I am absolutely blown away that Alexander Cockburn is still writing in the pages of The Nation. Recently he did a total hatchet job on Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and now this garbage about the effort to pass the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act.
Mr. Cockburn is obviously uninformed and bigoted. There are thousands of hate groups in America, and this week's shooting at the Holocaust Museum is a vivid reminder of the lunatic fringe in America.
I am a 68-year-old gay man and I personally knew three young gay men who were murdered before I was 30 because they were gay. In the early sixties when Florida had its own Joseph McCarthy in State Senator Charley Johns, who ran the Florida Legislative Investigative Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committe. The attempt was to root out communists and homosexuals in Florida government, schools, colleges and universities. Many were fired and many more committed suicide.
Cockburn reveals his total ignorance and hostility to minorities who have suffered abuse since the beginning of time. He needs to be out of The Nation!
Winston E Johnson
Jun 15 2009 - 12:15pm