A few nasty comments here at Just Up The Pike are getting me worried enough to consider re-instating the ban on anonymous posting from August.
Now, I'm all for people making ignorant statements - such as this Rockville woman's anti-townhouse rant in last week's Gazette - but if you're going to do so, please show some backbone and give yourself a name; otherwise, I reserve the right to delete your comment.
Intelligent commenters fear not: you will always have a place at Just Up The Pike . . . and in my heart.
Up to this point, I had no indication as to any poster on here's ancestry (or gender for that matter, other than names used).
And I pretty much prefer it that way - being able to interact more objectively here with others' ideas and all parties being unencumbered by forming far less relevant subjective opinions of those ideas due to backgrounds, etc.
As to the oreo picture placed next to a critical commentary, to me it does seem inappropriate, labeling a person as appearing of one race but acting like another. To me, it seems to imply the attributes being criticized are the "white" parts, which could certainly offend some vanilla wafers who don't share Mr. Steele's views.
There are better analogies to find out there that won't offend.
I left two comments that were referred to as "nasty." In this case, it seems "nasty" equates to pointing out obvious and blatant racism by a so-called progressive.
I stick by my original post: true progressives would never, ever stoop to such disgraceful racism. Yet apparently because of Michael Steele's political affiliation, racist analogies are perfectly acceptable?
And yes, it's possible for people of all races, creeds, religions, etc., to be racist. It's not the exclusive purview of a single group of people.
(Yes, my name is Dan - but not THAT Dan)
I don't think I'll ever meet my readers or the writers of other local blogs, but it's good to match a name with a profile pic, or a style of writing. Aliases allow race and background to melt away if the writer wants the same way anonymity does, but they make conversation online a lot easier.
And, if you've got a problem with something I've said, I'll appreciate it a lot more if you give me a name of some kind.
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