On the Guy Who Called Mike Brown An Animal Needing To Be Put Down

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Relative Universe Dept: For all our country's enduring racism, it seems there are still lines that polite society deems cannot be crossed. So it is that we bid an unfond farewell to Don Surber, the loathsome idiot of a Charleston Daily Mail blogger who declared, in a Saturday post titled, "Why I Stop Listening When You Say 'Police Brutality," that slain teenager Michael Brown was "a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down." N-i-i-i-c-e. Surber, who has been at the paper 30 years, went on to rant about the "packs of racists" rioting in Ferguson, the many black people "never held accountable for their lies," the "'civil rights leaders,' a euphemism for tax-exempt leeches," the way Ferguson proved "police indeed need riot gear, including grenade launchers," and the incontrovertible fact that "the real cases of brutality overwhelmingly are against the police."

After the piece got some well-deserved flak, Surber briefly took it down - you can still see it here - then put it back up sounding, remarkably, even more offensive. Proclaiming that his "initial reaction was Michael Brown deserved to die and I was right," he went on to clarify with an "UPDATE." "I made a factual error," he wrote. "Michael Brown was not an animal but a man. Big. Brutal. High. His death was a justifiable homicide and not a putting down."

Umm, o-KAY. How is it, one might ask, that in this day and age such a vile voice can have a major media platform from which to spew such bile? Actually, he doesn't anymore. While the paper's editorial page is conservative, noted its editor and publisher today in a post titled, "Regrets and A Change," "it (was) disheartening to see the careless words of one of our own editorial writers describing a young man whose life ended tragically too soon....words that were unfortunate, inflammatory and, in our view, inexcusable." Thus, whether fired or "retired," bye-bye racist moron. The paper, meanwhile, "is working to rebuild the community’s trust." Hey guys: you've got a long way to go, but in the pervasive racism and day-to-day malaise that for so many is the general scheme of things, it's a start.

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