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New Hate Speech Watch blog started in Grand Rapids

March 12, 2011

In the past we have posted a few stories that have looked at the hate speech on the comments section of MLive articles.

One of our writers did an initial story that looked at an example of hate speech comments and what the Grand Rapids Press policy is on this matter. A second story was done that looked at how the Press responded to the first article, when a GRIID writer was able to speak to the online editor to get her feedback on the hate speech and their policy. Hate speech on MLive was an issue that was also raised by the director of the Hispanic Center at Michigan Civil Rights Commission forum on Bullying on March 1st.

However, despite the growing concerns about hate speech on MLive there doesn’t appear to be a let up with this type of speech. Many people have commented on this blog that they are disgusted and frustrated with the kind of things that people are allowed to say on the MLive forum.

One person who has been disturbed by these comments has decided to do something about it. Katherine Marty, a local performance artist, just started a blog called MLive’s Greatest Hits. The blog is pretty straight forward, with almost daily postings of MLive comments, followed by comments from the blogger.

When GRIID asked Katherine what made her decide to start this blog she said, “everyone I know talks about how mean-spirited and bigoted the comments on MLive are. I’d been flagging a lot of comments for removal, at least one every day. And I wasn’t seeking out hate speech; I was just reading news items that interested me. After a while I decided it was better to highlight vicious rhetoric and bring it into the open than to write little notes to the site moderators and hope the bigots just went away.

We would agree that hate speech will not go away until it is exposed and GRIID salutes Katherine’s efforts to shine a light on hate speech in West Michigan.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2011 9:38 pm


  2. Victoria permalink
    March 12, 2011 10:17 pm

    I, too, like the idea of exposing hate speech, and calling it what it is. I also like the idea of inviting those that engage in it into a dialog. It has been my experience that when I open myself up to the relationship good things happen; when I try to direct my anger at them, through enforcement of policies and laws, solutions seem to be impossible. It isn’t a perfect solution, but it takes time to change someones heart, and I would rather change their words by opening their heart , than forcing self censorship.

  3. analogmutant permalink
    March 13, 2011 5:54 pm

    interesting idea. hall of dumb-ass fame, might be a good incentive for people NOT to be pricks

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