Witch burning returns to Massachusetts!
The worst horror of the new leftist blacklisting that is sweeping America is how pervasive it is. This intolerance for dissent is not limited to a small number of people leading the way, but seems to instead be springing upward from that movement’s grass roots.
Today’s blacklist story illustrates this quite starkly.
In the small town of Sturbridge, Mass., a group of 200 left-leaning citizens organized on Facebook to compile a list of businesses to avoid due to insufficient wokeness. The group even planned to present every local business with a pro-Black Lives Matter statement to sign — or face a local boycott.
When the website Turtleboy Sports published that list in full, the woman who created it, Sarah Prager, as well as the administrators of that private Facebook group, Amanda Ivey and Chelsea Ann, then apparently claimed (along with others from that group) that it was merely an internal document not meant for public viewing. They also justified its existence by saying it was not a blacklist but a list of all businesses in town, and had been designed merely to record the political leanings of each so that people would know which businesses had bad political leanings and could be properly avoided. Here are some examples, as noted by Turtleboy:
Carrie and Company was flagged for being “pro gun, homophobic/conservative extremist.” Because supporting the second amendment means you want black people to die.
The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale (a church, not a business) was put on the list because they “complained about a Pride flag at the library.” And it’s largely their fault George Floyd died because of that.
Both the Hair Gallery Salon and Spa and Petrie Family Farm were blacklisted for the crime of being “not progressive.” Simply not being a racist person wasn’t enough. You had to be liberal too.
Jimmy D’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe and the Sturbridge Coffee House were both added to the list for supporting cops by attending events, selling merchandise, and making Facebook posts supporting police officers. Because if you support the institution that protects us from anarchy and rampant criminality you are part of the problem now and your business must be destroyed.
The Sturbridge Yankee Pedlar was targeted for harassment because they are “owned by a Trump supporter,” in a town where over 40% of people voted for Trump. Sturbridge is also surrounded by towns that voted for Trump and is located in the most conservative parts of the state. But they had to be destroyed because they killed George Floyd.
The Thrift Gypsy “used a racial slur in their name!” Even though that’s not a racial slur, and gypsies are quite real.
Treehouse Brewery and Wild Flour Kolaches got a pass because they were “owned by a liberal” and “pro democrat,” while Jones & Jones Realty, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, and Ohoodles of Doodles were exempt from harassment because they were owned by Sturbridge against Racism members.
What is important to note is that though the list was created by Prager, she did it as part of that 200-member private Facebook group, all apparently eager to squelch and destroy anyone who dared hold an opinion they did not like.
For years I had believed that most decent Democrats were simply unaware of how corrupt and extremist their party had become, and if they were presented with evidence that showed this fact to them they would be quite justifiably horrified and would either leave that party or make a stink within it to force change.
I no longer believe that. I sadly now think that a very large plurality of Democratic Party supporters, maybe even a majority, now enthusiastically endorse the bigoted, Marxist, and anti-white agenda of that corrupt Democratic Party and its leftist allies like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. And of those who do not, they are so easily led that they are willing to let these jack-booted thugs control the agenda so that the lives of anyone who opposes them are destroyed.
You might want to ask some of the Democrats you know what they think of this, and the intolerant blackballing agenda that party now supports. I think you will find yourself quite appalled at how willing they are to accept, excuse, justify, and even endorse it.