Two years ago, I decided to pursue a passion of mine. Investigate how local government spends our tax dollars.
I'd recently been laid-off, and thought the hobby would be an excellent way to keep current on my accounting skills, and meet other fiscal conservatives in the community.
That's how www.thenumbercrunchers-bolingbrook.com was born. A community website that focus exclusively on the many ways our local leaders spend our tax dollars.
I expected some push back because of the nature of my work, but never would I have predicted the type of harassment I would receive from several local leaders and their supporters.
Some of the abuse have officially cross the line and now feels like cyber-bullying.
Barely two weeks ago, I decided to expand my readership by publishing blogs on Bolingbrook Patch.
Brian Feldt, Editor of BB Patch approved my access to blog, and since then (less than two weeks ago) I started publishing blogs. [I am grateful for the opportunity]
Earlier today, I noticed a disturbing comment posted immediately after mine that stated -
"I have a sudden craving for Aunt Jamima Pancakes." - by John Write
This racist and deeply ignorant comment was one of many abusive comments posted on Patch (about me) in the past three days.
Here are more abusive comments:
"Hey Rhonda Reed are you same drug addicted mother who left her kids for a crack pipe not long ago???" - by the truth
"hey rhonda why always portrying yourself as some righteous reformer???you are the same drug addicted alcoholic thats part of your history correct??? you are just like the bonnies out there always yapping with no factual information. go away we dont need you here in the BROOK." - by the truth
Freedom of speech is one of the foundations of our country. I respect and accept it thoroughly. I can handle this kind of filth because I know it's not true.
But what about my family, friends and supporters?
What about the brave individuals that volunteer their time to perform "watchdog" type activities like mine?
What about the individual that may have the same passion, and want to volunteer their time in "watchdog" activities?
What about the residents in the community that seek out the local news and community websites to gain access to the "real" news?
Why do we allow "cyber-bullies" the freedom to post vulgar, racist and derogatory comments without speaking out against it?
There are a handful of "watchdog" volunteers in Bolingbrook (including myself) that desperately need your help.
Most of us have a passion for community activism, and courage to speak up and reach out. Please consider giving us your support by practicing "zero-tolerance" when it comes to cyber-bullying.
The power is in your hands! When you visit The Number Crunchers, Bolingbrook Patch or any other website and notice comments that are vulgar, racist or derogatory, OPENLY PUSH BACK AGAINST IT. Simply add a comment speaking out against the abusive behavior, and if there's a "flag inappropriate" icon, click on that.
The only way to prevent cyber-bullying is to speak out against it.
We need your help.