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article imageOp-Ed: Louisiana City One of Many Facing High-Tech Hate Speech

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 11, 2009 in Crime
Natchitoches, Louisiana is a small Southern town. It is a microcosm of the world, however, in some respects. It is here that hate speech, intolerance and high tech lynching has occurred, just as it has in other places.
The Internet has the capability for people to do both good and bad things. It allows for interactive, international communication so that doctors can exchange information about cures for diseases. But it also allows people with deviant or dangerous motives to enlist legions to their cause. That’s a big concern.
Internet porn and hate affects many communities. It began to be particularly visible on a site called Topix during an election period that began less than two years ago during the local Louisiana Senate and House elections that also brought other key officials up in the campaigns as well. For example, Natchitoches re-elected its sheriff less than 18 months ago. He is a Creole, with African American heritage clearly visible; and he was one of many targeted with hate.
In Natchitoches the Mayor, Wayne McCullen, Sheriff Jones, local civic and business leaders, the President of Northwestern University and the major newspapers, as well as private individuals, have had personal attacks that are beyond ordinary questions of political or social propriety. Instead there are statements of “fact” about shakedowns by a newspaper publisher, adultery involving the Mayor and his assistant, drug-dealing by the Sheriff and racist, slanderous comments about the first and only female African American on the city council. All of these statements of fact are known to be false. When the matter was brought to the website involved, there was no response from its management.
The small town of Natchitoches is thought of by many as an oasis in the South with its pristine natural beauty and its racial mix of white and black almost even with major representatives from both groups actively involved in business and political affairs. It has been designated a key retirement spot by a number of publications. After a sordid past of slavery and segregation, it has moved ahead of much of the State of Louisiana towards inclusion and reconciliation, although vestiges of the problems still remain. It faces the present depression like other places, although less so because it is insulated because of a diverse economy and the fact that it is small enough that people have developed the sense of community that allows bonding and support when major problems occur. It cannot afford, as people in the community declare, to be demoralized by hate groups anymore than other places can at this time. That’s because during economic downturns like a recession or a depression hate groups multiply and cause problems that can become global.
One reputable journalist with decades of experience has been doing a series of investigative reports on Kim de Gelder who has been featured on Facebook sites that have been put up to support and applaud this man as a hero. His behavior involves the stabbing of a total 20 infants and two adults at a creche in the Belgian town of Dendermonde, three of whom have died. He has been called by authorities a mass murderer for this. Still he is applauded by hate speech that spreads through Internet sites and that continues in spite of the seriousness of the content.
The Ku Klux Klan has a website that initially portrays itself as a peaceful, loving group. Look further at its manifestoes and remarks and one sees that peace and love isn’t the direction or intent. This group believes in arming everyone, sending any group that disagrees in any way with white supremacy back to their own country, and quarantining everyone with HIV/Aids. There are many more notions that take an extreme in promoting not love but hate under what under the guise of “Christian concepts.”
There are videos on YouTube that depict sex acts between father and daughter in very detailed ways. Although this link shows a relatively recent video, additionally recommended have been on YouTube for many months.
Want to dialogue and be part of the American Nazi party? You can reach and interact with them online through Yahoo Groups. Yahoo features contact numbers and the membership list as well.
These are the terms of Topix service. The rest of the list is available here.
• upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, torturous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
• upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that shows nudity, partial nudity or adult content;
• upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that exhorts others to commit illegal acts;
• harm minors in any way;
These terms of service are similar to other website forums, developer sites and interactive Internet discussion groups, some under the umbrella of international businesses like Yahoo and Google. With the violations that seem to be a pattern everywhere, perhaps some believe there should be some international regulation and codes that offer controls and reporting.
Is there a difference between free speech and license and have some groups crossed the boundaries to the latter? It seems so by the evidence and whether it continues without control is something world leaders might need to examine.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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