Racism, Sexism and Political Blogging

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A McCain supporter is getting well deserved censure for posting a picture of Obama paired with the image of a noose, with the words “asphyxtiation, the Fucking Solution.” You can read about it and see the image here. This is just odious. (Via Pam’s House Blend, where there is more analysis.) The blogger responsible tried to justify this act by citing violent imagery directed at Sarah Palin, such as this image of her getting punched in the mouth.

To make a trite and obvious (one would hope) point, one wrong doesn’t justify another. I wish everybody would ramp down the hate, and stop trying to leverage race or gender against Obama and Palin.   Neither can be winning over undecided voters. It seems like some folks are using the election as an excuse to hate.

–Ann Bartow

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