I'm sorry to do this, but we must address the delinking issue again.
I don't have this grand notion that my linking to or not linking to a certain blog means anything to that blogger. It won't make one single bit of difference in their traffic because my blogroll is not public. The only part of my blogroll that you can see is the five most recently updated of my links.
Because the blogroll is private, no one has any idea whose link I remove or when. I just happened to call attention to this one instance, because I felt it was important.
I wasn't delinking the blog, but the man, so to speak. I've been associated with him before, was sort of friendly with him, commented on his blog and he commented here.
I abhor racists. I felt it necessary, in this situation, to make it loud and clear that not only do I not condone what Rob was doing, but I denounce it. I wasn.'t speaking out against someone's website, I was speaking out against ignorance and intolerance that astounds me.
I don't use racial or ethnic slurs here. When I refer to, say, radical Muslims, you will always see that word - radical - in front of the Muslims, so it's clear I am not referrring to everyone of that faith. Yes, there are some people I link to that may use a slur every now and then, but I have never read anything like Rob's post, which was so full of hatred, misguided notions and stereotypes that I had to read it twice to make sure I didn't misunderstand what he was saying. And he's not apologetic about it at all.
I really don't have to explain myself to you, but for some reason, I am. This is not about being "PC." Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows damn well that I am not PC. This is about slamming an entire race with just a few paragraphs.
I've obviously annoyed some people, and I don't really care. My point is this - I realize no one's world is going to fall apart because I took them off my blogroll. No one should take their blog that seriously. Perhaps using the phrase de-linking was a mistake on my part. Perhaps I should have just said what I thought about Rob's post and left it at that.
This was getting a lot of play around the blog world. There was no way I was going to stay silent and look like I was condoning it, which would be a slap in the face to several of my friends who took the most offense to Rob's words.
What cracks me up is that some of the people who have emailed me or kicked me around in other's comments are the same people who will get all bent out of shape when other ethnicities and/or religions are treated the same way Rob treated black people.
It's nothing but one step forward, two steps back around here. I don't pretend to think that anyone cares who or who isn't on my blogroll. That's not what this is about and if you think it is, then you don't know me at all, so don't pretend you know what's going on in my head.
So...how about those Yankees?