Skip to comments.Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children
Posted on 07/11/2009 12:01:08 PM PDT by buccaneer81
Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children
By Chris Parry, Vancouver SunJuly 11, 2009 11:01 AM
This photo of U.S. President Barrack Obama's daughter Malia, wearing a peace-symbol t-shirt touched off a storm of epithet-laced comments on the conservative 'Free Republic' blog
"A typical street whore." "A bunch of ghetto thugs." "Ghetto street trash." "Wonder when she will get her first abortion."
These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front.
The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, "To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds."
Though this may sound like the sort of thing one might read on an Aryan Nation or white power website, they actually appeared on what is commonly considered one of the prime online locations for U.S. Conservative grassroots political discussion and organizing - and for a short time, the comments seemed to have the okay of site administrators.
Moderators of the blog left the comments - and commenters - in place until a complaint was lodged by a writer doing research on the conservative movement, almost a full day later.
"Could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there?" wrote one commenter.
"They make me sick .... The whole family... mammy, pappy, the free loadin' mammy-in-law, the misguided chillin', and especially 'lil cuz... This is not the America I want representin' my peeps," wrote another.
Such was the onslaught of derision on the site that the person who originally complained about the slurs, a Kristin N., claims only one comment in the first hundred posted actually criticized the remarks as inappropriate.
A note on the front of the blog reads, "Free Republic does not advocate or condone racism, violence, rebellion, secession, or an overthrow of the government," but one comment on the thread read, "This disgusting display makes me more and more eager for the revolution," while another read, "I never actually wnated [sic] to be a pistol before but..."
After attention from other blogs, the thread was suppressed and placed under review, but before long it was returned to the site intact, and attracted a new series of racial slurs when the original complaint email was posted publicly to the site, with the sender's email address intact.
"The writer has a point," wrote site owner Jim Thompson sarcastically. "We should steer clear of Obama's children. They can't help it if their old man is an American-hating Marxist pig."
"I agree Jim," wrote commenter, by the nickname NoobRep. "The kids didn't pick their commie pinko pansy of a father. Nor did they choose to be put into the spotlight. But Obama/Soetoro is fair game and so is his witch of a wife."
"Poor kids. I hope they're not 'punished with a baby'," wrote another. "Hopefully they won't deal cocaine like the Kenyan."
"DIRTBAGS! All of them. Our [White House] is now a joke to the rest of the world. We have no respect and this is not going to turn out well, mark my words. We will be hit, and much worse than last time. We are now seen as weak and vulnerable. Ghetto and Chicago thugs have taken over."
Only after significant negative attention from a host of left wing political blogs did the maintainers of the Free Republic site place the thread under review for a second time, before finally pulling it.
In the wake of the controversy, some Free Republic posters complained about the vitriol.
One poster by the name of "fullchroma" wrote, "To Jim Thompson: The recent uptick here in racist vitriol, aimed at Barrack, Michelle and their children has made me wonder if I belong. My objection to Obama has nothing to do with skin tone. Is the ugly stereotype of Conservative racism true?"
Another, going by the name of TChris, wrote, "Free Republic is a political discussion forum. It SHOULD be beneath us as a group to stoop to such juvenile tactics as I see increasing here lately. Do we REALLY have to insult Mrs. Obama's appearance like a clique of nasty 14-year-old girls?"
But such opinions were not shared by all. Said Roses of Sharon, "Poor libs .... Too late, the battle has been joined." © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun
Jim, these intrepid "journalists" can't even get your name right.
"The writer has a point," wrote site owner Jim Thompson sarcastically.
Jim, these intrepid "journalists" can't even get your name right.
Jim Thompson was the Rino governor of Illinois thirty years ago. He looked like the Family Guy.
I guess molestation jokes about a Palin child are fine, though.
You’re right... that’s pretty bad when they can’t get the names right.
But Sarah Palin’s family is fair game. And it’s ok to harrass her so much that she has to leave office to protect her family. The Democrat Party -— the party of organized hatred and anti-white racism.
The comments are gross. Something we would NEVER see at DU, HuffPo, etc. /sarc
Ping! You are the subject of Canadian media vitriol!
President Obama has a problem as he was caught inappropriately staring at a 16 yr. old’s backside.
I’m sure the writer was outraged over racist cartoons about Condoleeza Rice and Oreo cookies being thrown at Michael Steele too, right?
So sarcastic comments about black street culture will not be protected as free speech eh?
Almost as bad as the stuff written/said about Bush or Palin on MSNBC, SNL, David Letterman, etc. Definitely, some of that stuff crossed the line and should have been pulled immediately though.
Now I know why it was FredRepublic fo awhile. Jim’s really related to Fred.
What part of this was racist? I've seen white people in the ghetto and streets too. And I thought the Left liked kids having abortions?
LOL A "writer doing research"? LOL
That so called "writer" has the fake picture of Mrs. Palins daughter , Piper, shooting a "bird" posted on HER BLOG!
