For some reason my post about the firing of the Art Institute of Chicago’s docents for lack of ethnic diversity found a huge audience on the Internet. The likely source was Twitter, which prompted over 40,000 views. I didn’t bother to track it down, but I’m giving you yesterday’s viewing figures because many people tried to make comments, and many of these violated the Roolz. Such is the ire and divisiveness that discussion about race prompts. (See below.)
I don’t know how to get new readers to read the posting “Roolz”, which are here and also on the left sidebar, but failure to read them is the only explanation I can give for so many violations of protocol in attempted comments. There were lots of rants about reverse racism (too ranty to post); insults to either all readers, some commenters, or myself; completely illiterate comments; and generally rude tirades. Someone even snidely and gratuitously insulted Dr. Martin Luther King.
Comments that were too extreme were put in the trash, and I had to ban one or two people. So once again I ask you, if you’re new here, to have a look at “Da Roolz“, the Chicago pronunciation for “The Rules.” You will find that we favor polite discourse here and disdain rudeness, insults, and so on.
People have said that I’m a hypocrite because, as a free-speech advocate, I should just allow anybody to say anything on my website. If you think that, you misunderstand “free speech”. I wouldn’t allow anybody to be rude in my home, and so it is on this site.
By all means, if you have a bone to pick with me or another reader, please concentrate on the issues and ideas, and leave aside the insults. If you must insist on being nasty or harsh, there are plenty of other websites that love that kind of stuff.