Insensitivity and intolerance

Many years ago when I was working as a junior consultant for Xerox-Connect (then called XLConnect) in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to do some consulting for The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they are the civil rights organization that publishes Hate Watch and owns They needed a database and we went over to their offices three or four times to help them out. (All pro-bono of course). It was an amazing experience.

Because they keep track of hate groups in the U.S. their offices are like Fort Knox. The security was intense and then some. They get tons of bombs threats and more every day and needed to be vigilent. I can't remember exactly what the work we were helping with - it wasn't anything major like THE database of hate-crimes or anything like that, but while we were there, they explained what they did and why it was so important.

Since that experience, I've been a donator to the center, and received lots of information (maybe too much) about the problem of hate and racism in America. It's a serious issue that shouldn't be taken lightly.

I think that this is a good time to get some perspective of what you're saying, Dave, and to give some of that cash you've earned over the years to a good cause. If you're going to whip around acusations of racism like a cudgel, at least put your money where your mouth is. Using expressions like you did today only prove to lesson the crimes that have occurred and still occur every year in the U.S.


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