Racism is like a cancer on society

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

A reader called me Wednesday to say what an absolute abomination the

Register's Web site has become because of the racist comments some

readers are posting below stories about the state patrol troopers and their

KKK prank. I must immediately remove all these comments, she said, and the Register should cut off the reader comment sections on these stories.

I share her frustration.

But if we shut down the comments section on these stories would we simply be trying to hide the racism that exists in our community? If we do that will the bigots simply cease to exist? Should we deny everyone the opportunity to offer their opinions on this important story because some comments are extremely offensive?

Should we allow some people out there who would proudly wear the white hood of a Klansman to shut down the comments section on these stories?

Hide it all and it will go away?

We have removed dozens of hate comments and are being forced to act as an

uncomfortable censor in this situation. We may very well be forced to shut

down the comments section on these stories, as the caller suggested, but

what exactly will that accomplish? Everyone will get to pretend racist bigots do not exist, and all will be well in our community again.

Racism is like a cancer on a community. Isn't it better to know you have

cancer, to acknowledge and fight it or would it be better to simply hide it

from view?

That, it seems to me, is the choice. I don't know the correct answer.

Comments

Anonymous

matt, are you referring to the cancer on meigs st. by chance? one exists in the city bldg. yet the commission choses to ignore it. cancer has been on the 2nd floor of 222 meigs since 1998.... your thoughts on racism show how people think in vague generalities and stereotypes. ignorance is no excuse nor is stupdity. unfortunately, erie county has its share of both....

Anonymous

" Now would be a good time to promote racial healing rather than more hate in Sandusky. The NAACP could show a good will gesture toward healing by talking to the Patrol about bring these officers back, under very strict behavior terms and their last chance agreement. This way the NAACP, who can still claim victory, which they did by having these men fired, can also show kindness toward their fellow man. The community will understand the NAACP will not tolerate racisim and the Patrol will see they too must be more diverse to the citizens they protect. The unions and attorneys will also be kept out of this whole mess and we won't have people talking sides again when the officers go for their hearings on their firing. By rehiring these men the caucasian community will see an attempt by the NAACP to promote good will between races. These officers were idiots for what they did and I'm sure they would be closely monitired by the Patrol as well as the community. Rightfully, the NAACP proved their organization will not tolerate this kind of behavior. Let's try to make develope something positive out of this unfortunate situation rather than further divide the community and promote more racial hate in the world. "

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Erie Countian

Mr. Westerhold, these comment sections became a major problem long before the KKK prank stories. The ability to comment anonymously is abused by many, and thoughtfully used by few. I myself have contacted you in the past with concerns about the racism, hate and downright stupidity and ignorance being fostered on here. We all know that racism exists, but why give the racists and other weirdos an open forum to spew their hate and ignorance? In some cases you leave the WORST comment sections on here well past the time they should have been removed. It is obvious that the Register enjoys fanning the flames of controversy in order to spark interest in this website and to sell more newspapers. I feel the Register is dividing our community by allowing these comment sections to remain as out of control as they have become. I believe you could fix the problem almost immediately by taking away the anonymity factor and require people to give their names, just as you do in the Readers Forum. I would prefer to see these comment sections disappear rather than see them continue to give a platform to racists and other morons. The Register has been unable to police these sections properly. These comments serve no purpose now except to cause trouble and have been taken over by people who abuse the privilege of writing on here. You are tearing our community apart a little more every day that you allow this problem to continue.

Anonymous

Comments are just that "comments", good, bad, indifferent!!

Some people are offended by the comments, just as some are by our community leaders!

Bottom line, people are people and will do "things" we may not agree with, but heck, who does agree on everything???

Anonymous

Remember when chidren were taught that if one can't say anything nice, don't say anything?

If the Register is going to offer this forum, then hate mongering should NOT be allowed in the name of old fashioned GOOD MANNERS. It's one thing to discuss something and state an opinion. It's a totally different ball game when one is verbally bashing some of these posters and the Sandusky Register needs to exercize their DELETE button on them.

The writers of the Constitution had no way to predict that their document would be used to verbally bash others. Remember, people if you were hitting someone with your fists, you could be put in jail. It's not any different with words, is it?

I had to sign my letters to the editor and so should the posters on here.

Anonymous

Remember when children were taught that if one can't say anything nice, don't say anything?

If the Register is going to offer this forum, then hate mongering should NOT be allowed in the name of old fashioned GOOD MANNERS. It's one thing to discuss something and state an opinion. It's a totally different ball game when one is verbally bashing some of these posters and the Sandusky Register needs to exercize their DELETE button on them.

The writers of the Constitution had no way to predict that their document would be used to verbally bash others. Remember, people if you were hitting someone with your fists, you could be put in jail. It's not any different with words, is it?

I had to sign my letters to the editor and so should the posters on here.

