Those of you who have been following the Un-Fair Campaign Facebook page are well aware of a strong debate that has ensued in the past week as a result of their response to our billboard. Several supporters on each side have participated in this 100+ comment argument, where there has been anger, judgment, hostility and quite a bit of name-calling. Everyone is invited to view the conversation on the UC’s Facebook page (as long as it’s not deleted – we have a copy of it that we’ll post here if it “disappears”).
Much of the conversation has centered around the hateful insults made by one of their supporters. It has been pointed out that the name-calling and other insults are in violation of their user policy, also found on their site, and should be deleted. The Un-Fair Campaign has let them remain, stating this: “The decisions made on this site are ours to make. We understand that you disagree with them.”
So the UC was questioned: “So by allowing hateful comments to remain, does that mean you support and condone comments such as the ones (he) posts?”
The UC responded. See if you can spot the double standard in this bigotry from the UC:
“We are not “condoning” or not “condoning” anything. (Name of UC supporter) is frustrated. That is certainly understandable. Who he is at his core has repeatedly been attacked. He has been stereotyped and many ignorance based assumptions have been made about him and his people on this page and, by the way, we haven’t deleted many of those either. I suspect (his) fortitude and resilience comes from a lifetime of dealing with such ignorance.
Perhaps instead if defending your stance so fervently, you could try to put yourself in (his) shoes. Perhaps instead of defending whiteness and how this campaign has hurt white people, you could consider that people of color withstand far more and do so with courage and integrity, knowing full well that there is no system to rescue them.perhaps instead of playing the role of the victim in all of this you could step up and do something to make this community equitable for all.”
There you have it. The Un-Fair Campaign defends their supporter for being “frustrated,” therefore condoning his hateful comments on their page.
Here’s our response to you, UC:
People in Duluth are frustrated with the misguided divisive message the UC has chosen to run with. That is certainly understandable. Who they are at their core has repeatedly been exposed. They have been stereotyping people with white skin and many ignorance-based assumptions have been made by them and the people who continue to support their flavor of racism. We’ve seen it on billboards and PSAs from the UC, as well as in hateful and racist rhetoric from their supporters, none of which has been retracted or apologized for, with the exception of UMD, who finally did the right thing. We suspect the STOP Un-Fair Campaign’s fortitude and resilience comes from a lifetime of dealing with such ignorance from misguided progressive organizations, politicians and radical ‘community organizers’ in our community, who have no real interest in making Duluth a better place for anyone, and only seek to further their financial interests.
Perhaps instead of defending the UC so fervently, you could try to put yourself in the public’s shoes. Perhaps instead of defending divisiveness and offensive campaign tactics and ignoring how this campaign has hurt and alienated more people than it has helped, you could consider that ALL people deserve respect, and shouldn’t have to be subjected to hateful stereotyping based on skin color knowing full well that there is no place in an anti-racism campaign for generalizations based on ANY skin color. Perhaps instead of pitting races against each other in an effort to divide this city and create controversy to further your agenda, you could step up and do something to make this community welcoming to all.
Celebrate Diversity. Embrace it. Don’t deface it. STOP the Un-Fair Campaign!