CINCINNATI (TDB) -- It didn't take long for somebody to play the race card and crank out the hate speech after five posts on The Daily Bellwether questioned the wisdom of investing more public money in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. That's a museum on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati that is supposed to memorialize the fight against slavery and honor those who -- by acts and speaking -- opposed an evil.
This is the racial slur an anonymous person directed at me Wednesday afternoon:
"The guilt from your southern heritage makes you hate the Freedom Center and all associated with it. You slavery loving cracker!"
That last, the C-word, is a racial epithet. It's a verbal assault that means white trash. It equates to the N-word.
The anonymous poster also attacked an entire region of the country. The implication is that everyone from rural Appalachia or the Deep South was guilty of terrible oppression -- an "all the sins of the family fall on the daughter" assertion if there ever was one.
So how can somebody spew racist and ethnic-bashing language to defend a museum that is against racism and ethnic discrimination?
The people at the Freedom Center are not haters. I may disagree with them about how they spend Ohio's public money. True, the anonymous person who spouted those vile words Wednesday stung me. But he, or she, dishonored the Freedom Center and its cause by turning to hate speech and using the C-word.