Fall from grace
There are few times when being judgmental towards people is a good thing. For lack of a better way to say this, let's just face it: Neo-Nazis aren't very cool people. But what's almost as uncool is the amount of attention they're getting from people who don't believe in their cause, including the media.
I wish this article `"White like me," March 2` had not been written. What people don't seem to realize is that by showing their anger in counter-protests, they are giving the neo-Nazis everything that they hope for, especially since they (the neo-Nazis) are the ones who think they are "civilized" during the protest while others are putting the burden on the police by giving themselves reasons to get arrested. And you, the media, by publishing a big article about this, are creating the illusion that these people are important.
The brilliant bald Nazi in the article gave blatant advice on how to make him truly angry when he said, "I wish more niggers would have started stuff. I like to get angry." I can guarantee you he would be mad enough to chew nails if he and his buds and the police were the only ones out there and the only media attention they got was lines in Happytown™. The most powerful way to combat ignorance is to ignore it. Orlando Weekly, you have fallen from the grace you achieved by utterly humiliating the racist murderer who was the subject of your recent cover story `"Beers for a racist," Jan. 12`. Now that was a story that deserved attention.
Erik Bundy, Winter Park
Return to grace
I have to commend the Weekly and their brave reporter James Carlson for the brilliant inside coverage of the recent Nazi rally in the Parramore district `"White like me," March 2`. While other reporters were content to cover the story in a manner that gave the Nazi sycophants exactly what they wanted, you and your intrepid correspondent took a more responsible and risky approach.
By infiltrating the group you did two things: You got the true story without allowing any control or spin on the outcome to rest in the hands of the skinheaded agitators, and you made them fearful of others repeating the exercise in other cities.
The net result is that the Nazis will now suspect any newcomer as an infiltrator. Suspecting new recruits becomes a real problem for a group that represents such a low portion of the populace that they must gather participants from half the country to field just a few marchers at a time.
While the mainstream media gave the marchers the coverage they expected and wanted, you not only got the real story, but gave these bigots an internal problem they will assume to be present from now on! Bravo!
Adam Nehr, Orlando
Lindy Shepherd: You should be more careful of the wording you use in your reviews. While I am a huge proponent of the First Amendment, I also think that being PC is a wise choice — especially for a movie reviewer. Your particular review of this movie `"Through the fire," March 2` was, in my opinion, borderline racist.
I am primarily referring to the first two sentences of the review — your reference to a "black kid from the projects" wanting to become an NBA star as being `a` "cliché," for starters. Then you say he wants to be able to purchase a home for his "momma" and wants to "lead his family out of poverty in a fleet of Benzes and Bentleys."
I doubt it was your intention, but the way the review is worded indicates the references are meant to be clichéd due to the fact that this is a young black male. I just wanted to make you aware of this.
Heather Silvera, via the Internet