Anonymous

You are right, Racism/Bigotry, to a degree, is like a cancer. If you've ever had to face it personally or w/a loved one, you better understand the battle! As a teenager, coming up in the late 60's and early70's, boy did we get a taste, for a time, of (reverse) racism. As a 13 yr. old (8th.grader), I didn't understand what it was I may have done to require protection from the school. Wasn't like I/we walked around calling names, etc.. We just WERE (white)! It was the same year that Robt. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were assasinated. I remember having to be escorted to the busses that took us home, as well as a girlfriend who was attacked and had her head put infront of the front bus-tire of a bus! Well, after about 2 yrs. of rocky-roads, by the time our Soph.-Jr. year rolled around, we learned WE REALLY LOVED ONE ANOTHER, and by the time we graduated had become good friends, with love and respect for one another! It took a few years, but we gained understanding/knowledge! All this animosity over the color of skin, and the greatest perpetrators were adults! Children learn what they live, and I wasn't raised in a bigoted/racist home! As far as the NAACP is concerned, I feel they represent me as much as they do those of color. They were more than willing to come to our aid, when a letter from a non-profit org. was needed, in order to have a hall donated to raise money to establish a scholarship fund in memory of a young man (like a son to us) who died unexpectedly. His own school (board members) refused the request. All we needed was a letter stating he was a student/graduate of the school system. The excuse, "don't have a policy for that"! Want to talk about a bad/bitter taste left in MY MOUTH, not to mention his MOTHERS'! If there is anything I support, it's an individuals CIVIL RIGHTS, whether you CHOOSE to be bigoted/racist, or not! As much as they may HATE, I choose to speak out against! That is MY RIGHT! I am gratefull that the NAACP chose to speak-out about such a prank/joke, (NOT)! It would of been worse to remain SILENT! There are MANY that prefer that we would! Those are the individuals that are the real cowards, hiding in fields w/white masks over their heads, then threaten to come to our little city, 15,000 strong (The White Knights)! Maybe it's time, as a community, that we address the IGNORANCE/IGNORING of the problem! I've been told by black friends that racism here in Sandusky is SILENT! Just like Cancer (the Silent Killer), you don't know until it rears it's UGLY HEAD! Our best bet is to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, and treat the CANCER! It's the ugly, nasty comments that some of us are opposed too. You know, the ones you don't have to question in regards to whether-or-not they cross that "Report Abuse" line! Fight the good fight Matt! Cause I know that when push comes to shove, I am on the side that helps cure the ILLS OF SOCIETY, RACISM/BIGOTRY (cause they go hand-in-hand) being a major ILLNESS! Thanks for the opportunity to express my personal beliefs....Vicki Bird

Anonymous

The comments on all articles give insight into the community that one can not find anywhere else. Like all communities there is an ugly side. To hide this or condem it is an not an act of understanding, by truly one of censorship, one of the things that most newspapers will not stand for. I support and encourage you to leave the comments section as is. Currently I am studying the Nazi years in Germany. Had newspapers been online, and allowed coments without censorship, many issues may have been discussed openly and the outcome may have been different. This particular comment section has to do with law enforcement and the KKK. What better issue to discuss in an anonymous forum? Let's imagine for a moment we are in Alabama in the 50-60's and newspapers were like the SR and comments were allowed. Do you think you would have opposed it then? We have came a long way baby, don't stop the progress.

Anonymous

Matt Westerhold is a cancer! He is a racist little pain in the behind. He doesn't like gun owners! That means he discriminates! He will never know the correct answer! These troopers were letting off some stress. We all know that to be true! Strickland got it all wrong. Thank Matt and the Register for screwing over good people

Anonymous

Yes, there is an ugly side to EVERY community. But why must the Register give them a platform like this to abuse? If people truly believe in what they write or say, make them use their real names to say it instead of letting them hide behind their anonymity. Keep the comments sections uncensored if you must, but make folks use their names. I bet most of these hatemongers wouldn't have the guts to write anything on here if they had to be accountable for their words!

Anonymous

Yes,what these 2 officers did was wrong,
but to fire them was wrong.I worked at a
local plant for 31yrs.and seen it happen
to whites.In other words,it happens to all races.Strickland was under pressure
to correct the problem.I don't agree with this at all.

Anonymous

Usually I comment under the anonymous name Client#9. For some reason I missed the #9 on last comment. But, I think you miss the whole point. Who in the world would use their real name to comment on Law Enforcement, the KKK or any other potentially violent organization? If the Jews had been able to comment on Nazi Germany in the 30's and used their real names, what do you imagine would happen? Keep it anonymous. By the way, I notice you did not sign your name. Would you have commented if you were forced to sign your name?

Anonymous

These comments aren't just vicious when it comes to racism...some people will attack anyone. I was the subject of many nasty comments when my name was mentioned in an article that was published in the Sandusky Register. Every moral I had was questioned and the derogatory comments seemed endless. It is ridiculous in this day and age that people still resort to such childish and unintelligent behavior. A good lesson some could learn is to think before you type.

