The AZ STAR Comments sectionsby Tip O'Neill on Dec. 04, 2011, under Arizona, AZ STAR, Bigotry, santorum
Did you know that there was a web site known as Coontube.com ?
Neither did I – thats the sort of thing that you can only learn if you bother to read the Arizona Daily Star comments section.
When I first moved to Tucson I started reading the online AZStar daily, as a way to get to know my new home. Being an online kind of person I naturally always check out the comments by the locals.
I really can’t tell you how low my estimate of Tucson was as a result of this experience – it was like living in Alabama.
At the time Arizona was deciding to amend their Constitution to strip gay citizens of their rights, and the anti-gay hatred was overwhelming.
But consistently the nativism is the overwhelming impression. It doesn’t matter the subject, you can rely on anti-hispanic and anti-”illegal” hate speech.
I’ve since realized that the commenters there are not at all representative of the people of Tucson – but who are they and what do they represent ?
Every election they overwhelmingly predict that evil liberals will be thrown out on their ears and good old fashioned racists and teabaggers will sweep the polls. Every election they are wrong. Obama is a foreign born Muslim Marxist. They want to impeach Sheriff Dupnik for even mentioning that there exists in parts of Tucson hotbeds of hate speech.
Even the mildest story that touches upon race gathers hoots of claims of racism against poor oppressed whites.
To pick a story from today, Leonard Pitts has a mild story decrying the media’s obvious obsession with missing white women.
Therein lies the liberal mindset….Going back over 40 years to find some way to criticize…
Quit living in the past. What happened 40+ years ago does not validate this guys lame article today.
Watch any advertisement and it is always the white guy who is the brunt of the joke or made to look the fool. In any advertisement where there are two men, one black the other white, the black man always plays the role of the intelligent one.
it’s as simple ‘black and white’ ain’t that right Mr. Pitts.
Geez, Pitts, if you’ve got a thing for white women, just sign up for eharmony.com and git ‘er done.
The editors of the ADS should never have published this tasteless nonsense. If someone had posted this column in these comments it would have been rightly removed by the ADS.
Pitts has a very simplistic world view:
Black is always right & white is always wrong.
Pitts really hates white people.
“Where the white women at?”
And, of course, the link to coontube.com
William J. (William Jab) Is this how Pitts was raised?
I am writing about this phenomenon, but I don’t understand it or have an answer to it .
I have heard that after the Giffords shooting the U of A was conducting a study of the AZ Star comments – and “civility” in general. I hope it is true and I hope that they publish their findings soon.
Because I really would like to understand this phenomenon. Who are these people ? Are they really our neighbors ?
How much do they represent Tucson, and if they don’t how do they so dominate the public response in Tucson’s single daily newspaper ?