September 27, 2011

Hate Watch: My Email Reply To Mickey Mathis


I’m sure that other bloggers can attest to the fact that when you take a stand on controversial issues, whether written or spoken, our democratic system encourages the public to be engaged. I post my name and email address so that if anyone wants to contact me - that they can do so.

I get some lovely emails - and since I started calling for a boycott, and taken on the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, the tone changed considerably. I get many emails from anonymous people - who hide behind a screen name - and I get called names, and worse. I dismiss them all, because the individuals emailing me are hiding. In my view that fact negates whatever message they have.

When I searched for Mickey Mathis online, to see if she left comments on other blogs, I found a few. I learned that she is an active tea-party member living in Brownwood, Texas. It made me sad when I learned that she is 78 years old. It makes me wonder how someone can be filled with so much hate? I learned all of this just by searching google and her name and email address.

When someone sends me an email and uses their real name, I try to reply. I felt a little guilty because she’s an elderly woman, and I don’t want to pick on an elderly woman - even if she is a tea-bagger. When I reviewed her comments that litter the internet - and saw that she has picked on immigrants, unions, teachers, and the LGBT community - I decided to reply.

I still feel guilty about responding - but whether someone is 78 years old, or 35 years old - we have to stand up for what is right. And Mickey Mathis is wrong.

I wrote:


Dear Ms. Mathis:

Thank you so much for contributing to the dialogue about the intersection of business and commerce. I have taken your puerile comment on board, and posted it on my blog, so that the community at-large can participate in formulating a cogent response to your assertion.

The Central Texas Mental Health Center can be found at 3401 Milam Drive in Brownwood, Texas. You can reach them by calling (325) 643-3526. If you would like me to call them to make an appointment for you, I would be happy to do so.


With Best Wishes, I remain


Sincerely Yours,


Roy Steele

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