VIDEO- Newspaper commenter: "Get rid of all the n****rs, the spics, the kikes and the wops.”


racist voice mail west virginia paper

Video via WCHS-TV.

A West Virginia newspaper thinks it's okay to print the following despicable homophobic, racist, bigoted (I'm running out of adjectives) comments (transcripts from a voice mail) from a clearly deranged reader who responded to a report about a lesbian teacher who had been fired:

“We were really glad to hear that School Board is getting rid of them queers. The next thing is we need to get rid of all the n****rs, the spics, the kikes and the wops.

“You know even them Catholics, they are wrong as baby eaters. We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations.

“We’ll keep Lincoln County white and right. Thank you.”

Just as appalling is the man in the video who agreed with those sick, vile remarks.

Marshall University School of Journalism interim dean Janet Dooley:

“It is not only offensive, but it goes beyond that to threaten certain groups of people.”

More details at Raw Story.

If the Republican party is struggling to remake their image, they might want to start with attempting to, you know, lead. How about speaking out about language and attitudes like this reader's? They have their work cut out for them, especially because a few of those who should be setting a good example need to clean up their own acts first.



ADDED: We need a palate cleanser, and this one is simply amazing. I wept. I may give it its own post. Big h/t to AMERICAblog's John Aravosis:

  • Need more proof that Jim Crow and Racism still exist in these United States Mr. Scalia? For a Supreme Court Justice you do not give us the impression that you are aware of what goes on in the real world and your party is showing. This kind of vitriol and ignorance is what we need to eliminate from this society, not the groups mentioned. As a third generation Italian who was called a WOP I know , firsthand, what bigotry is all about. Judges like Scalia do not belong on SCOTUS, and ignorant bigots should not be given a platform for their hate and insecurity.

  • Piss poor editorial judgement is one of the hallmarks of 21st Century journalism. The Publisher and editor of the Lincoln Journal are despicable human beings who are hiding behind their first amendment protection while promoting hatred. Any wonder why the media is hated almost as much as politicians.

  • Did you happen to notice that all of the people interviewed by the "journalist" on the WCHS-TV video were white, not gay nor Jewish? I guess it was too hard for them to try and find someone who will suffer hate crimes as a result of their publication.

  • pigboy

    “We felt it was the right call to publish it, given the ongoing story we
    covered over the past three weeks,” he explained.

    As if this was a well reasoned, rational response! As if this had some kind
    of value to discussion. How on earth does printing this encourage any kind of
    healthy debate or thought?

    What it does is only encourage racism and hate and legitimizes it in some
    twisted peoples minds.

    It should never have been published. I am not saying he doesn't have a right
    to say it. He can say it all day long if he wants to. But to publish it and
    allow anonymous replies in support of this KKK crap only encourages and legitimizes