This is exactly what happens when you pick on the kids.
wonder if the “writer doing research” has a sock puppet?
I bet the Sun wasn’t bothered by David Lettermans ‘jokes’ at all.
Yes, it was inappropriate to go after the kids, (and strangely, I thought the post seemed like “bait” when I saw it..hm...), but we have every right to call Obama what he is... a communist.
And this is exactly what I meant when I was talking about dealing the left a hand full of trump cards. This is exactly why comments like that are not harmless because even if they are few and far between and even if people here challenge them, that they are here at all makes it easy to portray the whole site and conservatives in general as racists. Go ahead and complain it’s not fair and tell me how you aren’t going to let the left control what you say, and they’ll be laughing all the way to the White House in 2012 because they’ll happily control our image and message if we can’t.
Damn! Didn’t even spell my name right. And I was gonna buy a copy for my mother.
Five or six ding-a-ling comments out of 160+ doesn't indict all of us.
Yep; and it’s too bad they don’t practice what they preach.
Is this true? did you pull a thread and/or ban posters after taking pressure from liberal blogs? I never thought we were being moderated now by liberal blogs....
Does this “writer” have an email address? Or did he get all of this from MediaMatters?
I do cringe at some of my fellow FReepers comments, though. They make us all look bad in the public eye, and if we want to take this country back, we do need to be the good guys.
The picture of the Obama kid with the peace/no nukes t-shirt made me mad, but I didn’t post a comment on the thread. I was mad as that kid had no idea what it meant and she was used as a prop by Mr. & Mrs. Obama. That late 60’s symbol was a reminder of a painful time for America and we don’t want a remix of it today.
As far as the critical posts mentioned in the article, I agree some were too harsh and should have focused on who dressed the kid, not the child herself. Part of free speech is being offended by other’s comments, so I’m not saying the line on FR was crossed. Better we vent here than misbehaving with stones and pitchforks in front of the White House.
No, it's not a level or fail playing field. We can whine about it, act if it isn't so, or even use that to justify being just as dirty as the other side or we can deal with reality and behave as if the playing field isn't level and we need to do better.
Wrong. I was the poster.
Good day, Mr. Thompson!!
How ya doing?
I don’t know. My head is spinning. Just yesterday I was Michelle’s grand pappy.
No bias there... link?
The stuff spewed on Daily Kos, Reddit, Digg, DU and other left leaning websites is 1000x worse.
It effectively does when they are really awful and the press highlights them. Remember, conservatives argued that you can judge Obama by the company he keeps (Wright, Ayers, etc.) and that's what they are doing to us.
Let’s take a look in the mirror, folks.
There’s no quid pro quo. They’re wrong to attack Sarah Palin’s kids and we’re wrong if we attack Obamas.
If nothing else, FReepers ought to appreciate that two wrongs don’t make a right.
Obama is fair game, so is Michelle, but she’s not the President. Wouldn’t it make more sense if we focus on generating opposition to Obama and the Democrat policies that are wrecking this country?
All of you, minus me, are frakin’ radicals who are particpating in dissent, which equates to low level terrorism. Shame on you. ;-)
I think I might have to donate again.
Hussein brought up the subject of abortion and his daughters..saying “I wouldn’t want my daughters punished by and unwanted pregnancy”.
The left is now warming up to discredit a firefighter in New Jersey, who dares to testify about his Supreme Court case..let’s see if he or his kids are off limits.
“Ghetto street trash.”
Fact is, there’s more and more white trash comments on FR. They better clean it up or those FReepathons will take longer and longer.
I would have liked an opportunity to examine the archives for the most objectionable writers.
Length of membership and previous comments can often distinguish Real Freepers from Leftside provocateurs.
But it was ok to go after the Palin kids.... (didn’t see the thread, but I would have hit abuse on the racial slurs, had I seen them. Those are beneath us...Republicans and Democrats alike.)
Is the author saying that only blacks can be "street whores", "ghetto thugs", "ghetto street trash" and only black women have abortions?
We know who the racist is now, don't we?
Seriesly, do they not get that they’re complicit in such name calling when said name calling is directed toward political enemies - but horrified when it’s about political allies - even though they’re not supposed to even have any political enemies or allies in the “free press”?
Further, do they not get that this was done merely to point that out? Geezus they’re myopic.
And they wonder why they’re almost all going bankrupt????
LOL!!! I forgot about that.
Well, um. Cheer up. The day isn’t over.
*waves hi to lurkers*
Whining will have no effect on the press, that is obvious, but I would think that short to the point sentences detailing their responsibility for the degradation of their industry is in order.
Yep. Unfortunately I have been finding myself more and more distant with some of the commenter’s here. I am not racist, I do not want my name to be associated with racism. I want it to be associated with conservatism and the retaking of this country from marxists. We are better than the left and we should act that way.