Letters

Letters from the week of June 26, 2003

 Skin Flicks

Facing hate: I was compelled to pick-up your magazine when I saw the swastika on the cover and I must say your piece was wonderfully powerful and compelling. ("Local Hero," Susy Buchanan, June 19) I commend you for your coverage of this issue because people really don't realize how much hate is present in the world today. As a young woman whose mother is white and father is black, it is hard to make people understand that I face racism every day. My light brown skin represents what these people hate the most -- the mixing of "the superior race" with an inferior one. I see and must confront hate every day when I walk down the street with my boyfriend who is white with blond hair and blue eyes.

However, as a student at the Arizona State University College of Law who hopes to work for the prosecutor's office when I graduate, I will inevitably confront these people face-to-face. I guarantee that I will do everything in my power to ensure the "skins" are forced to cease the intimidation of and violence against those of us who are proud to be who we are. One by one their "gang" will be subject to Sheriff Joe and his glorious facilities. At least there they'll be away from the rest of the world that understands that the color of someone's skin has nothing to do with the person they are.

Name withheld by request

Stand up guy: I just finished reading Susy Buchanan's article, "Local Hero" (June 19). Excellent piece of journalism, as usual. I just wanted to give you guys props for having enough balls to write a non-biased article on Nazis. I hate all that bullshit, but I will always support a paper as truly independent as yours. I know you're going to get a lot of negative feedback for that cover, so I thought you might want to know you've got a loyal reader out there who supports you for not bending over!

Anton McLain
Gilbert

Cover image: I want you to know that no matter what the content of the article; it was poor choice to put the picture of that man and that symbol on your cover. I don't think I'm alone on this one! Also, for the record, I will still be faithful to the New Times.

Name withheld by request

Poster boy: I find the cover of the "Local Hero" issue of New Times utterly offensive. There is a definite boundary that exists between simple attention grabbing and a complete lack of morality. If you have drawn any attention to your paper from this obscenity, it is not the kind of attention that any self-respecting media source would want.

It is not the picture that I find offensive. It is the glorification by the text under the picture. Congratulations! You have just made a poster that the white supremacists will hang on the wall to enjoy. By the way, the content of the article will persuade very few, if any, against the virtues of hate mongering.

Name withheld by request

Unimpressed: I've read your article on the skinhead movement, here in Arizona. I have one word -- ridiculous. Why are 98 percent of skinheads unemployed, or doing tattoos? Because they don't have an education to get a real job!

Great, Josh "rents" a $300,000 house. Big whoop. Oh, and he wants to buy an Escalade. Yeah, right.

The death of Mr. Bailey was so freakin' senseless. He died because he was looking at those guys? That's it? And he was white! Explain that to me. Wow. Impressive. Can I be a skinhead too? I want to walk around like an idiot and get kicked out of virtually every bar from here to Mississippi! What fun! I'd be proud to be part of a group where all the members are dead by 40! Cool!

As far as Sean Gaines goes, (who looks Mexican to me) I'm so happy that he's proud he has three women pregnant. Great! Let's start a whole new tribe of idiots!

What cracks me up is the "prejudice" they suffer. Excuse me? Honey, you don't know what prejudice is. Maybe if your people acted like adults, you wouldn't be exiled and treated the way you are. If the Aryan Nation wants to start their own race, move to an island off the coast of Fiji.

I'm proud to say that I'm a white girl, married to a wonderful Spanish guy. Ignorance is the cause of a lot of trouble and violence in the world. It's too bad.

Name withheld by request

True believer: Although the statement that many white supremacists are devotees of Asatru is true, there are thousands of us who are not racist in any way. The heathen religion of Asatru in no way promotes racism or prejudice of any kind.

We promote Courage, Truth, Honor, Loyalty, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-reliance, and Steadfastness. Asatruars around the world worship the ancient Gods of the north (i.e. Odin, Thor, Freya) While we understand that the media is more focused on the few "bad apples" of our religion, I for one would like to shine a light on the many doing good for their communities.

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