In November 2008, a Glendale resident logged onto the Internet forum Topix looking for answers about hostility between Armenian and non-Armenian residents of the city.
What, if anything, was the explanation behind the animosity and generalizations that this person had observed?
Nearly 3,000 posts, 400 pages and four years later, the thread is still active. In fact, the latest posting was this weekend. Over time, this forum, as is typical of a large amount of discussions on Topix, has turned into a two-way racist cesspool with little intelligent conversation, bruised egos and posts so ridiculous you can't help but laugh.
The Internet, in all its glory, has a dark side too: It has made it incredibly easy for anyone, hiding behind anonymity, to spew hate. Racism isn't a phenomenon ensconced within the borders of Glendale, but perpetuated throughout the world in virtually every community in some way.