Unclear on the Concept
In the May 29th issue of the Washington Post, there was a chilling article by Manuel Roig-Franzia concerning the fact that drug cartels and corruption and violence — a violence that has increased sharply in the year since the controversial and bitterly contested election wherein Felipe Calderon wound up running the country — has made Mexico second only to Iraq as a death trap for serious journalists.
But as frightening as that article was, it paled next to the contents of the comments section.
Here's a representative sample of the commentary left by Nice Polite White People (all taken without editing from me):
To all these charming wingnuts and more, I address the following comments:
If you smoke dope, shop at Wal-Mart for food and other goods, and hate unions, then shut the hell up. You have no right to blame Mexicans for anything.
Worried about losing American jobs and family farms? Then why do you shop at Wal-Mart? Whether it's food or furniture, they pride themselves on getting it from places outside the US for near-slave wages.
Want better wages for all? Then back unions — and the right for all employees, Caucasians or not, to report employers who exploit people for crummy wages and in rotten working conditions. The old saying "An injury to one is an injury to all" is especially true when greedy corporations seek to play workers around the world against each other.
Wish Mexico's drug lords would go away? Don't buy their wares. (Or work to legalize drugs — then you can grow the stuff here and eliminate the middle man, and we could empty out and shut down half of our prisons.)
Ah, but it's much more fun ragging on those evil brown people, isn't it?