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Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the more-speech-as-a-counter-to-free-speech dept.

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stevegee58 writes "A tumblr blog entitled 'HelloThereRacists' is publicly identifying other online posters who make racist/assassination comments about President Obama. Beyond merely identifying online usernames, the blog's author is uncovering and publishing the real names and locations of offending posters. It's an interesting mess of legal issues. The outed posters are at risk of a Secret Service visit, but the trouble may not end there. The HelloThereRacists blogger himself may have some problems publicly identifying posters, who are frequently underage teenagers." Update: 11/16 19:17 GMT by S : The blog has already been taken down.

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HAHA (0)

sasjamal (855908) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003731)

HAHA

HAHAHAHAHA... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003737)

Racists are such losers.

Someone should really (-1, Troll)

future assassin (639396) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003745)

assassinate the president.

so what if they're minors? (5, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003753)

Sounds like a good life's lesson before they'll face real consequences for their actions, and maybe their parents won't be able to continue to delude themselves about their childrens' behavior anymore.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003851)

In principle, I agree with you. Legally, he can't do that. Depending on the ToS it might not be acceptable to publish them for anyone, but that's a whole other kettle of wax.

Re:so what if they're minors? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004107)

Why not?
What law prevents this if they are minors?

I would think the first amendment would protect the poster.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004445)

Why not? What law prevents this if they are minors?

Depends on the jurisdiction; some states it's illegal, others it's not, still others, a grey area. Personally, I wouldn't recommend going on a global "naming names" campaign unless I was intimately familiar with all federal, state, and local regulations... otherwise, the probability that my actions would run afoul of the law would inevitably reach 1.

I would think the first amendment would protect the poster.

Normally, yes, but in the case that the speaker is knowingly putting the life of others in danger, not so much.

Remember, your rights extend to the exact point at which they interfere with someone else's, and not a micron further.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004179)

TOS doesn't hold up in court.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004211)

TOS doesn't hold up in court.

You can't take away people's rights with it, but you can give them rights.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003855)

There are parents who can delude themselves into believing their murderer child is still a "good boy", so I'd say that this will only help those parents who simply didn't know what their little asshat children were saying online.

Re:so what if they're minors? (5, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003955)

You think bigotry and prejudice evolves in a vacuum? A good many of those kids probably live in households where their parents, relatives, and friends tout those views.

Re:so what if they're minors? (4, Informative)

Juanvaldes (544895) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004343)

I saw the site yesterday and a number of posters exposed also included bits about how their parents shared the same views.

Re:so what if they're minors? (3, Insightful)

cornjoelio (784177) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004069)

These are all public statements on social networks, is there a reasonable expectation of privacy even for minors in this case?

Re:so what if they're minors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004077)

A life lesson provided that's even the right person. With how painfully easy it is to obfuscate who you are online, I'm wondering what his accuracy actually is.

Re:so what if they're minors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004111)

The parents taught this in most cases. The rest are showing off online.

Re:so what if they're minors? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004219)

They'd just probably blame hollywood or the media. Getting parents to take responsibility for their kids in modern America and solving the theory of relativity probably require the same effort... scratch that, Einstein's theory is probably the easier of the 2.

Re:so what if they're minors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004305)

Parents are the main source they get these ideas and personalities from. I doubt racist dad or whitey mom would give a shit.

Racism should be okay. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003773)

It's part of freedom of speech and expression. Assassination threats? Not okay. But equating racist posts with posts regarding assassination is ridiculous. Why not out everyone working on Book of Mormon for bigotry against religion? Post their addresses and phone numbers? They should be harassed for their bigotry, no?

So what if people are racist online. They have a right to be. Assassination threats are entirely different though. I guess this is more PC-liberal thought police attempts to control people. "Racism is as dangerous as assassination attempts". Wonderful.

Re:Racism should be okay. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004003)

you didn't read any of the tweets, did you?

Re:Racism should be okay. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004063)

But hey, calling for W. Bush's assassination was a-ok.

Re:Racism should be okay. (3, Insightful)

lactose99 (71132) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004183)

impeachment yes, assassination no

Re:Racism should be okay. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004205)

No, who said it was?

Re:Racism should be okay. (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004143)

You know how I know you never saw "Book of Mormon"?

