The Jury Talks Back

6/11/2009

CNN: Hate New Internet Phenomenon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 11:08 pm

In a fairly breathless story, CNN claims that Barack Obama’s election and the lousy economy have spawned a huge increase in hate-based comments on the Internet.

“The traffic [on online hate discussion groups] has really been high, and there are more people who feel their voice isn’t being represented,” said Randy Blazak, associate professor at Portland State University in Oregon and director of the Hate Crime Research Network.

“I’ve heard white people say whites are being fired from their jobs because they’re white, and that there’s going to be a new left-wing regime that will restrict people’s rights,” Blazak said.

The number of active hate groups in the United States rose from 602 in 2000 to 926 in 2008 — an increase of 54 percent — according to the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.

This would be funny if it wasn’t so predictable.  Yes, there are still racists in America.  Yes, Obama has riled them up.  But no more than, say, a Christian president riled up Christian-haters.

This is no more new than homelessness is new every time a Republican takes office.  You want hate?  Go scan the Democrat Underground circa 2001-2008.  Or listen to any sermon by Reverend Wright.  Or a recent monologue on CBS.

But I guess those aren’t “hate” to CNN.  Can’t be hate when you’re laughing.

Update: As Jesse Walker posts on Reason: “The fact that communist spies really existed didn’t justify Joseph McCarthy’s antics” and the fact that crazy white racists exist doesn’t justify the new scare tactics.


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