Anonymous

IMHO the problem is that the open discussion and exchange of ideas seems to get lost in the slanderous and libelous comments. There is a difference between free speech and yelling *fire* in a crowded theater. Anyone can post anything they want about anyone without backing it up with facts. I could post that A has hit his wife, that B has had sex with most of the county, that C has had sex with most of the lawn furniture in the county, and that D is gay, and in fact all these comments have been posted in various blogs over the past few months. Requiring posters to login with a user id is not inhibiting free speech, its screening the garbage. Most respected and reputable blogs require logging in with an user id to prevent such abuse of the comments. And per rereClient I'll start by putting a name up.

Anonymous

NO, I would NOT have used my name if required because as of now there are way too many sickos and weirdos on here. I would not feel safe, so I DO see your point about using a real name when commenting about law enforcement or KKK or things like that! Guess I didn't think that through enough. But "Green Lilacs" has a good idea about the user ID thing!

Anonymous

Assuming she's a good looking woman, can you tell me how to get in touch with 'B'?

Thanks!

Anonymous

NAACP could play a huge roll in healing all of this. All I ever read is fire them, sue them, or severly reprimand them. That definately puts me on the defensive. This burries the problem deeper out of sight and the division wider. Has NAACP ever cried "fire them, sue them, or severly reprimand them" against Black? We could use a citizens Organization, as opposed to a Black organization. Today we're all fighting for the same things, fighting for what few jobs there are to offer in the area, fighting for equality and respect.

Blogger

It is entirely possible to have a screen name to protect a blogger from the weirdos, while having that blogger's real identity registered with forum administrators. I am a regular visitor to several forums, and this is the only one that doesn't require such accountability.

Freedom of speech is our right as Americans, but every right we have comes with an equal portion of responsibility. Allowing people to post under almost absolute anonymity is just begging for participation by those who would use these forums like a restroom wall.

Anonymous

Great comment Blogger. I absolutely agree. I also comment on other forums, and having a user id keeps the discussion from descending into the 'Lord of the Flies' territory that the SR blogs have become. Your 'restroom walls' analogy was spot on

Anonymous

Kudos to the excellent suggestions for registered screen names. ARE YOU READING THIS MATT?? Now pull yourself up to acting in the best interests of the educated people and DO what is asked of you. Bring some integrity back to the paper business. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing, not what is sensational, nasty or verbal abuse of your readers and posters.

Anonymous

Ms. Manners is right, Matt. Do the right thing, PLEASE!

Bob

If you want racism to stop then all you have to do is excel above the expectations as a race in the minds of those who view you as they currently do.

In other words, if they think your a lower race yelling that their racists is silly! Thats like telling someone that a pit bull is like a collie. There is a difference in the two breeds. Get the jist? While in Rome act like the Romans, you act out your Rap type manors I'm going to have a vision of you that you would call rasist. Act like a mature sensible citizen that takes pride in the way you dress instead of having your pants falling off your but, I'm staying clear of you.

Dont cry racisim, thats a bunch of bull! Funny how we view certain races to be superior/kind/educated but others we don't. Do you think it might be pants hanging off your but, or pimping with an attitude, how about speaking Jive. Nope, that to me is a lower form of civilization, and if you don't like it CHANGE your race. Bill Crosby tried to do so and the blacks turned on him! Funny, the Jews turned on Jesus too, and murdered him. Tough to ignore the comparisons.

Anonymous

As a "white" person, I am offended by the racial epithet, "cracker". I demand that this foul word be stricken from the English language. I will be petitioning in the cr--ker aisle at Kroger, and the Cr--ker Barrel restaurant. Anyone who uses the word "cr--ker" is a filthy racist.

Anonymous

The Register once again shows their self-rightous side by trying to convince us (and themselves) that they have some moral obligation to provide this forum, and that somehow it benefits our community. Keep telling yourself that. The truth is racism thrives and grows in a mob mentality. While many (obviously) have always had racist attitudes, the Register gives this mob a place to meet and build each other up. Whether Matt wants to admit it or not, the Register is making a bad problem WORSE. But keep telling yourself its all in the name exposing a truth if that helps you sleep at night. The reality is its in the name of providing a petrie dish for the cancer to grow and thrive.

Anonymous

I was just looking at the NorwalkReflector.com site. To comment there you have to login to create a user id and account. Aren't these 2 papers owned by the same publisher? If the NR has the technology, how hard is it for the Register to implement the same thing?

Anonymous

I don't think you have thought this through. Let's assume for a moment that you have registered your actual name with the SR and made a comment about a State Trooper which offended him. So he files suit to make the SR give up your name so he can file suit against you and then he looses the suit. Do you really want this sort potential exposure, or will it limit what you MAY have said. Best to leave things alone and be happy that you can voice your opinion without worry about reprisal.

