Hello folks, sorry to make my first post here a complaint but I am highly pissed off.
Yesterday I picked up a recent copy of Freedom (9 April 2005) and found this in the 'anti-fascist roundup' section on the back page:
School shooter 'Angel of Death' a Nazi
The latest school shooting to shock America was the kiling of nine people and himself by Native American Jeff Weise.
Weise was a poster on the Nazi.org website first with the username Todesengel - German for 'Angel of Death' - and later the less Byronesque moniker NativeNazi, and spoke of his 'natural dislike of communism' and hatred of 'youths wanting to be black.'
He will not be missed.
That article's tone is unbelievably crass: luckily nobody from Red Lake is likely to see it. Jeff Weise was a confused, depressed teenager growing up in a community with a sky-high teen suicide rate, the legacy of centuries of colonial racism. Weise's father also committed suicide when his son was still a child.
Despite the almost unimaginable problems it has to deal with, the Red Lake reservation has a strong community spirit, like many Indian communities on reservations and in the cities. Jeff Weise will be missed by his many relatives as they and the other victims' relatives try to put their lives back together.
Some hack rubbing her/his hands with glee over the death of a 'nazi', rather than doing some basic research, does not help that process.