Pleased to Meet You!

I must admit, I’m not a terribly avid tweeter, but I certainly try to keep tuned in to the local buzz, particularly around Longmont.  As most Longmontians are, I’m familiar with former councilman Sean McCoy, but have never had any personal interactions with him.  I followed his twitter campaign when he was running for reelection, and noticed some tweets of his relating to former mayor Bryan Baum that frankly really surprised me.  I understand there is no love lost between these two gentlemen, but I was a little taken aback by the almost childish name calling  Mr. McCoy was writing about Mr. Baum while they were sitting on the same council together.

I recently came across Mr. McCoy’s current twitter feed, and unfortunately it sounded a whole lot like his reelection feed did.  Since he’s no longer on council, I tend to give him more slack about what he says about others in town with whom he disagrees.  It doesn’t help the overall general good of Longmont, but it is his right, and so more power to him to speak his mind.   Of course, I am very interested in his views b/c he has been one of the more controversial and outspoken voices in Longmont ever since I’ve become familiar with him.  So I recently started following him on twitter.  This was his response:

@LongmontRespnds Now you, the leader of the insane right is following me on twitter. Right Crazy Blogger. your such a sad little man. LOL

LOL is right.  While I’m flattered that you consider me the “leader of the insane right”, you truly don’t know me, and you obviously don’t realize that I’ve always just been an outsider looking in who has felt that certain things being said around town need responding to.  I’ve given you the benefit of the doubt about your actions and responses to issues and people in town, because I don’t know you, and I know you have been a big target of many local political activists in the past.  Even though I would have expected more restraint from a sitting councilman, hell, I understand you’re human and a lot of things that have been said about you certainly would have pissed anyone off.   The people I tend to be critical of here are the ones who I’ve had personal experience with and who have no desire to debate, only to call people names and fling general insults and untruths.  It is unfortunate that you choose to be in the latter category, since although I disagree with most of your viewpoints, you have always seemed to have been knowledgeable enough to have a great exchange of ideas with.

Mr. McCoy, I’m pleased to finally make your acquaintance.  See ya around!  🙂

This Is How Racism Continues to Thrive

What a sad story coming out of Colorado Springs.  A 2nd grader who was trying to honor Martin Luther King dressed the part and painted his face black for effect.  Unfortunately, this was just a little too close to “black face”, and the boy was asked to leave the school by staffers who said it was offensive.

Seriously?  What better way to keep racism alive than to continue to insist that completely innocent actions are too similar to past actions that WERE considered racist at the time, so therefore they must also be racist now.  The kid meant no harm at all.  Let it go.

But no, to make it all better, the principal is now “reaching out to the local NAACP” to help the good people of her school understand stereotypes and how they can be offensive.  Another great idea.  Let’s make sure that these stereotypes are not allowed to go away so they can continue to be used to demonstrate hyper political correctness whenever the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton feel they need more time in the spotlight.

Let it go, people.  You are not helping solve the situation,  you are making it worse.  There was no racism in this kid’s heart when he did what he did.  That in and of itself should be enough for everyone to take his actions at face value and support the kid for honoring Dr. King, not toss him out of school because you are being too sensitive.