05/19/2017

Racist Death Threats Over Net Neutrality Part Of The Left's New Normal

Fred Campbell, Forbes.com

It’s human nature for a group to believe its views are uninfluenced by ideology while seeing others’ dissenting views as based on self-interested motives. The result is a conflict spiral of escalation that can lead to the legitimization of violence.

This tendency explains leftist elites’ recent willingness to cross democracy’s ‘red line’ by encouraging violent resistance against President Trump and Republicans generally. But an explanation is not an excuse. Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Ben Shapiro warned that the left’s attempts to intellectualize political violence would lead to more violence — and he was right.

The prospect of political violence is no longer limited to longstanding and particularly divisive issues (e.g., abortion). Leftists are now using violence to achieve their political outcomes even for relatively obscure issues like the ‘net neutrality’ debate at the Federal Communications Commission. 

After comedian John Oliver encouraged his followers to oppose FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reconsider Obama’s net neutrality rules, Pai started receiving racist comments and death threats against him and his family. One commenter told the FCC to “keep in mind: We all have the power to murder Ajit Pai and his family.” Others supported acts of depravity against Pai (the squeamish should not click the link to this comment), accused Pai of pedophilia, and called him a “dirty sneaky Indian” immigrant who should go back to his own country. (Pai is a U.S. citizen who was born in the United States.)

As Liz Harrington noted on Fox News, “it’s not really surprising that you have a lot of vulgar, obscene, and downright racist comments when John Oliver himself is calling this campaign go-FCC-yourself.” Oliver even set up a website with the URL www.goFCCyourself.com to act as a portal for his followers to submit comments to the FCC.

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