Re:Racism should be okay. (4, Insightful)

Zemran (3101) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004443)

Generally, discussing racist views should be OK but as soon as it is targeted that is wrong. If a person feels uncomfortable sitting next to a different person they should be encouraged to discuss it but in the current PC climate they cannot. If someone feels uncomfortable with a black man or a woman running the country, they should be free to discuss that without any problem. I do not support their view in any way but pushing these things underground creates a bigger problem. So I think we should defend their free speech...

Suggesting harm is not wrong because the target is black or Muslim or a woman, it is wrong because it is an assault. It is already a crime and in a truly non racist society we should just see it as a crime because it is one, not because the victim was different.

We need to end racism in society by stopping racism from being the crime. End all racism, sexism etc. We need a society that treats all people the same, regardless of who they hate.

Free Speech (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003793)

So, do we believe that anonymous speech is the only true way to maintain truly free speech, or do we cheer a man who hunts racists, with a technique that cripples free speech?

Re:Free Speech (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003931)

Freedom of speech absolutely does not imply freedom from consequences.

Re:Free Speech (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004061)

So you are free to say anything you want as long as your ok with consequences of the men in black suv's showing up and putting you down sans trial under patriot act anti terror legislation. But that's still free speach how exactly?

Re:Free Speech (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004203)

I believe the GP meant free speech can have consequences that are not from the government.

Short of assassination threats the folks with black SUVs should leave you alone, but I should be able to find out about it and avoid you.

Should I not have the right to chose not to associate with such folks?

Re:Free Speech (4, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004209)

Oh settle down. You and all of the Paranoid Drama Queens out there. The Secret Service / FBI / NSA / Men In Black isn't going to whisk you away to Guantanamo Bay in the dark of night. Neither the little racist asshole or yourself are so special.

If anything they'll ask you some questions. If they feel like further evaluation is needed, you will be able to get a lawyer. The vast majority of times they'll just stare at you and maybe ask you to grow up a tad.

There are enough issues with government intrusion into personal privacy to keep everyone on their toes. Jumping up and down about this sort of thing just creates noise, not signal.

Re:Free Speech (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004239)

Yes, making death threats is not protected speech. If they didn't want people to ridicule them, etc. they shouldn't have made these statements publicly.

Re:Free Speech (2)

tbannist (230135) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004435)

So you are free to say anything you want as long as your ok with consequences of the men in black suv's showing up and putting you down sans trial under patriot act anti terror legislation.

Because the men in black SUVs only show up if you threaten to kill someone important? But beyond that the AC didn't say that any consequence was justifiable. Having your real name attached to stupid racist things you've said is a far cry from extraordinary rendition.

Additionally, free speech has never meant you were free from the consequences from your fellow people, only from government reprisal for most things that you can say. Even that protection from the government has been limited. For example, you're are still legally responsible for crimes commited with speech such as fraud, intimidation, uttering death threats, treason, and other related crimes that can result from your speech. In addition you can be held civilally responsible responsible for many types of speech such as slander, copyright infringement (public performance of a protected work), wrongful death (if someone dies because of what you said) and others.

Beyond that there are all kinds of consequences your fellow citizens can inflict on you, such as telling other people your real name when you spout offensive crap. There is no way to have consequence free speech other than making sure no one ever hears it.

Re:Free Speech (4, Insightful)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003965)

Free speech does not mean that there are no social consequences of that speech. I am not so sure I like what this guy is doing, but I'm inclined to think that he has the right to do it (as long as he breaks no reasonable privacy laws doing so).

Of course, he should also understand that there are consequences to what he does too. It's one thing to be a verbal racist against someone in a chat room, it's another thing to put someone's real name out there with the implication that perhaps someone should *do something* with that data. I mean, honestly, what does he expect people to do with that information but to get them harassed or trolled?

Re:Free Speech (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004137)

you're assuming the names of people published are accurate. if they are not then he could face a huge ton of legal issues.

Re:Free Speech (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004231)

Oh! Yet another posting from the handle Anonymous Coward. I have seen many racist comments by that user id. If only the real name behind Anonymous Coward is found, he/she is going to face music. But from what I have read from this user id, the person behind it seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder. Sometimes ultra liberal, sometimes ultra conservative, more often trolling both sides of the issue...

