The FreeRepublic.com blog should be embarrassed that it has become a springboard for anti-Obama racist and hate remarks.
It should be apologetic if for no other reason than it is providing ammunition to those that want to paint conservatives as racist and the new fringe.
An outbreak of crass and racist commentary recently broke out within one of its threads. One Canadian newspaper headlined its story as ‘Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children’. A number of other newspapers also picked this story up.
Conservatives should vocally and publicly reject the hateful remarks made about both the Obama family and specifically the Obama children — as it reflects directly upon conservatives and reinforces an unneeded and wrong stereotype.
Here are some of the comments made:
- About Malia Obama: “A typical street whore.” “Wonder when she will get her first abortion.”
- About Family and Obama Entourage: “A bunch of ghetto thugs.” “Ghetto street trash.”
- About Michelle Obama: “To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds.”
I am a regular reader of the FreeRepublic blog. Much good and insightful exchange goes on there.
To the credit of many of FreeRepublic’s users there was pushback by its readers, as well as additional racist commentary ladled out to complement the initial comments.
As one FreeRepublic user wrote: “To Jim Thompson: The recent uptick here in racist vitriol, aimed at Barrack, Michelle and their children has made me wonder if I belong. My objection to Obama has nothing to do with skin tone. Is the ugly stereotype of Conservative racism true?” Jim Thompson is the FreeRepublic site moderator.
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It now appears that the FreeRepublic has pulled the thread as of Monday, July 13th.
Note: Some of the responses from those that disagreed with the earlier racist comments were just as wrong. We are not a better people when we try to out trash talk others.