I only rarely refuse to let comments through from new readers. Occasionally, it’s been because of an obviously fake email address. Other times, it has been apparent that one of a very few users whose commenting privileges were revoked was coming in under a new name. A couple of times, it was a post from someone new that seemed close enough to slander to make me decline to allow it through.
Today, someone new posted a comment that took the view, essentially, that Emmett Till had it coming, and that outrage about his death was promoted by a socialist plot from the Federal government that went back decades. The comment was loaded with inflammatory historical inaccuracies. I’m going to note this part of the commenting guidelines: “There is zero tolerance for racism and bigotry. I will delete such posts.”
This does not seem a topic for useful debate or discussion. Emmett Till, a child, was murdered. Suggesting he brought it on himself counts in my estimation as racism.