Saturday, January 25, 2003

Cyberslander- I was clued into this story from two weeks ago by one of my MBA students this morning.
Web domains bearing the names of U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow, and at least three other Florida Republican congressmen have been bought by the National Association for the Advancement of White People, the Bartow congressman's staff said late Friday. The name is not the one used for Putnam's official Web site. But it does incorporate his first and last names. Entering the domain name www.adamputnam.com/into a computer browser will take a computer user to the NAAWP main page and its list of "beliefs." The page makes no mention of the congressmen, but instead gives the organization's philosophy and links to other pages for the NAAWP. Similar Web domains use the names of U.S. Reps. Porter Goss, Ric Keller and John Mica to connect to the same site.
Let's have an essay question. Compare and contrast the excerpt above with the following excerpt from Kevin Holtsberry
Interesting story developing here in Columbus. Yesterday it seemed a white supremacy group was attempting to, in essence, blackmail a number of state senators. The group responsible, the Council on Political Accountability of Seattle, registered the domain names of a eight Ohio State Senators (i.e. www.bobsmith.com) and then put those domains up for bid at eBay. If you type in the senator's name as the domain it takes you to the Web site of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, a "not for profit, non violent, civil rights educational organization, demanding equal rights for whites and special privileges for none." Apparently the group is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white supremacist group started by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. ...It turns out, however, that the whole thing was not orchestrated by white supremacists but the opposite. The group who started the whole thing is now calling it a "protest":
"For 50 years, the Republican Party has had an exclusionary attitude toward people of color," said Jeremy Stamper, who identified himself in a statement as an African-American and president of the Council on Political Accountability. "My hope is that our act of protest in linking their names to the NAAWP will hold a mirror up to these people and their destructive policies."
Yeah right! This is the kind of lame crap the left likes to pull. Instead of arguing in the marketplace of ideas they use deception and illegal activities to try and paint the GOP as racist. Is this what the "civil-rights movement" has come too? This is just another example of the depressing nature of the race debate today in many quarters.
If you answered-"I bet you the folks from Florida are being targeted by this group, too" give yourself an 100. I'm going to e-mail the Lakeland Ledger's politics guy with this piece.

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