Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Luke from wotisitgood4 on Wilgoren

NOTE: The below is running together. This happened once before with a New York Times article link. Luke is with wotisitgood4 and if you click the "What led . . ." in the paragraph below, you will get his web site. The article he's highlighting is from The Independent and entitled "What led a boy of 16 to join the ranks of US student killers?" and is by Andrew Buncome. I played with this for an hour last night after it posted trying to fix it before frustration set in. Read to second NOTE for more details.

From our buddy Luke at What led a boy of 16 to join the ranks of US student killers?" From the article:

One student who shared a class with Weise said he was considered "weird" by other students. "He's antisocial," the student said. She said she never heard him talk about Nazis, but "in pictures he draws, his people have little hats with Nazi signs on them". Weise's interest in Nazism appears clear. On messages posted on a chat forum at the neo-Nazi website www.nazi.org, Weise sometimes used the names Native Nazi or Todsengel - German for "angel of death" - to talk to other posters.
Sometimes he used his own name and described himself as a "Native American from Red Lake Indian Reservation". Many of his postings on the site, operated by a group called the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party, contained typographical errors.
"I guess I've always carried a natural admiration for Hitler and his ideals, and his courage to take on larger nations. I also have a natural dislike for Communism," said one note written last March. "When I was growing up, I was taught (like others) that Nazi's were (are) evil and that Hitler was a very evil man etc. Of course, not for a second did I believe this. Upon reading up on his actions, the ideals and issues the German Third Reich addressed, I began to see how much of a lie had been painted about them. They truly were doing it for the better."
Weise also wrote about his reservation. On another occasion, using the name Todsengel, he wrote: "As a result of cultural dominance and interracial mixing, there is barely any full-blooded Natives left.
"Where I live, less than 1 per cent of all the people on the reservation can speak their own language and among the youth wanting to be black has run ramped [sic]. We have kids my age killing each other over things as simple as a fight and it's because of rap influence.
"Wannabe gangsters everywhere, I cant go five feet without hearing someone blasting some rap song over their speakers." He said that when he talked in school about maintaining the tribe's ethnic purity by not marrying outside the bloodline, "I get the same old argument which seems to be so common around here: 'We need to mix all the races, to combine all the strengths'." Weise added: "They [teachers] don't openly say that racial purity is wrong, yet when you speak your mind on the subject you get 'silenced' real quick by the teachers and like-minded school officials."

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Few believed that Weise's interest in Nazism was more than a fad. Ashley Morrison, the student who hid and telephoned her mother when Weise opened fire, said: "His friends were saying that he was talking about doing something and joking around about it, and they didn't take him seriously."

NOTE: Here were Luke's comments:

we might get some further clues about jodi's leanings if she does a follow-up article on the RedLake story. in her original piece that you referenced she didnt mention the nazi angle, but it appears that her article was an early piece.

Again, it's Luke at wotisitgood4 (and the only link so far, the one to the title of the piece, will take you to Luke's web site). We'll end with the link to the actual story and hopefully doing it this way will keep it from running together the way it did that time when a link to some writer's story kept running into a link for Adam Nagourney's.

Here is the link to Andrew Buncome's "What led a boy of 16 to join the ranks of US student killers?"