Exposing bigots: eightmaps.com
An interesting convergence has occurred between information technology and election-donor transparency. California’s election laws disclose to public record all campaign donors giving $100 or more. As part of the public record, anyone can access such data. Anyone can know who gave how much to what campaign… including the recent bigot-eruption in California, Prop 8. Using those public records a group has set up eightmaps.com, which uses Google map technology to pinpoint the addresses of everyone who donated to promote theocratic fascism in California.
Thanks to the clever originators of eightmaps.com, we now have a bright spotlight illuminating lots and lots of cockroaches. A recent NYT article discussed eightmaps, noting how some have used the information displayed there to issue death threats, send harassing emails, or display other sorts of related incivility. That’s too bad, and idiots who threaten others should be punished… but I have no problem with the site itself. The laws in California are clear: donate enough and your name goes public. If the filth who donated to support institutionalized bigotry are truly proud of themselves, this shouldn’t be a problem for them. Keep in mind that eightmaps doesn’t expose everyone who voted for Prop 8, only those who donated enough that they tripped California’s public disclosure laws. Well, you get what you pay for.
How should the data on eightmaps be used, if not for harassment? Boycotts. Leave alone the sad, monstrous individuals who threw away their hard-earned money to support evil. But amongst those lone thugs there are plenty of businesses… and business owners.
Every individual has the free choice to spend their money where they wish, and to not spend it where they wish. That’s not harassment, it’s freedom. For the moment, at least, the rightwingers have left us at least that much liberty, and I suggest we use it. Let’s show the bigots we’re better than them by refraining from threats or other cheap villainy, and simply exercising our freedom to buy products and services from people who aren’t traitors to the Constitution. Boycott businesses who supported Prop 8, and tell your friends where not to patronize. Now is the perfect time, with a weak economy and many businesses on the verge of bankruptcy. Don’t threaten, don’t harass… just starve the monsters.