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Jim Schutze Thinks Our Commenters Are “Worse” Than “Straight-Up Racist and Vile”


In Jim Schutze’s latest column, he tackles the hot-button topic of the day, renaming Ross Avenue for Cesar Chavez. Somehow, our beloved commenter community found itself staring up at the undercarriage of the JS Express:

Many of the comments on the Dallas Observer blog, Unfair Park, have been straight-up racist and vile. One commenter asked, “Why don’t we just rename the city of Dallas ‘Puffy Taco City’? That should make everyone happy.”

The comments on the D magazine blog, Frontburner, have been worse:

“Great! Now I know where to pick up all the day laborers!”

That is what we call in the business “cherry-picking.” Maybe in terms of the quotes he chose to use from the respective blogs, ours was worse. Sure, I could see that–exclamation points are certainly more confrontational. But overall, there doesn’t seem to be much need for that “have been worse” remark aimed at our commenters. (You could absolutely call them nerdy, since one post degenerated into a full-on grammar war.)

I’ve looked at all the comments left on Cesar Chavez-related posts on both sites. If anything, it’s a tie, though I feel like I saw more “go back to Mexico” chatter around Unfair Park.