When comments are enabled on our stories on Philly.com, unfortunately, the conversations between anonymous readers usually turn toward race, even if the article was about flowers and bunnies. As the racial vitriol builds, our web administrators are forced to shut the comments down.
We here in the newsroom tend to think that's because when you're anonymous, you don't have to take responsibility for what you say. But over on Facebook there's an interesting conversation going on at a page where commenters are sharing their names, and in many cases, their photos.
As I reported today, the page "Support Chester of City Law Enforcement" was created this weekend in the wake of Chester Mayor Wendell Butler Jr.'s statements that he wanted to oust an officer who shot and killed a man Aug. 5 before a full investigation was complete.
When I last checked yesterday at 7:30 p.m., the page had 2,355 "likes." Today it has 2,842.