The following is taken from an Op Ed piece about the Brock Turner rape. “Only in the creepy, crime coddling, victim manic universe of perennially depressed left wing misfits could a drunken slut emerge from a cesspool as a heroine.”
These are the words of Mr. Ari Noonan in an on line newspaper, cast as “The Voice of Culver City.” Click bait? Nay, this is mind numbingly ugly hate speech.
Numb no longer, I shout that this is not the voice of my Culver City, nor our Culver City. His article seeks to create an environment where a whole class of human beings do not matter. Sound familiar?
We must reject this, with all our voices. Seek to banish the idea of “slut shaming” from public and private discourse. A local business has heard the community’s voices, and committed to pull advertising from this on line screed.
Words matter. Hate speech allows people to accept and embrace their most repugnant thoughts. It matters.
As Ken Burns recently noted, “We no longer have the luxury of neutrality or “balance” or even of bemused disdain. We must remain committed to the kindness and community that are the hallmarks of civilization and reject the troubling, unfiltered Tourette’s of tribalism”.
The PRCS Commission is crafting a community conversation around the subject of hate speech. Accordingly, let our City Council and staff respond to inquiries by this reporter with a solid “No comment” so as not to promote this despicable commentary.
Crystal C. Alexander