TexAgs And The Baltimore Controversy.

It’s been nearly a year since I ranted about the politics board at TexAgs.com, where I once frequently posted, (I’m permanently banned from posting there after fallout from my saying the alt-right had bigots in it). My last TexAgs related rant here discussed the double standard on that board where they demanded strong action be taken in response to a death threat against Trump, while numerous death threats against Obama, on that very board, were cheered on.

The set up for this starts with Trump’s racist tweets attacking Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, and his hometown of Baltimore. Trump described Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent invested mess” that no human being would want to live in.

Trump’s attacks prompted an emotional response from CNN’s Victor Blackwell, a Baltimore native. After pointing out that Trump uses the word “infested” only to describe places occupied with mostly black or brown people, Blackwell had this to say:

“The President says about Congress Cummings’ district [long pause as Blackwell chokes up] that no human would want to live there. You know who did, Mr. President? I did. From the day I was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college, and a lot of people I care about still do. There are challenges no doubt. But people are proud of their community . . . People get up and go to work there. They care for their families there. They love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people of Congressmen who support you sir. They are Americans too.”

You can watch it all here, and it’s worth seeing.

I guessed Blackwell’s from the heart response might trigger my old antagonists on TexAgs, and so I checked it out. True to form, a thread was dedicated to “CNN’s Victor Blackwell tears up.”

It didn’t take long for this response to pop up, “Give Republicans and those evil white people 50 years of running your beloved Baltimore and get back to me.” You see, on TexAgs it is perfectly acceptable to suggest that the problem with Baltimore is that it not run by whites. In short order, one poster said it all most directly. To avoid any complaint of taking it out context here is that post in its entirety (with some emphasis added):

“I lived right outside of Baltimore for five years and moved to VA this past May. I’ll say it as a minority myself that that city is a SH/T HOLE. Sure there are some nice restaurants, inner harbor, Orioles & Ravens, a couple of museums… but the blacks destroy that city. Yes, I said it. The black mayors are either corrupt or failures because that’s all they do — play the race card or think their race is entitled. Just look at their crime rate and who is committing their crimes. They’re no better than Chicago or Detroit.

I’m not a prejudice man or racist but that city needs a white mayor to fix their sh/t. As I said before on this forum, I’m a minority but it was WHITE men and women who gave me a chance and taught a lot that helped me to become successful today. Without them, I would probably still be flipping burgers at Whataburger or making burritos at Taco Bell.

Trump is very right. I can say that because I served this country for 30 years protecting liberals and conservatives. Never voted to this day. Not even local because our system is so f/cking corrupt. Fix the process and I’ll be the first in line to press the lever. Accepted WIC for my newborn (she graduated from A&M. So proud) when I was a E2 in the Navy and got off when my wife got a job at Kay Jewelers. And now make more each year than I ever imagined and give back at many opportunities. Yes, I’ll say it, I’m very blessed and grateful. And thankful for the Caucasian’s / whites that educated me and helped me to learn how hard work leads to success with patience and kindness. Respect.

PS: I claimed “Caucasian” on all of my commission applications because I didn’t want preferential treatment. Not because I’m embarrassed of my race. I did it and I succeeded. An I have no regrets.”

I won’t comment on that, except to say what came next. A series of posts complimented the poster for his service, for having said what he said so well, and so on. Finally, one poster objected that the post was racist and called upon the TexAgs moderation staff to delete it:

“Staff please delete this racist post. No, just because you are a minority veteran that doesn’t mean you can make blatant racists posts on here about how whites are inherently better than blacks like this, simply because of their race.

This would be page 1 material of KKK propaganda handouts. Complete racism.”

This finally did prompt the TexAgs moderation staff to take action. They deleted the post asking that the racist post be deleted. You can see it (if you still can) only because others quoted it (before it was deleted) as they attacked it.

The post saying things like “the blacks destroy that city” and “the city needs a white mayor” is still up. I suspect the person who called for it to be deleted is likely under at least a temporary ban from the staff that deleted his post doing so. He has not posted in several days.

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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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