February 11, 2019 § 4 Comments
Whenever I write about racism, white privilege, feminism, etc., I get a slew of comments from usually anonymous trolls calling me every name you can imagine. And then I get some comments from people who may or may not be using their real names, almost always identifying themselves as white, who complain that the world is racist against them. Or white men complaining that the world is sexist against them. And so on. Usually, these comments also include a series of ad hominem attacks on me.
I can handle the abuse, I’m a big boy. But I will not approve comments that include racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynistic commentary. Nor will I approve comments that are nothing more than insults.
You don’t like it? Too bad. Go read something else.
I’ve a similar policy. Commenters can disagree with me, but they have to be civil, and reasonable where reason should be involved. (Taste? To each their own.)
That’s just it. Disagreement and argument are a good thing, but, the lack of civility just won’t fly here.
One guy, in response to a post on misogyny a few years ago got so angry that I wouldn’t post his comment that he sent me an email alleging that I had violated his First Amendment rights. I kid you not.
“You have a right to utter your sublime and fascinating views. And I have a right not to publish your ignorant and idiotic rants.”