Pray for Spencer

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This is in reference to the Lauren M. Fox article about Richard Spencer (see "The Hatemonger next door," Oct. 24). My first thought was how embarrassed I was to be white man, and then I thought why should I be embarrassed about someone's ignorance, which unfortunately gives Mr. Spencer a purpose, friends and pride.

I remember when I was young, a person told me how good looking he was. I realized immediately how ugly that person was. It is the same with people telling me how smart they are—it is clear to me how dumb they are, and I don't mean "dumb" in a mocking sense.

I noticed Mr. Spencer referred to his folly as creating an intellectual class of white separatists. First, the statement is oxymoronic. Second, this is a great example of someone calling himself/herself smart. Maybe the saddest part of Mr. Spencer's cause is his desire to make America a white state, when it has been a relatively short amount time since we slaughtered the indigenous peoples. I remember a professor telling that the best way to beat the Klan was to ignore them and not show up at their pansy marches where they don't have the ba, uh, I mean, the confidence to even show their identity (robes and masks). Sadly, the foundation of Mr. Spencer's religion, his god, finds his behavior abhorrent. Could you imagine how horrific it would be waking up and thinking like Mr. Spencer? It is precisely in this context I believe prayer was developed.

In all seriousness, I also believe we need to pray for Mr. Spencer and think positively that he will find compassion and start to take care of his real brothers and sisters.

Tom Irvine

Missoula

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