Just when I thought we’d had enough of Richard Spencer and anything to do with his trash-ass hoard of hateful white people and we would leave him and the “alt-right” and Nazis behind in 2017, the Dallas Morning News decided to announce that he was a finalist for the prestigious paper’s “Texan of the Year” award.
It went about as badly as one would expect.
Now, the Morning News notes that Spencer, a noxious white supremacist, was listed as a finalist for the 15th annual Texan of the Year distinction for “his uncommon negative impact.”
“This designation is not meant as an award but as recognition of those Texans who had uncommon impact, which can be a positive or negative impact, during the past year,” the editorial section of the newspaper noted, listing Spencer’s claim to notoriety, including him being “the most recognizable white nationalist figure” in this generation, credited with coining the term “alt-right.”
Spencer was also one of the individuals who participated in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., which ultimately turned deadly after one anti-Nazi protester was killed and several others were injured.
He has caused chaos on college campuses as he attempted to bring his hateful rhetoric to colleges under the guise of free speech, with his faction later suing those who would ban him from their institutions.
He is essentially that nasty rash that refuses to yield to any balm or medicine.
So needless to say, when the Morning News made its announcement, the internet went off in disgust and horror.
Some were puzzled at the cognitive dissonance that it took for a known white supremacist to be nominated for the same title as an African-American author, Attica Locke in this case, who is known for her nuanced writing about race and white supremacy in the states.
And so it went because really, what the hell was the Morning News thinking? Regardless of what pretty words the editorial staff can string together, it does not erase the fact that they are acknowledging an actual white supremacist who has been attempting to terrorize the nation. Last time I checked, we did not give out awards or plaques or what have you to the shit stains of society.
Then again, this nation also just elected an alleged racist and sexual harasser as president, so maybe I have something twisted.
Read more at the Dallas Morning News.