Anonymous

Matt,
Don't change a thing! This is America. The SR should be proud that it provides a place for people to vent their feelings no matter what the subject is, to restrict this would buried their feelings. People need to know what is out there. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous

I agree with you totally. I can just picture Mr. Westerhold and the others down there on Market Street wringing their hands in dismay and frustration over the mess these comments sections have become....YEAH, RIGHT.
They are actually licking their chops and salivating everytime they can stir up more controversy and division. They could do something to fix the rampant abuse on here by having the user ID and account that others have mentioned, but I really don't believe they truly want to do the right thing, not if it means people will lose interest in their website or newspaper.

Anonymous

Matt, Of the 10 Top Comments, 7 have to do with race issues. That is 70%. It appears to me that the Sandusky Register is acting like a "cheerleader" to promote racism and to promote anger among the minorities. You could say that the Sandusky Register is acting like the CARCINOGEN to promote the cancer. The SR will "sensationalize" minor events and make mountains out of mole hills, report "news" that is not factual or not bother to even report the news such as those Perkins teachers that got fired. So why not report the news about the Perkins teachers or is this a taboo subject?

I am a white male who used to support the NAACP. I have seen racism but I have also been a victim of racism by blacks. I recall the "quotas" where so many blacks needed to be hired before any whites, especially the white males, could even be considered for a job. Blacks have filled jobs where they failed to meet the qualifications of the job or were promoted simply due to "quotas." Now this is not right or equal.

My opinion is that the NAACP promotes racism. Most white people are not racists at all but you have some white people who are angry at the "establishment" because they are the "victims" of the "quota" system.
You also have white people who are punished or lose their jobs while the same infractions by minorities are overlooked.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
"Colored People"..... isn't it time for a name change? This name (NAACP) has been around for 100 years. Instead of "Colored People" change the name to "Minority People" because there has always been discrimination against ALL minorities. Minority people come from all races, national origin, religion, physical limitations, etc.
NAAMP (National Association for the Advancement of Minority People) would be a better name for modern times. Do be proud of your heritage and customs but stop using the name "African Americans" and just refer to yourselves as "Americans" as we are all Americans in this so called melting pot. IMO, instead of the minorities integrating with American society, the NAACP hangs on to 100 year old traditions and keeps blacks segregated from the melting pot. I have to agree with Bill Cosby, people should listen more to Bill Cosby instead of to Sharpton and Jackson.

In closing, I have to wonder why a big issue was made about the Trooper incident (they were punished and humiliated) but nothing was done about the Jevon Wilson and Corey Clark incidents. The NAACP needs to change its focus on promoting equal justice, promoting quality education and promoting that all people stay in school, study hard and work towards successful goals in life.

And as I mentioned earlier, the sensational reporting (or lack of reporting) by the Sandusky Register is the CARCINOGEN that spreads and keeps alive racism that exists in our area.

Anonymous

Your carcinogen comment is right on. I used the analogy of the Register being the petri dish in which the cancer can grow. It amazes me that the Register doesn't see this! Is Matt that deep in denial, or does he really believe what he says?

Anonymous

In America, of those aged 18 years and younger, only 28% are white.
'Minority' no longer fits blacks. NAACP should keep 'colored people'
Most Americans want to discuss race, openly. A few would choose to have it censored. No one dares discuss race, unless it is done by 'annon' on some message board. It results in being labeled a 'racist', physical threats or the loss of employment, when the person states a true identity.
As long as we are forced to accomodate diversity, there will be conflict. If blacks (or you may substitute 'white' anywhere here) were allowed to have their own place, (ie: black neighborhoods, black schools, black government, black workplaces, black police, or even a black region of the country, etc.) this 'racism' may become a non-issue. Unity is not allowed in a Diverse culture. Diversity divides and fosters racism. Racism is a form of Unity -- Black or White. I am for racial separation. I think that all children deserve to grow up in a neighborhood where their race is the majority. I like to be around other people who are like ME. When I look at another person I like to see part of my own extended family. I am not comfortable around people who are NOT like me. That makes me a 'racist'. I treat everyone with the same kindness and respect, until they do or say something prove they do not deserve my kindness or respect.
Unfortunately, the government frowns upon such notions. Freedom of Association is another freedom lost in America. It is replaced by forced association.

A strong black community..A strong white community..A strong Christian community..Forbidden by our government.

