I promised myself I would not post on the gorilla-gets-killed-because-of-kid story. First, because it seemed to me to be a no brainer: kid gets away from parents into a gorilla gage and a gorilla is near him. Of course you shoot the gorilla. Sad that it happened but nothing to raise a hue and cry about. Second, because all the hullabaloo that it caused I took as further evidence as to the fact that all too many people have way too much time on their hands, and I thought that self-evident fact of modern life needed no commentary from me. However, David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings to light a new facet of this story involving blogger Simcha Fisher :
Apparently Simcha posted a Facebook article in which she said that the parents of the boy whose actions led to the killing of a gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo might not be guilty of any wrong doing. Sometimes kids act out and it’s not the parent’s fault.
Fair enough. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t. For my money, a little accountability in our day and age might do us adults some good. That does’t mean, of course, that the parents in question are guilty. Most of the comments followed that line of non-accountability, a line not exactly uncommon nowadays. But a couple bucked the trend, including Melissa Cox, the aforementioned judicial candidate.
Now my approach to Facebook is ‘don’t’. It was Mark Shea’s page that broke me. When he and some of his readers descended on me and mocked and belittled me because I agreed with one of them (yeah, I agreed with one of the readers who then turned and let loose with both barrels), I figured it was time to get a real life.
Apparently Ms. Cox is made of stronger material than me, or is more patient, or maybe even naive. I don’t know. She stayed and tried to make the claim that yes, the parents might be guilty of wrong doing. When pushed, she admitted she wasn’t there. Apparently there were some bystanders who were there who frequent Simcha’s Facebook page. In reaction to that, Ms. Cox explained that there could be many factors behind why a parent might or might not be guilty: Drugs. Alcohol. BAM!
That was what done her in. By bringing up those examples, she was accused of falsely accusing the parents of being drug addicts and alcoholics. Simcha and others swooped in and laid layer after layer of condemnation and contempt on Ms. Cox for being judgmental and sinning by bearing false witness against the parents. I don’t know the full extent of the discourse, because eventually Ms. Cox left and deleted, or blocked, her statements. Those I did see were kept by some of the readers:
As the comments continued to pile on, a growing number of readers shook their heads at just how much of a disgrace Ms. Cox was to the legal profession. Soon Simcha floated the idea that she might have brought the drugs question up because the parents are Black (and you know what that means). Naturally others ran with the race card. During that time a bright light came on. While Simcha stated she didn’t want to ruin anyone’s career, she and others then converged and began shouting out to different individuals from Ms.Cox’s district; calling on reporters to dig up dirt and rake up some muck, calling for articles to discredit her and work to wreck her life, her career, her livelihood:
Simcha Fisher Rebecca Kavan If you are interested in pursuing this, Damien says you should contact the Detroit Free Press and let them know you have a tip, including screenshots, of some nutso stuff that judicial candidate and prosecutor Melissa Cox said on Facebook and then deleted. You could contact Charlie LeDuff, who is a muckraker and might be interested. This is stuff that should disqualify her to be a judge. (Emphasis mine)