Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Racism and Nationalism: My Pacifist Manifesto

As those of you on the Queerchoice Mailing List are already aware, I received the following sick, disgusting, racist email in my email box last night:
From: -----
To: mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:;@-----.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 9:06 PM
Subject: Rally Capitol West steps Friday 3pm

PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR MAIL LIST

Please rally with me on the steps of the West steps of the State Capitol on Friday at 3pm (09/14 ) not for a Day of Morning, our beloved fellow Americans who were slaughtered deserve more than that, their souls cry out to us, they demand of us revenge, retribution and ACTION. We Must now come to ACTION.


My Fellow AMERICANS in this dire time when we have been attacked, we must move with resolve, with unity and as ONE nation.

We as a NATION can no longer afford diplomacy, nor can we AFFORD the luxury of TOLERANCE of these rogue nations, these rabid terrorist, these would be makers of our world in their image.

We as a Nation must totally, completely, and utterly annihilate these rogue nations ability to ever wage war on these UNITED STATES. We must destroy the resolve of any person who would even contemplate engaging in a Terrorist Act against this United States. We must now and once and for all clearly, loudly and without room for dialogue declare to the world that to harm a citizen of this United States shall bring forth swifth and fatal retribution. If we as a nation is to survive, the world must know that there is one and only ONE superpower, one world leader and one nation that will not be FUCKED with.

My fellow Americans we must put aside our PETTY differences of RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SOCIAL CLASS, and come together and defend our NATION, no.... our very existence. I BEG YOU AS A BROTHER, A FELLOW AMERICAN, A VICTIM IN THIS TRAGEDEDLY SAME AS YOU TO PLEASE UNITE AND DEMAND OF OUR LEADERS THAT THEY DO THEIR JOB.... THEIR DUTY TO US AND TO OUR NATION TO DESTROY OUR ENEMIES.

WE ARE AT WAR!!! THEIR ARE ONLY TWO OUTCOMES IN A WAR. YOU EITHER WIN OR YOU LOOSE!!!!

WE ARE A NATION OF WINNERS!!..

We are the only nation in this world that is holding back the night... preventing global chaos to rein supreme upon us all. We are the only nation that brokers peace, tolerance, patience, and diplomacy... IT IS NOW TIME TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE NO PEACE, WHAT AN END TO TOELRANCE LOOKS LIKE, WHAT WE CAN DO AS A NATION WHEN OUR PATIENCE IS EXHAUSTED, AND THAT DIPLOMACY DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE WILL FORGIVE YOU.


I want to wake up on wednesday morning and hear the Today show say the following:

1> The Nation of Afghanistan was destroyed by American firepower late Tuesday night due to the fact that they harbored Osama Bin Laden, and allowed terrorist around the world to use their nation as a base of operations.
2> Israel now realizes peace for the first time in over two thousand years because The nation of Plaenstine no longers exist. The greatest terrorist threat to the middle east has been eliminated.
3> The city of Baghdad is now only a memory, a footnote in history. It was completely obliterated today along with it status as middle east terrorist capital of the world.
4> Libya, and Mommar Quaddaffi are no longer threats to United States security interest since the 7th fleet late last night ended their threat.
5> The United States has declared that the United States' era of tolerance, diplomacy and patience with rogue nations and terrorist is at an end. The United States will quickly, surgically and completely destroy any nation that threatens or harbors any threat to Our National Security.


My friends... we as a Nation can in unity make this happen. Please rally with me on the steps of the West steps of the State Capitol on Friday at 3pm 09/14 not for a Day of Morning, our beloved fellow Americans who were slaughtered deserve more than that, their souls cry out to us, they demand of us revenge, retribution and ACTION.

All emphases above are as they were in the original. The message was forwarded to me by a local gay organization, and was composed by a regular gay-supportive correspondent of theirs. I wrote to them, infuriated, and received an apology from them, but nothing from the person who composed the message.

I cannot begin to express how shocked and offended I am by such blatant racist disregard for the lives of innocent civilians. This writer actually calls for the complete blind annihilation of, count them, three entire countries plus the entire city of Baghdad, civilians and all, utterly flattened overnight.

It is a horrible thing that thousands or tens of thousands of innocent American people were murdered yesterday; but only a racist could claim that the lives of innocent civilians of Arab descent are any less valuable than the lives of Americans - and the events of September 11th did not occur in a political vacuum. The thousands of innocent Americans murdered yesterday still cannot begin to compare to the over one million innocent Iraqi civilians carelessly murdered by the American government during and after the Persian Gulf War.

Think about the kind of motivation it took for these terrorists to be driven to commit suicide in order to harm American citizens. These people did not pluck their rage randomly out of the air. These were quite probably people whose family members, children or all those they loved most dearly had been murdered by the American government. People who had nothing left to live for except the urge for revenge, because the United States government murdered so many of their loved ones that their own hearts were incinerated with blind raging grief.

We need to understand that Americans are not the only ones who feel pain when their families are murdered. When thousands of Americans are murdered the American media show the grief-stricken survivors crying on TV, but when the American government murders millions in other countries, the American media never show a single tear, just gleefully report the number dead like some kind of box score for a winning game of sports. Yet the same number of tears are still shed, and these tears need to be shown. The blind urge for ever-greater retribution against innocent civilians brings no justice - it merely drags us down to the exact same immoral level as the terrorists who murdered thousands of American citizens.
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