A. White. Woman

Anonymous

Do you *really* think shutting the comment section down would make everyone pretend racist bigots do not exist? Come on--we all know there are bigots. White AND Black. I have seen so much BS in the comment section for the past year or so and it isn't funny...how many times can the SR spin a story? Is it to instigate more hate? Get more people reading your paper? It's ridiculous. Just on your "top comment" section, I see six stories about the troopers. Just a bit overkill... Nobody at the SR wants to "mind the store" and keep an eye on comments so what do they do? They want the readers to police the comments and hit a little button that says "report abuse". If you're going to have a comment section, for God's sake, have somebody at least monitor it---somebody that you employ. There's a big difference between differences in opinions and out and out hatred, bashing, threats, etc and the SR is not wanting to "censor" that? I agree with the posters who feel the SR is enjoying all this upheavel---you all get to sit back in your offices and enjoy the ensuing online fighting and namecalling.

Anonymous

I wish the Sandusky Register would monitor these "comments" before allowing them to post. Recently, I've been named in several and I had no involvement in what the article was pertaining to. I've been slandered, references made to my family, and threats. Please think about what you are doing before someone gets hurt. Especially when its an innocent party.

Anonymous

The white robes and hoods worn by the KKK are for the pupose of anonymity for those who are racist. The anonymous Register blog serves the same purpose. Matt how does it feel to be passing out white robes and hoods every day?

Anonymous

First of all...IT IS A NEWSPAPER COMMENT PAGE. Why are you taking it so personally? How are threats made against you are you putting your name address and all that info? If you dont like what is on here..dont read it. If these people writing were anyone of importance, why would they be arguing over the internet?

Anonymous

WHY CANT ALL THIS BS JUST STOP?? WHATS DONE IS DONE, AND I AM SOO TIRED OF READING IT AND SEEING IT EVERY SINGLE D*** DAY IN THE PAPER.. THESE MEN MADE N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L NEWS... THEY HAVE HAD TO PUT UP WITH ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING TO READ OR HEAR WHAT HALF OF YALL THINK ABOUT THAT IS HOT ON THE PRESS.. IT WAS A JOKE.. THEY ARNT GOING TO PULL YOU OVER OR JUST START RANDOM CRAP WITH YOU BECAUSE YOUR BLACK...GET OVER YOUR SELFS... THE NAACP N-E-V-E-R SHOULD HAVE STEPPED IN POINT.BLANK.SIMPLE

Anonymous

The only problem with your theory is that we know the medicines to help heal or cure cancer and what we don't know research is being done everyday to find it out. Your comment section is diagnosing the cancer, but your not nor is the paper, or the community trying to treat the condition. So your theory has a big hole in it, unless your organization is willing to go a step further then just putting it out there. Need help let me know.

Common Sense

In response to problem: What are WE doing to treat this condition? It seems as if the SR has put this story into their paper and continue to feed it because we are letting them know by the number of responses that we favor this form of news. Many of us find it hard to respond in person for fear of reprisal and that is on both sides of the "race" card. It is unfortunate that we live in a time when we hide behind such terms as being "politically correct" in order to be afforded the privilege to be thin-skinned.
I grew up in a household where we were told that life isn't fair and you could either walk away or deal with it, but most of all, you didn't boohoo about it. Sometimes, you've got to take it in and move on to better things.

Anonymous

You will continue to have racism through time until we are treated equal.

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, etc. ....And then there are just - Americans

You pass me on the street
And sneer in my direction.
You Call me "White boy,"
"Cracker," "Honkey,"
"Whitey," "Caveman," .... And that's OK.

But when I call you N i g g e r, K ike, T owel head, Sand-n i g g e r, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink... You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of viloence against you, So why are the ghettos the most Dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi.
You Have Yom Hashoah.
You have the NAACP.
You have Miss black America
You have the afro ball
And you have BET.

If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) .... We'd be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day .... You would call us racists. If we had White History Month .... We'd be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites
To "advance" OUR lives. We'd be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
A Black Chamber of Commerce, And then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?
If we had a college fund that only gave
White students scholarships .... You know we'd be racists.
There are over 60 openly-proclaimed
Black-only Colleges in the US ,
Yet if there were "White-only Colleges" .... THAT would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March,
You believed that you were
Marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights,
.... You would call us racists
You are proud to be black,
Brown, yellow and orange,
And you're not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride
.... You call us racists.
You rob us,
Carjack us,
And shoot at us.
But, when a white police officer
Shoots a black gang member
Or beats up a black drug-dealer
Who is running from the LAW and
Posing a threat to ALL of society
.... You call him a racist.
I am proud. .... But, you call me a racist.
Why is it that only Whites can be racists?

Anonymous

look at all the blogs and the articles in "your paper"; of the ten blogs 6 have to do with the KKK; 3 have to do with Nuesse and 1 with McClung who has been the butt of blogs over the last couple months; AND if these are not enough you are now posting the dollars being paid to Nuesse while on paid leave which, by the way, was the decision of the city commissioner; it sure would be re-freshing to read about some of the positive things going on in the community or the paper looking more at helping people to find jobs and present a positive side to our community so that someone would want to come here; reading the paper and the blogs would not encourage anyone to come to this community

Anonymous

You will continue to have racism through time until we are treated equal.

