Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where is the Outrage?

One week ago today, some jackass from Senator Saxby Chambliss's Georgia office left a comment on Joe.My.God., a gay right's blog, saying "All faggots must die."  Chambliss's staff have yet to determine (or announce) the perpetrator.  This death threat was mentioned briefly in the news (here, here, and here), but it has generated little news coverage.

I want to know where the outrage is.  If some anonymous senate staffer posted "All n*****s must die" on a civil rights bog, all hell would break lose.  Al Sharpton would be protesting in front of the office the very next day.  Every news show in the country would use the story as their lead, demanding answers from the Senator's office. Congressional leaders would issue statements and hold press conferences denouncing the comment, and demanding action.  The Senator whose office the remark was traced to would make a tearful apology and fire the offending staffer.

But, this was a gay rights blog, and the offending comment was hateful to gays, and, apparently, hate speech towards gays, even from the office of a Senator, is still acceptable to much of this country. We are still a long way from the point when f***** is considered just as offensive and hateful as n*****.

And that is a problem.

3 comments:

  1. Yes, a big problem! I am outraged!

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  2. Marc from Sea BrightOctober 5, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Saxby Chambliss is the jackass Senator from Georgia who had the gaul to run against the then incumbent Senator Max Cleland in 2002, primarily on the allegation Cleland was anti-american. This despite the fact Cleland was was a decorated Vietnam war hero who lost both of his legs and his right forearm as a result of injuries sustained in the war.

    I had not heard about this new story concerning Saxby Chambliss until reading it here on your blog .... but knowing Chambliss's history it really didn't come as a surprise. While I doubt Chambliss posted the offending messages directly, it doesn't surprise me in the least that he would employ someone on his staff who would and that after the posting that he wouldn't take a serious interest in discovering who did.

    The citizens of Georgia should be ashamed of themselves for electing and then re-electing this man in 2002 and 2008 respectively. How pathetic.

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  3. Yeah, it is no surprise that such a comment would come from Chambliss's office. He doesn't make such a great role model.

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