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Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts

The site includes two young commenters from Maryland.

A new blog that exposes racial slurs on social media about President Barack Obama's re-election could draw the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, even though most of its subjects -- two of whom are from Maryland -- appear to be of high school and college age.

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The website "Hello There, Racists!" which has only existed since Nov. 11, had "outed" 77 subjects by Thursday afternoon. Its creator, who has not been identified, did not respond to an electronic request for comment.

The blog, which is hosted by the popular microblogging platform Tumblr, welcomes its visitors with a challenge:

"The (un)official motto of the GOP is 'personal responsibility' -- so with publicly available information, let the words, names, and faces of these racists be documented so that they may be responsible for them," the message reads.

Although its subjects clearly oppose Obama's re-election, not all of them explicitly identify themselves as Republicans. Some also state specifically that they are not racist.

Some entries involve racial slurs or threats of secession; others advocate openly for the assassination of Obama. One user posted a picture of Obama's face on a shooting target.

"Obama's president again," one message said. "Everybody put your stocks in Home Depot. Rope will be selling like crazy." Other posts are much more offensive.

One Maryland teenager posted two tweets calling Obama a racial slur, and he shared a photo of a person wearing a novelty mask resembling the 44th president performing a crude hand gesture. After being confronted with the website, the teenager deleted the messages, claiming his Twitter profile had been hacked.

Another Marylander posted "I demand a recount" 10 minutes after NBC News called the election for Obama. When one of his Facebook friends replied, "I want an assassination," the man said, "Hahaha likewise."

Although both Marylanders are identified on the website, Capital News Service is not naming them because they could not be reached for comment, nor their identities confirmed.

When the assassination comments on the site were pointed out to the Secret Service by a reporter, spokesman Max Milien said his agency doesn't have the luxury of ignoring any threats against the president, even if the messages originate from high schoolers.

"To me, anything that is brought to our attention -- whether it be from a high school kid or an adult -- we have the right as an agency to conduct appropriate follow-up," Milien said. "We have the right to determine any intent of the comments."

Appropriate follow-up, according to Milien, could mean anything from an interview to a full-blown investigation. He also said the Secret Service would look into the blog.

While the people behind the racial slurs may find themselves in legal trouble, the website's creator may be treading on ethically unstable ground.

"If all this stuff is publicly available, and they're taking the information without using any illegal methods, it's fair game," said Bradley Shear, a Bethesda lawyer specializing in social media and Internet law. "Everyone has a right to state their opinion; however, people also have a right to be held accountable."

Shear said social media users need to be aware of the dangers of reckless tweeting, but suggested the lesson could serve as a teaching moment -- however bruising the lesson may be.

"It's so important to be so careful with anything you post online," Shear said. "You don't know where it's going to end up or who's going to use it. You should really think long and hard and wait, maybe count to 10 -- 100 if it's necessary."

PerryHallParent November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM
While I while always find racists posts about a man with a white mother extraordinarily inaccurate, it's pretty sad actually to read the strong, racist statements in those posts. No matter how you feel about his politics, beliefs or how he's run the country, there is no call to wish harm on the man or his family, or to embarrass yourself to the point that you can never retract these statements forever. Even if this site is taken down or you delete your 'tweet' or post wherever, there is someone somewhere who may have copied it or taken a screen shot. I'll bet some of these people are really going to regret what they've said when the FBI comes knocking.
Tim November 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Kick'em all out of the country. Want to secede? Here's your ticket out. See ya. Don't come back.
Edgar November 16, 2012 at 01:55 PM
There is freedom of speech, and that doesn't mean freedom from responsibility. One can say online what one does not have the courage to say in a town square full of fellow citizens, BUT that doesn't make you a hero, admirable, correct, or an honorable martyr - just timid, at best. ECL4444@aol.com
Sunflowercarved November 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
So, when people posted offensive and ridiculous things about every other previous president it was Ok, but when it is about Obama somehow it is more offensive? I give them no credit for anything more than being bullies. Go after everyone and anyone who has ever said anything offensive ever..oh wait that is not how the left plays. And for the "creator" of the website not being identified is even more ridiculous. So they can put the people who they deem bad out there, while not revealing themselves? I call BS! And just for the record the GOP, of whom I am not a member, but am tired of the left portraying them in a certain light, the GOP do not hold the only racist members. The left is chock full of racists. For goodness sake the President himself had one (Joseph Lowery) speak at his first inaugural speech. When are you going to call out the people of color who are racist? Until then, you have no ground to stand on. I am simply fed up with only one group being pointed at and the light shined on. Racists exist everywhere and in every group. Try and shed light on them all not just the easy convenient targets. Or would that mess up the agenda?
jillian November 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
i'm glad they were outted. whether a democrat or republican there is no need for those racist, hateful comments.
Chuck November 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Looks like the site has been shut down.
Leona MacDonald November 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Chuck, no it's still there.
Mark Patro November 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
"And for the 'creator' of the website not being identified is even more ridiculous."...isn't this irony coming from someone named "Sunflowercarved"

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