Oops: Post run by HuffPo about ‘taking vote away from white men’ was a hoax; HuffPo fell for it

Oops: Post run by HuffPo about ‘taking vote away from white men’ was a hoax; HuffPo fell for it

[Ed. – Interestingly, something told me not to touch that one with a 10-foot pole.  I didn’t see through the hoax, just didn’t spread it any further by highlighting it when it showed up at HuffPo.  The old maxim holds: it’s always better to be lucky than good.]

The Huffington Post South Africa defended publishing a controversial piece — which argued that white men should lose the right to vote — only for it to turn out to be a hoax written by a troll under a fake identity.

The initial post (archive), published Thursday, was titled, “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men the Franchise?” and purportedly written by a feminist philosophy student named “Shelley Garland.” …

“If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely — the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world … it may be unfair . . .  a moratorium on the franchise for white males for a period of between 20 and 30 years is a small price to pay for the pain inflicted by white males on others.”

Not surprisingly, the piece caused a widespread backlash, with outlets including the Washington Free Beacon, the Daily Caller, and NewsBusters covering it.

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