Sunday, February 13, 2011

An Open Message to Vermont Commons Publisher Rob Williams

Dear Rob,

Six days ago I revealed to you and our Vermont neighbors that there is a virulently anti-Semitic blogger, Carol Moore, at "Vermont Commons". That she is anti-Semitic is indisputable. And that she continues to post at the VTCommons blog is also indisputable.

My question to you is, why is VTCommons now knowingly making common cause with out-of-state anti-Semites, in addition to racists and homophobes like Long Islander, James Duncan? Or, like racism, is something like anti-Semitism openly expressed by your contributors another thing that you consider to be, "(F)rankly... none of (your) damn business" or as you've said elsewhere, not something that you choose to investigate about secession contributors, even when the facts have been presented to you. As a regular reader of this blog, you are also aware that Moore has fostered the notion that segregation is an acceptable cornerstone for secessionist communties. [1] [2]

It's put up or shut up time, Rob. We are never going to sit in some bar and trade yak puns, as you've invited me to do. That's all really quite irrelevant. As "public conversations" go, we can't get more public than the world wide web, n'est-ce pas?

You're going to renounce anti-Semitism, at least as expressed by your blogger, Carol Moore, or you're not. You'll take segregation off the table for the Vermont community or, again, not. The choice is yours.

I look forward to your response. While a bardate, as you keep suggesting, isn't in the cards for us, a post announcing her departure at VTCommons for expressing such hateful sentiments, that the knowledge of which is detrimental to the conversation you'd like Vermonters to be having, would be good start, but if that doesn't work for you, you've got my email address.

Warmest regards,

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