Be warned AC. You will be outed soon.

and salon (3, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003799)

http://hellothereracists.tumblr.com/ [tumblr.com]
salon just made a decent argument lambasting them for outing kids in a manner that could permanently stigmatize them as racists. Granted I think arresting the penchant for racism at a young age is a good idea, perhaps it would be more fruitful if the parents of the children were outed instead?

additionally, many of the posts come from regions of America that you would anticipate racism to emanate from. at very least it helps to dispel the often heralded myth by of the GOP that racism happened a long time ago and we don't need to talk about it, as they did during the Treyvon Martin murder. The south, as a touchstone example, while forced to integrate has never been forced to accept it socially.

Re:and salon (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003945)

The south, as a touchstone example, while forced to integrate has never been forced to accept it socially.

How, exactly, do you "force" someone to accept something socially? Since by the definition of "socially", as I understand it to apply to this post, is that it is composed of what people choose to think. You can force people to act in a particular manner by applying negative reinforcement to those who do not act that way. How do you force people to think in a particular manner, since for the most part you only know what people think when they tell you?

Re:and salon (2, Interesting)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004297)

How, exactly, do you "force" someone to accept something socially?

You take a page from the social conservatives' playbook and make it the responsibility of the government to arbitrate morality. Public pressure denouncing the unwanted ideology is the first step to establishing government policy. Once we establish a 'moral majority' that believes this behavior must be dealt with, we are on our way to achieving this goal.

How do you force people to think in a particular manner,

You don't, directly. But if you proscribe the unsuitable behavior, people will eventually fall into line. Or they'll out themselves as being social misfits who can then be dealt with.

Of course, I'm playing devil's advocate here. Swallowing one's own medicine sure is a bitch, isn't it?

Re:and salon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004407)

Except, this clearly doesn't work - your own example proves it.

Re:and salon (5, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003949)

the often heralded myth by of the GOP that racism happened a long time ago and we don't need to talk about it, as they did during the Treyvon Martin murder.

You seem to have a memory problem. In the Treyvon Martin case it was the "liberals" that were knee-jerk racists, and it was the "conservatives" (including Fox News to their credit) that were saying we should actually look at the facts.

Re:and salon (5, Funny)

beckett (27524) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004079)

citation? i'm sure this will be a lively debate considering you mentioned 'fox news' and 'facts' in the same sentence.

Re:and salon (1)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004093)

the often heralded myth by of the GOP that racism happened a long time ago and we don't need to talk about it, as they did during the Treyvon Martin murder.

You seem to have a memory problem. In the Treyvon Martin case it was the "liberals" that were knee-jerk racists, and it was the "conservatives" (including Fox News to their credit) that were saying we should actually look at the facts.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. :)

Re:and salon (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004373)

Not if it's digital.

Re:and salon (3, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004345)

Where "look at the facts" means "not even have a trial for an obvious suspect." I think you'll find that most liberals would be perfectly ok with a "not guilty" verdict if the evidence pointed that way, but not even charging someone who beyond a shadow of a doubt, and by their own volition, shot and killed a minor, is not a sane course of action.

Dealing with the intricacies of what is murder, what is manslaughter, and what is completely justifiable is something that should be handled by a jury of ones peers.

Re:and salon (5, Insightful)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004039)

There's only one problem with Salon's argument. The kids themselves have already permanently stigmatized them as racists.

One something goes onto the internet, it's there permanently. It will never go away. Therefore, what you say COULD very well bite you in the rear years later. People have already lost jobs and whatnot because of stuff they've posted online. Sometimes very publicly. And yet people still can't seem to get the picture.

Even a highschooler should know better than to say incredibly stupid things like this in a public forum. High schoolers are not stupid. They may not be as mature as a full adult, but they are not stupid.

More generally, anyone may be free to say whatever they want, but they do NOT have the right to avoid the consequences of what they say. These people have no one to blame but themselves. Period.

Re:and salon (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004075)

Most of the comments are from the Northeast.

Re:and salon (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004281)

I have no way to check that since the site seems to be down but that does not seem surprising at all.

Much of the Northeast is rural and racist as hell. I have lived in the deep South and the North east, rural vs city was a far better predictor of racism than latitude.

Re:and salon (1)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004099)

...lambasting them for outing kids...

How do you "out" somebody who's posting to what is essentially a public forum. Granted, I don't use twitter, but aren't (god help me for saying this) "tweets" public?

On an interesting note, I just pulled up the tumbler page and now it's 404, after just having looked at it 5 minutes ago.