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, etc. ....And then there are just - Americans

You pass me on the street
And sneer in my direction.
You Call me "White boy,"
"Cracker," "Honkey,"
"Whitey," "Caveman," .... And that's OK.

But when I call you N i g g e r, K ike, T owel head, Sand-n i g g e r, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink... You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of viloence against you, So why are the ghettos the most Dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi.
You Have Yom Hashoah.
You have the NAACP.
You have Miss black America
You have the afro ball
And you have BET.

If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) .... We'd be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day .... You would call us racists. If we had White History Month .... We'd be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites
To "advance" OUR lives. We'd be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
A Black Chamber of Commerce, And then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?
If we had a college fund that only gave
White students scholarships .... You know we'd be racists.
There are over 60 openly-proclaimed
Black-only Colleges in the US ,
Yet if there were "White-only Colleges" .... THAT would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March,
You believed that you were
Marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights,
.... You would call us racists
You are proud to be black,
Brown, yellow and orange,
And you're not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride
.... You call us racists.
You rob us,
Carjack us,
And shoot at us.
But, when a white police officer
Shoots a black gang member
Or beats up a black drug-dealer
Who is running from the LAW and
Posing a threat to ALL of society
.... You call him a racist.
I am proud. .... But, you call me a racist.
Why is it that only Whites can be racists?

Anonymous

yes, it is wrong to hide racisim but until it is ackowledged as going both ways it will NEVER be solved; the time has come to have an open discussion and the first step HAS to be that it goes both ways and we work from that and as long as there are all the groups/holidays and other programs tilted towards minorities reagardless of qualifications but just because they are whatever we will continue to have problems and yes, there are proably more whites on welfare than any other group

Anonymous

That's because there are more whites period. Caucasians make up 68% of the American population yet; the trick is not to look at numbers total, but percentage per poopulation group. Those numbers will tell a the whole story.

Anonymous

what a bunch of losers in sandusky.

Anonymous

I don't think you should get rid of the commenets section. I think people from all over the country should know what people in Sandusky are really like. I for one hope that all national news outlets pick up these kind of stories. It is especially good for young people who think that everyone is the same.I LOVE IT! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous

The KKK stunt is less about racisism and more about powerful well-armed gang members acting like 12-year-old boys.

Anonymous

I haven't called you anything!!
United Negro College Fund? Who do you think benefits from every other scholarship & grant program in the country.
Black History Month? Every month is white history month.
MLK Day? Did you forget about Lincoln, Washington birthdays, every monument, national park, scupture, museum,& airport named for some white man.
Black only colleges? Untrue. Try predominately Black vs all the rest of the universities in the country.
For which rights do you need to march??
Rob You? The vast majority of Black crime is against Black people. Gather your friends and write down names of white people you know that have been robbed by Black people. Short List??
Cops shooting gang members? It's never gang members. It's always "I thought he had a gun"
I feel your pain as the most oppressed group on the planet, but you need to make a better case.

Anonymous

@RE Matt ...Whats Your Problem :
Nice try but it doesn't fly.
You are missing the whole point as usual and tipping on the race card about to be pulled out. First of all there is not a white college fund, period. Second there is not a white history month, Comparing Mlk to Lincoln, Washington, is like comparing a kite to the space shuttle, these men were presidents, not a civil activist!
Yes there are black only colleges and you know it!!
You ask what rights I need to March for, let's see black and white applies for a job, black person will get it because employer fears reprocussion of black raciests and naacp, just for one.
You are partially correct in the robbing aspect, but one main contributor for blacks robbing blacks instead of whites is the passing of CCW. Proven fact crime rates have dropped enoroumusly.
The gang member issue, you must live in a cave or are throughly brainwashed by naacp, you my misinformed sheep need to do some more research!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Keep it up! Regardless of subject matter, these blogs allow everyone to see exactly how we are. People need to have this. In most of our daily life we are told to watch how we talk. Or in different situations we aren't allowed to speak like we want to (Courtrooms). Offensive? Sure a lot of it is. Honest? Yes. I've been informed by others. These blogs allow others to really say what they want to.

Anonymous

C'mon, '007', just type your username.

Anonymous

Let's try this again. I didn't compare MLK to Lincoln or Washington. I made the point that we many instances that white people are honored in this country. Humor me. Please name a few Black only colleges. If there is no white history month. What history do you think has been taught in schools for the last 150 years? I don't have problem celebrating the accomplishments of Lincoln, Washington or any person whose name we find on government buildings, airports, highways across the country. Your whinning argument about the poor disadvantaged white man is just WEAK. If you'll notice I haven't played the race card or complained about mistreatment of Blacks. Your comments are inaccurate. Don't forget to name a Black only college for us.

