Long ago in another part of the Internet, a naive young woman wrote a spoof prayer on her personal online journal in which she chummily entreated God to intervene and do away with George Bush, for the good of all humanity. According to her, shortly afterwards an FBI team showed up at her family home and questioned her and her mother in order to satisfy themselves that she wasn’t a risk to national security. No information has ever been released on whether they also carried out a bust at God’s house.
Compare that reaction to the news today that Facebook has almost lackadaisically agreed to close down a group called, ‘Global Collection for a Sharpshooter to Liquidate Evo Morales’. Charming. As far as I can tell, its 20-year-old creator hasn’t had the pleasure of talking to any law enforcement agency: dozens of international journalists, more like. Neither am I suggesting that he should be investigated, or punished with anything other than a swift slap upside the head from his mother for being such an idiot. But it should serve as a reminder of the depth of hatred, and the casual glorification of violence against the President and, more broadly, anyone of indigenous descent, which is taken for granted in private and public fora.
Here’s Otto’s breakdown of what happened. Go for the story, stay for the rest of the blog.