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‘I Used the Wrong Word’: Conservative Columnist Offers Weak Apology After Calling Michael Brown an ‘Animal’ Needing to Be ‘Put Down’

A conservative columnist is not really sorry that he called Michael Brown an ‘animal’ who deserved to be ‘put down.’ In fact, he did not really apologize at all.

Instead, after his controversial statements posted to his blog got flak, he issued this half-hearted apology/update:

“I made a factual error. Michael Brown was not an animal but a man,” Don Surber wrote. “Big. Brutal. High. His death was a justifiable homicide and not a putting down.”

Later, after the firestorm grew, Surber deleted the post entirely, but not before the internet memorialized the Charleston Daily Mail’s rant in all its bigoted glory.

“This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down,” the columnist wrote on a now-deleted blog.

Surber then said he really didn’t care what lengths the police went to ‘keep society safe’, especially since most of the victims were young and non-white, which he seemed to think justified the police thuggery.

“My realization was I don’t care about police brutality anymore,” he continued. “I don’t care about the militarization of the cops, either. Give them what they need to keep society safe from the hundred thousand or so thugs who want to rape, murder and maim decent people. Most of the victims are non-white. And poor. And male. And young.”

In fairness to the Charleston Daily Mail, Surber’s editor quickly apologized on his behalf, even though the words appeared on his personal blog and not the paper.

“We’re sorry about the impression Mr. Surber gave. That’s not the view of the paper as a whole,”Brad McElhinny told TPM. “His words were uncareful and he is aware of that. He is aware that although it was his personal blog, people realize he is a columnist and an editorial writer for the paper and it’s certainly affected our reputation.”

McElhinny declined to say if the paper planned to take against Surber for his ‘uncareful’ words.

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