Anonymous

"And the words of the profits were written on the subway walls." Sure anyone can post here without being know. This gives anyone a "real feel" to other people's thoughts. It also lets younger people know the world truly is a hard & dirty place. Embrace decent people - hell you might not agree with them , but like you they are not perfect.

Anonymous

Gee Matt, did I pi$$ in your wheaties or what for you to ban using numbers in the user name? Lets see that would be 9mm and myself. Hey it's all good, doesn't really matter anyway, since I usually spend the summers on my boat.
See all you in the fall.. 007 "

Anonymous

Gee Matt, did I pi$$ in your wheaties or what for you to ban using numbers in the user name? Lets see that would be 9mm and myself. Hey it's all good, doesn't really matter anyway, since I usually spend the summers on my boat.
See all you in the fall.. 007 "

Anonymous

Re Common Sense: When your replying to someones comment, please reply to the comment. I don't understand what your talking about.

Anonymous

Open your minds is the first step to getting rid of iggnorance. I am a proud educated African American. I wish that all of these so called programs that some think is out there for just for "blacks" would help me. I am still paying back a student loan, and will probably for the rest of my natural life. Guess I did not get the memo for the free ride for blacks. I have been on medical leave and very well on my way to losing everything. Noone has said oh your "black" don't worry about anything we can help you. The same economic hardships "whites" face "blacks" face sevenfold. So if you know of any organization that will help me an African American get back on my feet without losing everything I have, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!

Anonymous

I WOULD CALL MY LOCAL NAACP. THEY ARE ALL ABOUT YOUR ADVANCEMENT..RIGHT?

Anonymous

WRONG!FYI THE NAACP DONT DO SQUAT OR GET INVOLVED FOR ANYONE UNLESS THEY CAN GET MAJOR PUBLICITY OR IF A HEFTY AMOUNT IS OFFERED FOR DONATION. THE HELP YOU PEOPLE GRIPE ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVING HAS BAISICALLY BEN NON-EXSISTANT SINCE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA ENDED.LIKE I SAID OUR FINANCIAL STRUGGLES ARE FAR WORSE THAN EUROPEAN AMERICANS. WE DON'T HAVE THE GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB NETWORK TO GET LOANS PUSHED THROUGH OR TO HELP US GET THAT SIX FIGURE SALARY. I SUGGEST THAT YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION AND EXACTLY WHAT IS THEY DO OR DON'T DO AND YOU FIND THAT ALL THIS TIME YOU HAVE BEEN CARRYING A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER THINKING AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE A SO MUCH HELP WHEN WE DON'T.

Anonymous

Matt, isnt there another community you can go to that needs a two faced "News Man"? I mean you have to be the biggest hypocrite I have ever seen. You are such a huge Kimmie supporter, now you're speaking out against racism. Well that is all well and good, but what are you doing about it? I mean other than sitting behind your computer condeming the men and women who have to deal with it every day. There is no question racism exists and goes both ways, so you are not uncovering some big secret. I would call into question your ethics, one day all will know how you got all your inside information about the soon-to-be-ex chief. Now you seem to want people to think you are this all knowing Civil Rights activist. You're a joke, you hide behind your pen and condem people. But soon, all will be known so enjoy this while it lasts

Anonymous

Remember, 007, red right returning. Remember that and you'll be all set when plying the high seas in your inflatable.

Anonymous

At Capn Stabbin :
The funny thing is that the 3 R'S is a valuable tool to know for sure, but I usually don't have to use that tool since my inflatable is a 36 ft,12ft beam Tiara. Look up a 2006 and i'm sure you will indeed see that it stickers well beyond your home value.
So as you sit down at the fishing pier wishing you could be on the lake, think Walmart and have your first mate buy you a kiddie pool and a hose to spray you with as you blog away in the summer heat.. Gotta run, on the way to PUT IN BAY AND KELLEYS.

Anonymous

This shouldn't be an argument about who's race got the underhand, it should be a discussion on how we can stop racism in our community. Like Matt said, people like to pretend that there is no problem, but there is. From the side of the black comunity, white people have more advantages. And from the side of the whit comunity, black people have more. But there shouldn't be a "white" or "black" community. We should be one community together trying to figure out what to do. Every one on here agrees on one thing: There's Racsim. But instead of figuring out how to get rid of it, they want to argue about whos more racsist. It makes me sad. It's been 50 years since Dr.King lived, and in case people forgot, while he did fight for black rights, at the end of the day his goal wasn't for "blacks to be better than whites" but for every one to be equal. He wasn't just rying to help black people, he was trying to help every one. We need to come together as a comunity if we ever are going to solve this problem. Every one together. White, Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Arabs...every one. If this is "the melting pot" then lets finally felt.

