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HuffPo publishes racist hoax-screed, retracts it under pressure

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Heh. The Huffington Post is in the middle of a sh** storm — excuse me — a much deserved sh** storm of its own making.

A few days ago Shelley Garland penned an unbelievably racist and stupid blog post at HuffPo SA (South Africa) titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” It turns out, though, that the author isn’t Shelley Garland. Indeed, HuffPo has no idea who it is.

The HuffPo has removed the blog post (thank goodness for web archives) and in its place offered this explanation:

We have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT [University of Cape Town], cannot be traced and appears not to exist.

Note that HuffPo didn’t take it down because it had any reservations about the opinion expressed. Apparently arguing for disenfranchisement is just fine as long as it isn’t aimed at non-whites.

But then, what do you expect from a website that lets anyone with an Internet connection write for it?

We have immediately bolstered and strengthened our blogging procedures that, until now, have operated on the basis of open communication and good faith. From now on, bloggers will have to verify themselves.

You mean they didn’t “verify themselves” prior to yesterday? Perhaps if we want to increase the average intelligence of voters as a whole we should disenfranchise HuffPo editors.

On a different but related subject, Not-Shelley-Garland, who for all we know is a sockpuppet for genocidal Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, is also an ignoramus. This is evidence by the following sentences:

This redistribution of the world’s wealth is long overdue, and it is not just South Africa where white males own a disproportionate amount of wealth. While in South Africa 90 percent of the country’s land is in the hands of whites (it is safe to assume these are mainly men), along with 97 percent of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, this is also the norm in the rest of the world. [Emphasis added]

Chances are that Garland would be surprised to learn that East Indians in East Africa tend to be wealthier than native Africans. In Malaysia, the Chinese tend to be much wealthier than the Malays.

Even here in the U.S., Asians are catching up to whites and may overtake them as the wealthiest ethnic group in the next 25 years.

Income inequality is the norm across the world. Whites being at the top of the income heap, though, is not the norm at all.