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Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

She was very wrong here; shame on her. But how shallow are we that we lose our shit over words? That we give out death threats because of what someone else says? These people are also very wrong. Shame on them. And then there's "cards against humanity"...which countless people, including myself, have used to make extremely insensitive statements toward race/gender/sexuality, etc...just sayin...

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Posted by landover on 01/21/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Thank you, LuLu - happy to hear l my research was helpful

And Leslie Pilato Bonnette - the bully now is Heather, just as she was 10 years ago. I, too, have personal experience with her. And don't you dare try saying we are condoning death threats. Either 1) you didn't read the comments or 2) you are trying to twist words. If the second is true, there may be another bully here - you!

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Posted by Michelle C from Boston on 01/21/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Vermonters Join Inaugural Protests in Washington, D.C.

Your crazed obsession with Hillary is beginning to call into question your stability.

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/21/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Can't believe a journalist got paid to explore yet another inane instance of "Is It Racist".

Yes, it is racist.

Let's be done now.

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Posted by Olivia Sharon on 01/21/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Seven Days, WICK BRANDED HERSELF A RACIST with her grossly racist post-- which she then chose to leave up FOR THREE DAYS?? Now Wick is the wounded party? I don't engage in or condone death threats, but I do beleive people of color have the right to self defense as much as white people. Are you aware, Heather, of how racism destroys lives? Mental health issues do not account for racism. Racism accounts for racism. Plenty of people who are bi-polar would not make that post and leave it up for three days. Black women who have the same issues also have to deal with a racist system of health providers on top of emotional struggles.

Also saw your husband's response, which also showed callous disregard for the toll racism takes in terms of health and well-being of people of color. Falling back on your white fragility now that you've CALLED YOURSELF OUT doesn't fly. Learn something. You might benefit from a week with Jane Elliott. If all you learn is to be more careful about your racism, there's no growth there. Those toxic beliefs will continue to eat at you from inside.

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Posted by karcer on 01/21/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

She claims she was "joking." Well here's the math. Joke + racism = racism

She is not a victim in terms of being called out as a racist. And being bipolar has nothing to do with being racist or immoral. To suggest such a thing is insulting to all people living with mental illness. Her "blip on the radar" let her social defenses down, but what came out had to already be there.

I will admit death threats are extreme. But that's all I've got for her. And anyone who "chuckled" at this needs to do some soul searching amd get some education.

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Posted by JamilahFreya on 01/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Jesus Christ ~ leave this woman ALONE!!! Sure, she was out of line, but to have her and her family receive death threats is clearly over the top. Who is the bully now?

I looked at the post and knew it was a joke. I, admittedly, chuckled when seeing it. I know this woman and she is NOT a racist ~ not by a long shot. C'mon, people, can't anyone take a joke anymore? Lighten up and move on.

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Posted by Leslie Pilato Bonnette on 01/21/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

I guess Seven Days didn't dig very deep when they wrote this article. Thank you, Michelle from Boston. What you state is very true.
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_l…

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Posted by LuLu on 01/21/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Racist
I have friends and family that are bipolar - they have never, nor would ever, post racist pablum like this.

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Posted by Lisa Evans on 01/21/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Bear in minds this is a 44-year-old woman who's been diagnosed for 20 years. She has a well-connected and supportive family. Time to take some RESPONSIBILITY, Heather! "Sad!"

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Posted by Michelle C from Boston on 01/21/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

This woman uses being bipolar as the reason for her posting a disgusting remark on Facebook

I guess I would have to ask what is the excuse the rest of her friends were using for posting the degrading remarks about Donald Trump that they posted on Facebook

Some of the remarks that have been made about our new president are absolutely disgusting and have no place in America... these people proposing violence against a new American president is disgusting

Look at the attack made against Barron Trump a 10 year old boy... why didn't the media make an outcry about this... when does this kind of foolishness end

Look at the behavior from Congress on down to the people in the streets ruining businesses and setting cars on fire while assaulting people.. I guess it's also okay that her and her friends were in favor of this type of behavior

It is really sad that these "college-educated people" act like complete imbeciles when they don't get their way

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Posted by Richard Ley on 01/21/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Family of Syrian Refugees Arrive in Rutland as Resettlement Begins

All the tax money and volunteerism being put forward for refugees could have gone to helping Americans first, but no, now it is everyone but Americans first.

