Found this originally on Aunt Jemima’s Revenge and was forwarded the story from The Daily Beast by an enraged reader. Seems another racist has learned that the internet is not their friend. (You know? If they don’t want people to know they’re a racist.)
Case in point: Vice Chairman of the Young Republicans Audra Shay and her coon-hatin’ thread on Facebook. Let the ig’nance commence!
From The Daily Beast:
On Wednesday, Shay—a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindal—was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s healthcare plan.” At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote “It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…”
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”
What’s hilarious about this sad piece of ignorance is that Shay, once called on her shit began DELETING said shit-callers as friends. She would later cry that she too was offended by the comment she “You tell em Eric! lol.” endorsed.
That’s it girl. Just lie. That works sometimes, unless … someone took a picture of your Facebook thread and has photographic evidence of your racist rooting?
Wait. Could this be it? View the now deleted Facebook exchange here. Never mind.
Shay now claims that she was only responding to Piker’s first comments, not having noticed the second. The eight-minute gap between the second post and her response strains the credibility of this defense.
It didn’t take long for other posters on Shay’s page to do the math. First, Derek Moss wrote “What’s disheartening is the use of the word ‘coon’ in 2009. Wow… I’m usually outnumbered about 500-to-1 on Audra’s threads so go ahead, lemme have it, I deserve it.” He apparently expected to be criticized as among this crowd for calling out the racist comment.
Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”
This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”
Shay was silent on this exchange, but soon word started spreading throughout the Young Republican circuit, open to GOP members under 40. Significantly, Shay then “de-friended” Wallender and Conner—in the world of Facebook, that means cutting off relations—after calling her out, but kept Piker as a “friend” (subsequently, it appears their profiles are no longer linked).
Classy! Or KKKlassy one should say. I’m happy to know that in Shay’s narrow, ignorant world there were folks willing to call her out for what this was — racist, uncouth behavior. Too often ignorance is allowed to fester because friends let friends be bigots. Well, Wallender and Conner didn’t and they got defriended. Good for them. Their “friend” sounds like a total asshat. Or in Shay’s case, shasshat, which is like an asshat — only shittier.
Oh, and Audra? THE INTERNET IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! You should “de-friend” it, starting now.