We are all adults on this board and only a child would consider what is going on today to be acceptable.
You would not speak to others this way, with this vitriolic rhetoric if you were a guest in their house, well...we are all guests of this board.
We have folks here from around the world and of all ages. It would be nice if, after the events of Tuesday they say an adult conversation on the subject of race relations, not a turd throwing contest.
There is a vast difference between reasonable discourse on the subject and inciting commentary. I think you know if you have crossed the line. I have talked to several folks and you have an understanding of what reasonable is on this board. If you need help in understanding, find it yourselves.
Apply critical thinking skills to your commentary on the subject. If you would not say it face to face in a room full of those who adamantly disagree with you, don't say it here.
Consider this the nice warm fuzzy warning.
McBear, That Mod Guy
I want to first off, say that I agree with you 100%. But, I feel I must add an observation of my own as to what has been tolerated on this board for such a long period of time.
I have seen pictures of Bush depicted as a chimpanzee. Fair enough, but what is to happen if someone posts a picture of Obama as a chimpanzee? Will someone suddenly snarl 'racism!'? Most definitely. I could find more examples of what I'm driving at but I think you and others get the picture.
I've seen mega turds hurled at the right on this board for the length of my membership. I've hurled my fair share of them back. EVERYONE HAS! I see no one innocent of this - period. Some are worse at it than others. But, as I feared, now that an Obama administration is on the horizon, I find it odd and quite amazing that there is a clear attempt to quell the 'opposition' against Obama and his policies with threats of warnings and bans if there is even a mistaken hint of racist overtones. Not good, IMHO, because there are so many thin skinned members here, it would be extremely difficult to criticize Obama and his policies at all without someone slinging out the race card.
I feel that the left on this board should be prepared to experience and accept a certain degree of discomfort since so much has been dealt out to the right over the last 5 years. I also think that one must be careful to blatantly toss racist comments about Obama on this board. But, when he makes decisions and policies rooted in racial overtones or racial motivations, we all should be equally prepared to accept that criticism without screaming racism at every turn.
So, in conclusion, the 'right' does not nor ever has held a monopoly on hatred and vitriol. Don't expect anyone to handle Obama with kid gloves, just because he's black, when he pulls a few dumbass maneuvers in his 4 year term. Be ready to take it. That is all.