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Posted by Deplorable Danny on 01/21/2017 at 4:28 AM

Re: “St. Mike's Grad Designs Inaugural Outfits for Ivanka Trump's Kids

Tug that forelock.

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Posted by 8valvegrowl on 01/21/2017 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Party Time: Vermont Republicans Take D.C. for Inauguration

i hope peter welch stands up and doesnt just sit back and make friendly. his privilege allowed him access to the inauguration, just as many of his colleagues, could not go. i am so disappointed he sided with the bullies and went.

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Posted by Marsha E. Camp on 01/21/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Even more conceisly
Wick even contradicts herself in this article.

From paragraphs 9-10: Wick didnt use her mental illness as an excuse for what she posted on Facebook. In fact, she said just the opposite. "I wasnt manic, I was making a satirical joke.".

From paragraph 45: Bipolar is one of those illnesses that, even if youre stable, you can have minor blips on the radar, Wick said on Friday. Unfortunately one minor blip on the radar was the comment I made about slavery."

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Posted by Michelle C from Boston on 01/20/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Wick even contradicts herself in this article.

From paragraphs 9-10: Wick didnt use her mental illness as an excuse for what she posted on Facebook. In fact, she said just the opposite. "I wasnt manic, I was making a satirical joke. I regret that I did it because it was a little too over the line. I meant it as a joke but I apologize if I offended anybody.

From paragraph 45: Bipolar is one of those illnesses that, even if youre stable, you can have minor blips on the radar, Wick said on Friday. Unfortunately one minor blip on the radar was the comment I made about slavery."

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Posted by Michelle C from Boston on 01/20/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Thank you for your story on mental illness. Breaking the silence on mental illness helps to break the stigma. Here's my own story:

In December, 2006, I was hospitalized at FAHC for to a stress and alcohol-induced illness. I no longer drink. After a decade, I still remember the treatment I received from this 'doctor:' how she followed me down the halls screaming, how she destroyed the property of an 80-yr old patient and how she mocked a patient, telling him is suicide attempt was, "just one more reason you're a failure." I will never forget. But should I forgive? Let's see...

First, keep in mind that Heather is a doctor, conveniently equipped with the medical knowledge to self-diagnose. Furthermore, this isn't the first time Wick has cowered behind her diagnosis. In 2010, she was convicted twice on felony drug charges and used her diagnosis to avoid prison time. Kimball Manning, her elderly then-husband and co-conspirator, received a 54-month sentence.

Wick may or may not be bipolar, but she's definitely a bully. Why should we show mercy to someone who clearly has not shown empathy? One of the gifts of my sobriety is the ability to clearly see through BS. I encourage readers to do the same.

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Posted by Michelle C from Boston on 01/20/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

And what's the excuse for making death threats ? And what's the excuse for making death threats to a relative or associate of the person you're angry with ?

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Posted by Rich ard on 01/20/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

Being bi-polar is not an excuse for her bad humor.

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Posted by Cassy Gardner on 01/20/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She's Bipolar?

So let's start with some of the people locked up right now because they did things in a Manic Phase!
Will Seven Days do an article on some of them to help them out?
She admitted she won't in that phase it was a joke she said!
Stop putting Bi-Polar on her when it was clearly a joke among friends you all do that was exposed.
Don't get mad when you called out on your mess! Why should Cheatham feel bad!
I admit I can respect her for owning up to a stupid joke gone bad and not making excuses.
Some others of you could take pointers from her on how to admit when you wrong and apologize. Leave her alone now!
Ok, NEXT, let's move on, we got bigger fish to fry and you all invited to dinner!

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Posted by Deborah Alston on 01/20/2017 at 9:38 PM

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