edit: It's almost a week later and it turns out that Roof wasn't raised racist, he adopted hard core racism from white nationalist websites & forums. Exactly what I was pointing out in this post. Fuckers.
Identify and fix problems? The day it happened I posted about the problem of 24/7 racist sites - including subs on reddit- and how they can impact the weak minded. I got d/v to hell.
When I was young I listened to Germans who escaped Germany talking to my great grandmother on a regular basis. I know what the effect of 'papering' (as they called the dissemination of racial tracts) can do to drive race-hate. People can deny it all they want but they need to face up to it.
Once an belief has sanction of approval by seemingly large numbers of people or government action the believers tend to multiply like cockroaches and start acting out. The Confederate Flag on government land is one type of sanction of approval.
Is providing a "safe harbor" to racists. You don't have to explicitly endorse something to support it, you just have to give those ideas a place to grow and hide.
It's what some of the GOP candidates were doing by deflecting, or not mentioning the racist aspect of the attack, it's what Fox was doing by trying to paint this as a religious attack, it's what redditors do when they down vote people for trying to point out racist disparities.
The internet will always harbor racists, but there is absolutely no reason to give racists a shred of safe harbor when it comes to government institutions.
[–]TheKolbrin 9 points 4 days ago*
"I was not raised in a racist home or environment......The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens."
[–]RocketLawnchairs 0 points 3 hours ago
You said it greatly man, but how do we stop these extremist websites? What can the nation do? And more importantly, what can the uneducated do?