Sound Off comment, paper offensive
I get it. The Sound Off is a section of the paper where people can write in a few lines about whatever is on their mind.
I read it almost every day it is published. Sometimes a statement will make me smile, sometimes one will make me shake my head, but a comment published in the May 29 Sound Off made me angry. I wasn’t angry at the person who submitted it; that person is entitled to his or her opinion regardless of how different it may be from mine.
I was upset instead with the editors of the paper. The comment in question read as follows: “What do all Muslims and mosquitoes have in common? You don’t know which ones will kill you.” The fact the editors allowed a bigoted one-liner to make it to publishing is astounding. More than astounding, it is concerning.
I very much doubt that a racist joke about African-Americans, for example, would ever make it through the editorial filter. So why on Earth are we reading a blatantly prejudiced joke generalizing an entire religion? Allowing such hate speech to be normalized through the media is dangerous. It is an editor’s discretion that prevents such vitriol from being published.
It is not a question of censorship; it is a question of recognizing hate and further recognizing Coweta County and its paper have no place for it. I can only hope the editors of the Times-Herald will not be found cowering behind the “they said it, not us” excuse of an opinion page indiscretion and will rightfully apologize for their mistake in publishing the offensive comment.