Letters to the Editor,The Morning Bulletin
Monday 5th March, 2001 (28 A.C.)
God made all equal
The Salvation Army views with concern the reports carried by your paper about the infiltration of Rockhampton by an organisation seeking to promote white supremacy while denigrating non-whites.
Australians pride themselves in their acceptance and tolerance of people of other races, creeds, languages and colour and such an organisation has no place in our society.
We believe that God made all equal, gave each person dignity and worth and as such cannot be taken from anyone by the bigoted beliefs of uninformed minds.
Major Brian Holley, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army, Central and North Queensland Divisional Headquarters, Rockhampton.
Dregs of race
I am surprised and appalled that there are sufficient unstable and inadequate people either in Rocky or in my home town, Adelaide (or anywhere else in Australia for that matter) for WCOTC (TMB Saturday) to have gained a foothold.
This kind of organisation attracts those pathetic little people who are so insecure that in order to make themselves feel big and powerful, they gravitate to gangs specialising in bullying or to hate-based organisations like WCOTC.
What can we do about people as sick as this ? I guess exposing them for what they are is a step in the right direction.
Congratulations to The Morning Bulletin for doing this. If anyone knows of any individuals espousing this hate organisation, I hope they will do likewise. If WCOTC claims to represent the interests of the "white races", that in itself is a powerful argument for seeing white people not as top of the scale but as the very dregs of the human race and even lower than the primates. WCOTC certainly don't represent me.
A.B. May, Rockhampton
Oxygen of publicity
As one of the people interviewed by your reporter on Friday 23/2/01 about the racist stickers found in Rockhampton, I was amazed at the coverage that you gave the incident.
Your journalist interviewed a number of senior public servants and senior members of the indigenous community because we were all together in one room.
What were we doing there ? Well to answer that question, on had to wait until Monday morning, where the event was covered on the bottom of page three.
The launch of the Yoombooda gNujeena Community Justice Panel was a far more significant event than the work of a nutter with a few stickers.
This person is probably more worthy of our pity, than our condemnation. Many people who hold these extreme views are suffering from a mental illness and are in need of help.
The views expressed on the stickers were racist. This form of racism is easy to fight, you deny it the oxygen of publicity.
Subtle forms of racism are not so easy to fight. Ask anyone in the indigenous community.
R.W. Dutton, Bouldercombe.