What Does a Hateful Comment Look Like?
Please post citations of quotes from the community you hate
"we should kill all religious people" and post the link to the discussion or news item where it was posted (http://my.umbc.edu/news/6699), so that others may verify that the hateful thing has actually been said. And maybe indicate who said it and where it is located in the page (Albert Yuen), bottom.
Some measure of paraphrasing is okay as long as it doesn't change the meaning of the statement. That a statement might be said sarcastically does not change the meaning of the words, it just means that the person saying it doesn't want people to accept the words under the typical meaning.
So, please show me what you consider to be "hateful" by citing it below. I am truly interested.
It seems that Albert Yuen has experienced a taste of what I've had to experience as a result of various posts by others, as in the one made by and the one referenced by Valencia Maynor, which motivated me to write this one.
I have no doubts that Albert was simply trying to make a point by being sarcastic, and that he doesn't honestly want all religious people to be killed. The nice thing about closing the comments on the post I linked to above is that it prevents people from both editing or deleting their comments, so now Albert has had the opportunity to experience the same discomfort I've been exposed to as a result of people doing so to threads I've visited.
By leaving the vague implication of an incriminating statement hanging in thin air above, I've recreated the sensation that some posters have made for me, for Albert.
Perhaps Albert can help bring understanding to those people by explaining to them how it feels to be subtly implicated in a hate crime, in so few words that there's little the accused can do to defend themselves against the claim. Perhaps he can convince them that vaguely threatening, subtle, suggestive posts about a single person are not an appropriate way to deal with problems in the community, nor are they a good way to promote understanding and diversity and tolerance.
Pardon me for bringing you into it this way, Albert. Hopefully you'll be in a position to help make the university's online discussion threads a more civil place as a result.