Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children
By Chris Parry
These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front.
The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, "To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds."
Though this may sound like the sort of thing one might read on an Aryan Nation or white power website, they actually appeared on what is commonly considered one of the prime online locations for U.S. Conservative grassroots political discussion and organizing--and for a short time, the comments seemed to have the okay of site administrators.
Moderators of the blog left the comments--and commenters--in place until a complaint was lodged by a writer doing research on the conservative movement, almost a full day later.
"Could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there?" wrote one commenter.
"They make me sick .... The whole family... mammy, pappy, the free loadin' mammy-in-law, the misguided chillin', and especially 'lil cuz... This is not the America I want representin' my peeps," wrote another.
Such was the onslaught of derision on the site that the person who originally complained about the slurs, a Kristin N., claims only one comment in the first hundred posted actually criticized the remarks as inappropriate.
Let's reiterate the key point: This happened on a major, mainstream conservative website, not some fringe site. Therefore, the postings reflect the views of mainstream conservatives.
Glad to see I was basically right when I attributed racist views to the Palin lovers, teabaggers, and other hypocrites who have protested Obama's policies. If more than a fraction of them would act the same way toward Barack Obama and Barry O'Brien, I'd be surprised.
This posting is relevant here because it shows the continued racism against blacks and other minorities. I have little doubt the response would be similar for our first Latino, Asian, Indian, woman, gay, Muslim, or atheist president. White male Christian Americans aren't ready to give up the white privilege they've clung to for centuries.
For more on the subject, see Highlights of the US Report to the UN on Racism.