Some news reports are so jaw-droppingly awful, one has to question their veracity. I read this the other day and thought it was a hoax. "No one or no group could be this depraved," I thought. But after checking several sources, including a blogger who lives in Portland, Oregon, I found the story is true.
Each time I think we, as a culture, have hit a new low in our dealings with our fellow citizens, along comes a story to prove me wrong.
This is just another depressing piece of evidence to prove me wrong again:
Portland Commission on Disability says fliers posted in neighborhoods are 'hate speech'
Portland's Commission on Disability released a statement Friday condemning the fliers that someone spread across Portland this month threatening to name people on disability.
"Our Commission is deeply troubled by these fliers, and we find this behavior threatening in both tone and content. The vast majority of people with disabilities who receive disability benefits genuinely need those benefits just to survive.
We view this act as hate speech against people with disabilities in our community. Given the nature of this message, we are necessarily concerned for the safety of our neighbors with disabilities who are being targeted here.
We ask that the community help us put an end to this before it escalates further."
The flier has been posted in the Irvington, Laurelhurst, Eliot, University Park and Belmont areas. The Laurelhurst flier -- signed by the anonymous "Artemis of the Wild" -- promises to reveal the names of 16 people in the Portland neighborhood who vote and receive disability payments.
"The names of these people are being posted where they can be seen by taxpayers and the neighborhood can decide who is truly disabled," it reads.
Joe VanderVeer, chair of the commission on disability, said anyone who has received or seen this flyer should report it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-823-4432.