View Poll Results: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

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  • No, it would be better if none existed.

    6 15.00%
  • Yes, at least they prove that racism is alive and well so that we don't forget

    4 10.00%
  • They're important for free speech, even if that speech is ugly

    28 70.00%
  • I agree with the white supremacists and am therefore glad that the sites are there

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    They allow white supremacists to organize. This is bad.
    That's a good point. They also allow such groups to appear to be bigger and more important and more supported than they really are.

    What I was thinking about when I made the original post was the "political inoculation theory." The idea is similar to biological inoculation where you deliberately expose someone to a small amount of the disease in order to make the person immune. By the same token, the idea is that it's important to expose people to hateful and messed up ideas so that they know they're there and know of the danger and get the nut case ideas rebutted. When the country goes through some kind of turmoil that makes people afraid, that's fertile ground for extremism to take root. However, if the public is already inoculated to the hate, it doesn't take root like it would have otherwise. That's the theory anyway. I was wondering if the hate web sites serve to inoculate the public in that way. If that were so, then ironically, they would work against the groups that publish them.

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Wow, as of yet, 9 people (or 37.5%) have voted that they're glad the white supremacist sites are there because they agree with them. That's pretty scary.

    Other people have posted intelligent commentary on this issue. Thank you.
    That's why I agreed with this statement by Stillballin75:

    Actually, when it comes to racism, Stormfronters and Klanners are the least of our problems in my opinion. Far more pervasive is "subtle/covert racism" or the so-called "new racism." At least the hardcore racists are blatant and honest about their views.
    The 9 that voted that they agree with those groups are hidden because the poll was set to be anon in those votes. Things that scurry under rocks are much more scarey than scurrying things you can actually see.

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I only concluded that racism still exists. I didn't say the majority of the country agreed with those sites.
    I, again,find it amazing that someone identifies, "racism", with, "white supremacy", as if there are no other catagories of racism.
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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    I don't really agree. Aspects of racism that exist in our culture that actually matter are nowhere near the level of the white supremacists BS. Trying to say that white supremacists represent anything about society is like saying the same about flat-earthers. There's always going to be crazy people and extremists. They represent nothing about society in general. It's just the human condition.

    It's smaller, more day-to-day aspects of racism that we should be paying attention to. Letting our attention be diverted by the crazy people is a waste of time.

    I voted "they're important for free speech."

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    If nothing else, they serve as a vivid reminder that racism/hate endure.

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Sure they serve a useful purpose. Their sites' monthly web hosting bill (and yearly domain name) is putting money back into our economy :
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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    To me, they serve three purposes:

    1) They sequester all the idiots in one basket so they jerk each other off and leave the rest of us alone.
    2) They show the rest of us an excellent example of what not to become.
    3) A reminder that there are still ignorant people around.
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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    What do you think?
    Free speech is free speech is free speech is free speech.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Free speech is free speech is free speech is free speech.
    This, this, this, and this. Sure, I disagree with racist groups immensely, but imagine, you guys, if government decided what we could or couldn't talk about?

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    Re: Do white supremacist web sites serve an important purpose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I've checked some of them out just out of morbid curiosity. I know most people's first reaction is to wish that garbage didn't even exist, but perhaps they do at least serve one purpose. We might be inclined to think that because of civil rights successes, we've moved past racism. However, those web sites at least confirm that racism is alive and well. They at least remind us that racism still must be dealt with.

    What do you think?
    Theres web sites that prove theres all kinds of prejudice and indecencies exist and everything else.

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