People, you can’t make this shit up:
Reports on Monday that someone was walking around the campus of Oberlin College in Ku Klux Klan regalia — for which the Ohio liberal arts college cancelled an entire day’s classes — may have been a huge misunderstanding. That’s the sense one gets from reading a comprehensive report published on Tuesday morning by the local paper, the Chronicle-Telegram, which traced the early-morning sighting to someone wearing a blanket: “Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket.” But no KKK garb.
To be fair to Oberlin, they have had a recent spate of racist graffiti although it’s not entirely clear whether that’s racists or people pretending to be. But as the article notes, even we assume some idiot is running around … OK, wait it’s Oberlin .. some idiot-even-by-Oberlin’s-standards is running around doing this, why give him the satisfaction of canceling classes? I would lay 7-to-1 odds that if they ever catch the racist graffiti guy, he will turn out be not a racist but a troll. Does Oberlin not know that the first rule of the internet is don’t feed the fucking trolls?
How extreme is the Westboro Baptist Church? This extreme:
As President Obama honored fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested the ceremony, holding signs that read “Pray for more dead soldiers” and “God hates your prayers,” as the controversial group has become known to do. They were met by about 70 counterprotesters, including members from a group just as contentious as the church: the Ku Klux Klan.
Dennis LaBonte, who told CNN he was a military veteran and the “imperial wizard” of a KKK chapter, said the approximately 10 members of the group came in “support of the troops.” LaBonte, who said he’s not a “hate-monger,” said he “thinks that it’s an absolute shame that [the WBC] show up and disrupt people’s funerals.” The group was cordoned off in a separate area and reportedly “drew little attention.”
WBC member Abigail Phelps said the KKK “have no moral authority on anything.”
When the people who spend their time ranting and raving about the black and the Jews think you’ve gone too far, maybe … just maybe … you’ve gone too far. But it does make me marvel about how wonderful free speech is. In most countries, repulsive assholes like these are in prison or in charge. Here … they’re just an illustration of how much we mean it when we say, “Congress shall make no law”.