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

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

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