparently she complained that proposed race-based quotas would remove a requirement to work hard in order to get a job (which seems plausible, since it de-emphasizes merit-based competition in order to consider instead the color of your skin). And so our blogger claimed she was saying black people are lazy. Whatever, dude.

    Also, the chairman of the Maine Republican party. If black people are not known to live in a town, yet they are bused in to vote, it is legitimate to ask questions about that. Sorry, it just is. If he's mistaken about the demographics, let him be duly raked over the coals for crying wolf unnecessarily. But why call him a racist for apparently being a watchdog against voter fraud?

    This blogger was apparently in over his head, and most definitely does not have my respect. Glad his site is down.

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