Hatred more common

There’s weird, and then there is at least the appearance of dangerously weird, to wit:

When JerriAnne Boggis’s name ended up on a list on the website of a white supremacist group, it was the follow-up to that listing that should have all of us concerned and appalled.

Boggis, of Milford, got a phone message from a woman who left a long rant about how white people “have more guns and are coming for you.”

Needless to say, the cowardly woman didn’t leave her name, just her racist message.

But there’s more: In that phone call, the woman accused Boggis of trying to kill her child, apparently by just being black.

Boggis said the woman on the phone was expressing some “deep, deep fear and anger.”

Sad and pathetic as this telephone call was, it was, unfortunately, not surprising. Not anymore. Certainly, people like the anonymous woman have always been with us, have always had these thoughts and probably often expressed them, but in more private ways.

Now? Now, unfortunately, people like this woman seem to feel free to make calls to people like Boggis and leave messages like the one she got. Obviously, though, the woman wasn’t quite sure it was entirely acceptable to leave racist rants, thus her anonymity, but the very fact that she did so — and, we can only hope, from her home phone so the police can trace her – should give all of us pause to wonder why she felt free to do it.

There are many people out there like the poor woman who called Boggis. They hide behind anonymity and labels like “nationalist,” but they feel so much more free to express their hatred than they did just a few years ago.