Anonymous

This is unfortunatly the situation in the US. In Pennslyvania when the primaries were held 92% of the black population voted for Obama. When asked at the exit polls who they voted for and why most of them said because he is black. If the whites who voted for Obama voted for Clinton instead, Clinton would be leading in the delegate count and the popular vote count. If this did happen, the whites would be called racists. Why does the media not see this for what it is. We all have to come together and vote for who is the best candidate and not the color of their skin or gender.

Anonymous

for hating white people so much they sure are chomping at the bit to impregnate white girls aren't they...Why would you want to make a kid with someone of another race that you hate wo much??? If they wouldn't act like gangsta thugs w? da blingz an da grillz maybe they wouldn't get judged so harsh by the rest of us...

Anonymous

Like the way you think SeaChelle! Re: At Cappn Stabbin....Talk about arrogance! That 36ft. Tiara means jack-squat! Be very carefull you're not operating under the influece, cause we know just how much of a party-place the islands can be for you and those of like-mind! The boat don't make the MAN! Hey, just one more question, are those anything like those go-fast-pe@*s boats? Gotta have something big, right?!

Anonymous

From all the ugly, nasty, BIGOTED/RACIST, crossing the line of the REPORT ABUSE comments, have you figured out the CORRECT ANSWER YET? Let me give you a HEADS UP....hiding it from view, ISN'T THE ANSWER!

Anonymous

MLK WAS A RACIEST, 99% OF THE LOCAL NAACP ARE A RACIEST, AS LONG AS YOU COLORED PEOPLE KEEP ON PUSHING EVERYTHING TO THE LIMIT TO YOUR SATISFACTION, THEN WE WILL CONTINUE TO STEP UP DRUG AND OTHER FELONY CRIMES ENFORCEMENT COMMITTED BY THE COLORED COMMUNITY. LETS BE REALISTIC, WE WILL NEVER LIVE SIDE BY SIDE AND BE ABLE TO GET ALONG, REGUARDLESS OF HOW MUCH DIVERSITY TRAINING THE FOOLS PUT OUT THERE. CALL ME RACIEST ALL DAY LONG, I COULD CARE LESS, BUT WHEN YOU COLORED PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE LAW ENFORCEMENT LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF A STUPID JOKE YOUR OWN COLERED PEOPLE MADE, THEN WE ARE VERY FAR APART FROM BEING EQUAL FOR SURE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO BUSINESS AS USUAL. You see the CCW law was one of the few great laws that were passed. Now all the gansta's that carry guns and terrorize innocent people have a new problem at hand, as soon as a gangsta points a gun at a CCW permit holder, we instantly become the judge, jury, executioner. Clean up Hancrack and Camp St and maybe we can work towards a better relationship. Until then your people represent what they want to receive, and we all know what that is!!

Anonymous

@ ...
I don't get it. Red, right returning is a basic nautical rule. You cannot just disregard it if you have a 'big boat'. It means the red bouys should be to starboard when returning to port. The bigger your boat, the lower the draft (usually). So that makes following that rule all the more important. So you're either an idiot and you want to run your boat aground or you really don't have a 36' Tiara. I know you're an idiot, and I also bet you don't own a 36' Tiara. Also, I never go to the pier...I am proud owner of a 22' runaroud. Nothing fancy, but it actually exists!

Anonymous

She has radar and gps... duh

Anonymous

Your quest for answers and input has resulted into another episode of blacks vs whites. Typical ending of most of the comment sections, including those that aren't even about race! I appreciate the register for letting me see how ignorant and racist Sandusky is. However, it doesn't take long to grow tired of the nonsense. Instead of making relevent comments, the posts are just full of hate. Remove the section and let the cowards return the rocks they crawled out from. They've been waiting for the opportunity to display their colors in an open forum, lets remove their platform.

Anonymous

Uh to whomever gave that comment directed especially towards me, just let me say that I'm not telling any one on here my race. I'm not saying that I'm "colored" as you put it, but that does no mean I'm "white." I'm not telling any one what my race is because you'll just find a way to take my unbiased comment and twist it so that it looks as if I'm arguing for one side or the other. But I'm not. I'm arguing for an unracsist community, not for my race.

As for the person who commented to myself and "Captain Stabbin" at the same time (whom I don't agree with one bit) thanks :) I like the way I think too.

Anonymous

It never ceases to amaze me; these firings are as much about race as the civil war was about slavery. These officers were fired over issues of ethics, plain and simple. When a person takes an oath to protect and serve everyone, one cannot then exhibit racial bias in their private lives. Even if one allows that it was a joke, albeit a joke in very poor taste, the basis of the joke comes from somewhere - and that somewhere is racial bias.

Let's forget about the politics and name calling for a minute and look at this for what it is - 2 men that used very poor judgement in a very questionable joke. The black community had every right to call for their dismissal and if they had any integrity, they would have resigned. Instead, they chose an argumentative pathway of defense that had no prayer of success. End result - they paid the price for their own arrogance.