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The man in black is no longer Johnny Cash

April 26, 2009

I have very little tolerance for, um…intolerance. It seems like we have an awful lot of intolerance these days. The economy is in the toilet, bankers are getting bailed out, foreclosures are at an all-time high, immigration woes, unemployment predicted to be in double-digits by the Fall. People are hurt and they’re pissed; but some are pointing their anger in a destructive direction, and that will do nothing but separate us further.

With the neo-Nazi groups undergoing a marketing makeover, it brings to mind the Palinesque, “putting lipstick on a pig.”  Dressing in black and giving up the brown uniforms with the swastika? Pretty up the messenger and the message suddenly changes? I don’t think so. But, will it work? Probably for some it will.

“It appears they are tapping into and fanning the flames of mainstream America’s fear of immigrants,” says Ann Van Dyke of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. “They are increasingly using the language of Main Street, things like, ‘We want safe communities to raise our children.’ “

Myers says the group is organizing family-friendly activities, rejecting the violence that made skinheads notorious. For example, they plan gatherings in public libraries.

“It’s not the footage from the ’80s with people burning crosses. It’s a very healthy environment,” Myers, 26, says.

Bullshit.

FDR was right, we have nothing to fear but fear itself. We feared the terrorists and became so paranoid, we bought duct tape and plastic erroneously thinking that would save us in case of a poison gas attack. (Maybe your home is more air tight than mine.) We had colors to tell us where our fear level should be.

Hate is nothing more than fear magnified and it looks for a face to lay it on. Whose face will be next?

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