Re:and salon (5, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004185)

salon just made a decent argument lambasting them for outing kids in a manner that could permanently stigmatize them as racists.

What exactly is the problem with calling a racist a racist?

What if they are non US people? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003853)

Perhaps those kid's countries need a "democracy" import, just like Irak had

Definition of racism? (4, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003871)

So who gets to decide the difference between a "racist" comment and a generally insulting comment?

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr's famous "dream" was that [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." [usconstitution.net] Many of Obama's critics are doing exactly that.

Disclaimer: I'm a halfhearted Obama supporter in the "lesser of two evils" sense.

Re:Definition of racism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003933)

How do you know if something is porn?

Re:Definition of racism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004033)

If it uses a racial epithet, its racist.

Re:Definition of racism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004171)

wrong.

Re:Definition of racism? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004167)

You're a racist if you voted against Obama because of the color of his skin.

You're a racist if you voted for Obama because of the color of his skin.

Most folks have no problem understanding the first sentence. If you have trouble with the second sentence then perhaps you're a racist and don't realize it.

Re:Definition of racism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004181)

When you post moronic racially charged crap or anything else, anyone can interpret it any way they want. And when you self identify the posts, you're exposing yourself to the world, and this Tumblr does no harm that you didn't do to yourself.
  They could have chosen to not name names, but they must have been easy to dig up (by reading the posts, heh).

Re:Definition of racism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004419)

Isn't it 'mormonic' rather than 'moronic'?

Re:Definition of racism? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004323)

I would say everyone days. Using the N-word several times and making references to slavery as many of those posters did is makes it pretty clear.

Wheeee! Spinning!!! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003877)

FTA:

Some also state specifically that they are not racist.

Oh, I guess that makes everything all right then.

The most racist comments by the most racist people always start with "I'm not racist, but..."

FTS:

The HelloThereRacists blogger himself may have some problems publicly identifying posters, who are frequently underage teenagers.

This, and similar, statements are made in the article, but never explained or justified. There's nothing illegal or immoral about revealing the source of a quote, regardless of age.

What about threats to conservatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003909)

Does the site also reveal the identities of people who post bigoted comments about well known conservatives?

Or is this another case where something is only a problem when it done by people with whom you disagree?

Re:What about threats to conservatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004213)

"Racism" is anything that these people disagree with.

For example, since war suddenly became a good thing four years ago, if you think peace is good, you are a racist.

Re:What about threats to conservatives? (3, Informative)

ChipMonk (711367) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004349)

You only need to do a Google search for "new civility" (include the quotes) to see the hypocrisy behind HelloThereRacists. But don't expect to see Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, or Scott Pelley saying anything about the threats of violence and murder against Romney and Ryan. The "objective" news sources were silent this time around, just like they were four years ago.

With supporters like these.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003929)

Here is a tweet from a supporter of the website:

This tumblr is fantastic, i hope people search these asshats out and hurt most if not all of them.

No doubt they fail to realize they are as bad as the people they criticize.

Re:With supporters like these.... (2)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004113)

This is ideology. It's intellectual filth. It's a mind cancer. You get two sides attacking each other in a fog of hypocrisy so dense you wonder how they can even keep moving.

Re:With supporters like these.... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004371)

Because you think the idiot that posted this is representative of the creator of that tumbler.

The two sides here are racists and not racists.
There is no ideology, no hypocrisy just calling people out for what they said.

If I ever run into one of those folks I now know not to hire them or buy anything from them. That is the best part of free speech it lets the loons identify themselves so I can stay far away.

Freedom of speech ... (1)

stevez67 (2374822) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003939)

... does not guarantee freedom from responsibility.

Re:Freedom of speech ... (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004029)

I have mixed feelings about this.

Asserting that a person acts a certain way because of their skin color is absurd. It should not be tolerated.

Somebody mentioning a suspicious correlation between cultural demographics which involve skin color and and group behaviors is really not.

Re:Freedom of speech ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004055)

Nice theory. In reality some of these kids could wind up grievously injured or dead. But, yeah, keep living in your little theory world with its comfortable landscape of pithy sayings.

Double standard (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003961)

So why isn't this blogger exposing the real identities of poster who made racist comments about Allen West and Mia Love?

