I’m going to make three requests:
- Please don’t merge this into the other thread. I would like this message to be short and sweet and not lost in the interminable garbage of that thread.
- If you agree with the message of this thread, do not respond to it. If some racist asshole responds here, do not respond to him or her here. Because…
- I’d like us to try an experiment in shunning. It appears that the racist assholes won’t get banned for being jerks, for reasons I pretty vociferously disagree with. But, as Miller says:
So instead of responding to the racist assholes, I’d like to ask folks, when they post, to respond once with “relevant pit thread,” and link to this OP. (as that last link does).
These guys are jerks; there’s no question in my mind that New Deal Democrat and his ilk are jerks. But they’re not going to get banned for their jerkitude, as mentioned above. The next best thing would be for them not to get any traction with their idiotic racist bullshit. If we stop responding to them, then maybe they’ll stop posting racist bullshit.
I think a major objection to this plan is the old saw about “silence=consent.” People–myself included–are worried that if nobody refutes their racist bullshit, onlookers will think there must be something to it. And that’s a legitimate worry.
My counter is that there’s plenty of response already to their racist bullshit (and if you’ve been redirected to this thread and are unsure whether the racists have been adequately refuted, take a gander at that thread). At this point, all we’re doing is feeding their trollery–or, worse, feeding their genuinely racist martyrdom complexes. And that means we’re encouraging them to say even more hateful things, hateful things they’re allowed to get away with. And those hateful things are hurting folks on this board that I respect and like.
So let’s stop feeding them. Don’t respond to this thread, and only respond to their racist bullshit with a link to this thread that encourages others not to respond.
Who’s with me? No, don’t say. If you really want to discuss it, perhaps here would be the place to do so.