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Blocked for this???
I think Facebook’s moderation algorithm might have a limited vocabulary or just a really serious problem.
20 days later, I am still blocked.
There was a time not so long ago when racism in America was institutionalized. It was a winning political platform especially among Southern Democrats. The 1964 Civil Rights Act caused the party to split and the racist became Republicans (as Pres. Lyndon Johnson predicted).
The only thing that has changed is that more moderate (educated) Republicans don’t pronounce their racism publicly but rarely take a stand against it.
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”
Piker (Eric S.) is just an ignorant racist, but Audra Sigler Shaw is an ignorant racist endorsed by Bobby Jindal for President of the Young Republicans.
This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a [Young Republicans] Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.
It is the obligation of all Republicans to stand up against the racism so deeply rooted in their party, starting with Bobby Jindal.
But don’t hold your breath. Spineless people prefer to run and hide. Case in point: Both Audra Sigler Shay and Eric S Piker have disappeared from Facebook…just more racism shoved back into the shadows.
1 In the last year, I’ve read at least 40 books but only two of them were novels
2 I’m creeped out by insects, snakes and rodents
3 Dealing with money makes me crazy.
4 I’m a bad sports fan – I think someone should cheer for the away team at every game
5 I prefer red to white wine
6 I’m an INFP
7 I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon twice, Bald Mountain in the Uintahs multiple times, and kayaked the Gulfe Dulce in Costa Rica but I don’t really like the outdoors
8 I’m sometimes more comfortable talking to strangers than friends and family
9 My favorite uncle was a homeless junkie – and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met
10 I think I’m not very smart because I’ve always surrounded myself with brilliant people
11 My favorite poet is Walt Whitman
12 I love US history and I can’t understand people who don’t
13 Left to my own devices, I’d sleep till noon every day and go to be at 4 or 5 a.m.
14 I once worked graveyard shifts at a hotel
15 My favorite place in Colonial Williamsburg is the DeWitt-Wallace decorative arts museum
16 My favorite drink is hot tea, my second favorite iced tea.
17 I starred as a rock star in a one act play in college
18 No matter how late it is, I can’t go to bed without having a last cup of tea
19 I don’t think good and evil exist outside of the human heart and I don’t think there are many absolutes in the world.
20 I think most people’s lives are harder than they feel free to ever admit to anyone else.
21 My favorite foods are spicy, interesting and can’t have shellfish since it makes me sick
22 I’m so honored by the friendship of the amazing people I know and love – people who are smart, passionate, committed, multi-faceted, witty, funny and interested in the world around them.
23 My friends inspire every single day
24 I loved being a student at Judge Memorial but I would never try to recreate that time
25 I think I lead a very boring life.