We are pleased to note that Herald Watch is again providing a vital community service by identifying the most offensive anti-Cuban comments published in The Miami Herald's online forum. We are not so pleased that it is castigating The Herald's inhouse censor for not deleting those comments as quickly as Herald Watch expects after having led the initial campaign to demand their deletion.
Henry Gómez has proved time and again that he is more competent to censor the The Herald than is The Herald. What's more, The Herald knows it and acts immediately on his recommendations, as if it were watching Herald Watch rather than policing its forums. So, in effect, Henry has become The Herald's "uber-censor" when it comes to determining what constitutes political correctness re Cuban-Americans.
But is it wise — forget about honest — to whitewash all negative comments? Aren't these an accurate reflection of how a very large segment of Miami's Anglo and black population feels about their Cuban neighbors? Every poll ever taken of their attitudes seems to confirm it, so why shouldn't The Herald's forums also reflect it? To ignore these attitudes will not make them disappear, and it is doubtful that one or more bigotted comments will spoil the olla podrida. For my part, nothing pleases me more than to see my enemies being themselves. I should never wish to silence them because who they are explains who I am.