Re:Double standard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004049)

It's pretty evident the point of this Tumblr is to conflate racism with Republicans. Any racism from Democrats/leftwingers would upset that narrative. In 2012 using the word 'racist' isn't designed to expose inequality. It's meant to win political battles. Which is a shame, considering there are still plenty of genuine victims of racism.

Re:Double standard (0, Flamebait)

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004089)

Because it isn't precisely about stopping racism. It's about shutting up the opposition. Somehow, sadly, we've reached a point where any criticism of Dear Leader is automatically racist, but anything said about other groups like Asians, Indians, Jews, or even whites is fair game.

Re:Double standard (-1, Troll)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004217)

The fact that it took less than 5 minutes for you to get down-modded shows how true your statement is.

Re:Double standard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004255)

The blog outed people posting blatantly racist statements, I saw it before it went down.

That had nothing to do with stopping general criticism of Obama and everything to do with exposing hate mongers.

Republicans need to be calling the loudest against this type of behavior before the label of the Hate Party becomes a permanent brand.

Re:Double standard (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004263)

Because black republicans arent real blacks. they're either simply traitors to their kind, or merely black on the outside. Even 4 years ago when I was still in ATL i was told this repeatedly.

So what about the other side of the coin? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003983)

Is he going to out all the ignorance-filled tweets/posts/etc. with people calling for Romney's death if he had won? Or what about the people who said they'd do it either way? Last I checked there were TONS of posts about "putting a cap in Romney's cracka ass" (with varying degrees of readability). Does their ignorance get outed as well, or is this just another "How dare you speak against our Dear Leader" ploy?

Obama is a racist (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42003985)

Interesting they don't call out Obama on his racist book "Dreams of My Father" he quotes in his own words and the racist "church" he attended for 20 years where he praised Jeremiah Wright. Oh, and how he attended Louis Farrakhan's (Jeremiah's Wrights close friend) racist rally... you know, the guy who says all white people are devils and said "Hitler was a very great man".

Nice double standard there. No, I don't see any bias or hypocrisy at all.

Re:Obama is a racist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004135)

I was raised in the same church denomination that Obama belongs to.

In the years I was there, NEVER was there said anything about race other than having to work together. No "black power", no "la rasa", no "white supremecy", none of that.

Instead, there were lots of calls to go and volunteer in communities, be it rural areas to help fix some barns blown over, or help with building some houses. None of this had anything to do with race whatsoever.

If the right had something to attack Obama on, they would be doing so with a vengence, similar to Clinton's cigar. However, all they can do is make up stories about birth certificates and slander his church.

Re:Obama is a racist (1)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004145)

The Fanboi culture has spread from love of your favorite brand of gadget into politics, been that way since Monica Lewinsky, in my opinion.

It's fine when you're arguing about what you should have in your pocket, but when it's the leader of a major superpower...

OK (2, Interesting)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about a year and a half ago | (#42003993)

Will they also be outing the authors of all the tweets that threatened to assassinate Romney or riot and murder in general if Romney had won? Just curious.

Re:OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004073)

Of course not, and this is slash dot, don't offer any common sense to the argument.

Uncovering what? They used their real names (2)

musixman (1713146) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004005)

I disagree with this website & they didn't "uncover" anything these people used their real names. While I'm against racism personally, people need to understand that tolerance works both ways. You can't on one hand say people should respect your views & then on the other not at least respect theirs.

Re:Uncovering what? They used their real names (5, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004201)

You can't on one hand say people should respect your views ...

I don't respect your views, and I don't expect you to respect mine either. But I do respect your right to express those views.

Identifying posters ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004027)

.. for making comments concerning assassination. And that's going to get HelloThereRacists in trouble? Maybe, if they just post on line for the world to see. But if they forward it to LE authorities, I don't think the underage defense is going to be effective. Kids go nuts with shotguns on occasion.

If its a matter of public disclosure, they can always place the identity information on a web page protected with a password for use by law enforcement. Make the password 'password' and we'll call it good.

Peace (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004047)

Oops. Sorry about my racist title.

War is still good now.

Fair game (0)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004059)

If you put your information in a state is can be accessed then you deserve to be found. For those who really want to be racist, it was Bush not Obama who destroyed the US, looks like the white man destroyed his people again.

Re:Fair game (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004365)

For those who really want to be racist, it was Bush not Obama who destroyed the US, looks like the white man destroyed his people again.

