James Thurber was right: You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
North Little Rock
I refuse to believe that you just randomly chose Michael Whiteley’s story for the cover a week before the election. I can think of no stronger motivation to participate in the voting process. The Republicans’ soft-shoe routine concerning ties with an avowed supremacist was a hilarious whitewash of the situation (pun intended).
This is America and we are free to choose who and what we expose our families to. Trust me, me and my homies have no desire to low-ride our hoopties and listen to “Snoop Dog” at the local Pope County J-Mart.
Thanks for reminding us that these guys are out there. What’s really scary is that this is one of the good guys; at least he is honest and straightforward with his views. The real danger comes from the other citizens of power who operate from the exact same beliefs, but keep them hidden in the closet.
North Little Rock
So Billy Joe Roper Jr. has a passion for history. Perhaps he could also become passionate about spelling, and learn to spell “separate” correctly. Yikes!
Mary N. Waters
The quotes attributed to me by Corey Cox and Matt Bishop are outright fabrications. Mr. Cox obviously is a political animal clinging to the elephantine hide of Huckabee’s regime, and he has a position to protect, I suppose. It’s unfortunate to see how Matt Bishop has devolved into drug abuse, theft and miscegenation.
One thing is true, though: Governor Huckabee is no racist. He is, however, a radical fundamentalist who believes that the United States should be loyal to Israel at all costs, and fight all of their dirty wars for them.
Now, that would be even scarier if he had aspirations for higher office, but he exhibits enough wackiness right where he is. In a speech delivered to the Arkansas State Baptist Convention in 2001, the Huckster stated that white Christians had an opportunity to “make amends” for the past collective sin of racism against blacks, by welcoming the flood of illegal mestizo Mexicans into our state. This kind of collective guilt, collective penance mindset is really sick and twisted. Thanks for the free publicity from the article on White Revolution.
Chairman, White Revolution
I believe that you were able to ascertain from your interview with him that Billy Roper Jr. is not a “bad” person, and White Revolution is not a “bad” organization. We are just some white people who see our race diminishing in number at an alarming rate. We are proud of our race, of our European ancestry, just as other races are proud of their forefathers, and their heritage. We do not understand why, when a black or brown person wears a “racist” T-hirt, demonstrates or marches because of a strong belief, or speaks of his race with pride, it is just fine, BUT when a white person does exactly the same thing, simply trying to promote and preserve his race for his children and grandchildren, he is a “racist, a hater, a repulsive, bad person.”
This is in regards to Santo D. Formica’s letter Oct. 28. He makes several wrong assertions. First, the reason the Japanese Americans felt that they were discriminated against had to do with the fact that during this time they were put in internment camps, no Germans or Italians were. Secondly, he wrongly asserts that maybe 10 to 15 percent of the Japanese were disloyal. Where did he get this figure? There is not a single case of any Japanese American ever being tried or convicted of espionage. Can you say the same for German or Italian Americans?
My father and grandmother were both interned during the war; they were only allowed to carry what they could carry on their backs. At the same time my grandfather was fighting for America with the Fighting 442nd. This unit also had one of the highest casualty rates of any group during the war.
The reason so many Japanese Americans are still bitter is because it is only the difference in appearance that led to our internment.
The fact is that many, like my father, grandmother and grandfather, were born here in the United States and had lived in this country since 1906, yet they were treated differently than the Caucasians.
I just want to commend the Arkansas Times for the excellent job you all are doing to provide us with old-fashioned ethics in reporting. I am a loyal reader and appreciate being able to count on “the real” story.
I do not read the “rag” put out by the Democrat-Gazette since they only promote one side of any issue and tend to forget the basics of news reporting. I am very pleased with your endorsements over the last two issues and appreciate all that you do for our state and community.
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Before the JFK assassination and the dawn of conspiracy theories, we trusted our government to tell us what was what. Ike might hold back a few facts in the interest of national security, but he would never flat-out lie to us.