A Modest Proposal, Somewhere between Why Bother and Letting them Drown in their own Filth

Dante's Inferno

Once more I am chagrined to see that ten people have been sucked into the temptation to comment on the psychopathic Texan's recent post.  Not sure what I'm trying to do here, but I'll try again: What if? If Only... this toxic man was left to stew in his own poison?  Is there some way we can all come into some consensus to simply ignore his provocations?

My modest proposal is that for the next month that we all resist the temptation to call this man out for the despicable vile ideologue that he is, turn our backs to him and remain silent.  Don't want to sound pretentious here or wag my finger, but in this case I'm thinking that silence speaks louder than words.

In my mind perhaps the most effective civil rights protest in the history of New York City was organized in a matter of hours by Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam in 1957:

Johnson Hinton, a Nation of Islam member, was beaten by two New York City police officers.  On April 26, Hinton and two other passersby—​also Nation of Islam members—​saw the officers beating an African-American man with nightsticks.  When they attempted to intervene, shouting "You're not in Alabama...this is New York!" one of the officers turned on Hinton, beating him so severely that he suffered brain contusions and subdural hemorrhaging. All four men were then arrested.

Alerted by a witness, Malcolm X and a small group of Muslims went to the police station and demanded to see Hinton.  Police initially denied that any Muslims were being held, but when the crowd grew to about five hundred they allowed Malcolm X to speak with Hinton, after which, at Malcolm X's insistence, an ambulance took Hinton to Harlem Hospital.

Hinton's injuries were treated and by the time he was returned to the police station, some four thousand people had gathered outside.  Inside the station, Malcolm X and an attorney were making bail arrangements for two of the Muslims. Hinton was not bailed, and police said he could not go back to the hospital until his arraignment the following day. Considering the situation to be at an impasse, Malcolm X stepped outside the station house and gave a hand signal to the crowd.  Nation members silently left, after which the rest of the crowd also dispersed.   One police officer told the New York Amsterdam News: "No one man should have that much power." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X#Johnson_Hinton_incident

During the entire episode none of the hundreds of Muslims from the Nation of Islam said a word. They appeared, stood on the sidewalk surrounding the police station and at the signal, they left without a word. That demonstration of discipline is what drew Malcolm X to the attention of the NYPD and the rest of America.

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Comment by nerd cred on June 25, 2015 at 9:37pm

Yeah but if it is He Who I Think You Mean he hasn't posted in several days
and I don't see anyone else from TX posting either or anyone despicable that I'm aware of.
I'm all confused. Did he maybe take down a post.
That would be good. If hard to believe.

Comment by nerd cred on June 25, 2015 at 9:37pm

And the Malcolm X story is chilling.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 25, 2015 at 9:42pm

He's editing comments and re-posting to get into the feed.

Comment by Abrawang on June 25, 2015 at 9:51pm

Not sure who you're referring to jmac but if it's Doc from Vega then I appreciate a glimpse into the mind of the deranged right wing without having to soil myself by frequenting Fox, National Review and other more extreme sites.  I tried commenting once on one of his Benghazi posts, comparing it to the 250 marines blown up in Libya while Reagan was Pres.  But he had such a conniption that I figured it wasn't worth further engagement.  Too bad as I wound mind a right winger who could discuss things civilly.  They seem near-extinct.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 25, 2015 at 10:00pm
I did that for a long time and I have no objection to doing it again. It's not like anyone will ever persuade him of anything. Anyone who writes blogs and is closed is worthless.
Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 25, 2015 at 10:06pm

'nough said Kosh. Let's hope that his next pools of vitriol get zero comments. ;-(

Comment by Myriad on June 26, 2015 at 11:18am


Comment by Lois Wickstrom on July 6, 2015 at 6:04am

How about we stop commenting on all the crazies --  it's a long list.  I hadn't seen that Malcolm X story before -- thanks for posting.

Comment by Charlie Thornton on July 7, 2015 at 7:52pm
I liked the Malcolm X story too.

I'm not here enough to know who the Texan is. Although that also means I'm not likely to comment over there anyway.

Carry on.


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