If you want to be even remotely accurate, the dictatorial-like powers that Bush seized and Obama is happily using (this executive order nonsense) has been around since at least Lincoln's day, if not longer.

Hell, Alien and Sedition Acts. Our government has been shitting all over its own legality since damned near the beginning.

Site is no longer up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004067)

As I was on it they took it down.

The site has vanished. (1)

djl4570 (801529) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004091)

Below is what I get at http://hellothereracists.tumblr.com/ [tumblr.com]

Not found.
We couldn't find the page you were looking for.

And... it's gone. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004101)

Tumblr pulled it?

Already down? (1)

admdrew (782761) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004105)

Looks like http://hellothereracists.tumblr.com/ [tumblr.com] is already 'down' (returning a "Not found" message). I wonder if it was done voluntarily, or if Tumblr did it themselves.

Joke (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004115)

Another Obama love struck idiot.

What about all the threats made against others? Palin, Cain, Santorum, Romney, West, etc etc etc.

It's down. (1)

ischorr (657205) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004129)

Annnd, it's gone already. Or it's gone at the moment. [tumblr.com]

Not clear if the author took it down, if this is an automated reaction to problem reports on Tumblr, or if Tumblr itself took it down for Reasons.

What About Women? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004139)

It's nice that someone is doing this. People should be visibly held up for spreading hatred.

But where's the equivalent for bigotry and sexisim?

Read an article that included some stats from a national survey of college students.
        One in four college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.
        84 percent of the women who are raped knew their assailants.
        57 percent of the rapes occurred on a date.
        Women, ages 16-24, have four times higher risk of being raped than any other population group.
        One in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape.
        16 percent of male students who had committed rape took part in episodes with more than one attacker's gang rape.
        75 percent of male students and 55 percent of female students involved in date rape had been drunk or using drugs.*
        33 percent of males surveyed said that they would commit rape if they could escape detection.**
        25 percent of men surveyed believed that rape was acceptable if the woman asks the man out, the man pays for the date or the woman goes back to the man's room after the date. ***
http://rwu.edu/campus-life/health-counseling/counseling-center/sexual-assault/rape-myths-and-fac
And this is just what they admitted to in an anonymous forum, the real stats are higher.

....And it's gone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004141)

While looking through the blog, I went to click through to the next page and suddenly the blog didn't exist anymore.

I'm not racist, but I think that's a good thing. Their basic plan of attack was "take anything criticizing Obama and mentioning race and plant content to make them look extremely racist"

and its down (2)

lactose99 (71132) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004159)

wow, site goes down right as its being discussed....

Re:and its down (2)

lobstrosity (1983460) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004351)

Google cache is your friend -- cache:hellothereracists.tumblr.com

Usual jerks (3, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004243)

On the actual site [tumblr.com] (quit linking to some blog that links to a site of interest, Slashdot submitters), it's just typical jerks, mostly in high school. Somebody at the Secret Service will have to read through all that dreck looking for someone who might conceivably be a threat. It's mostly just kids mouthing off. Ones who are both making threats and have guns [tumblr.com] may get some attention.

It's sad reading the Facebook pages of some of those people. Their future is dim. For white people with only a high school education, life in the US has become slightly worse each year since 1973. For them, there is no American Dream. Hard work is no longer enough. Of course they're angry. The GOP and Fox News exploit and direct that anger at Obama, but they didn't create it.

Gone? (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year and a half ago | (#42004271)

Looks like the blog is gone.

I guess tumblr was afraid of the slashdotting they were about to get.

Racist news slanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004379)

So who's busy outing the folks speculating about the bleached assholes of Romney and Ryan's wives? Why does this shit only seem to flow one way? Liberals are racist and sexist as well folks.

Good idea but (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004389)

Are they going to decide what is racist?
For example racist comments against the prez are verboten but what if somebody makes asian slurs or hispanic slurs - will those be outed too?

If you just single out racism against one race and not others isn't that in itself racist?

Seems to me.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42004391)

That the concept of tolerance is only applied to certain ethnic groups. The whole idea of tolerance is racist. I, as a white man HAVE to tolerate what any other ethnic groups feels the need to voice, but as soon as I voice mine, I am a racist if my views don't line up with theirs. I think we all are missing the point here. This event has much bigger implications. If you can't (or won't) recognize them, then you deserve them.

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