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Sunday, October 16, 2005 

Compare and Contrast, Who Is Intolerant? (Farrakhan Celebrated, Neo-Nazis Cause Riots?)

(AP) TOLEDO OH - A crowd protesting a white supremacists' march Saturday turned violent, throwing baseball-sized rocks at police, vandalizing vehicles and stores, and setting fire to a neighborhood bar, authorities said. […] When Mayor Jack Ford and a local minister tried to calm the rioting, they were cursed for allowing the march, and Ford said a masked gang member threatened to shoot him.

At least two dozen members of the National Socialist Movement, which calls itself "America's Nazi Party," had gathered at a city park to march under police protection. Organizers said they were demonstrating against black gangs they said were harassing white residents.

When the rioting began, Ford tried to negotiate with those involved, but "they weren't interested in that." He said people in the crowd swore at him and wanted to know why he was protecting the Nazis. […] They were mostly "gang members who had real or imagined grievances and took it as an opportunity to speak in their own way," Ford said. […] They were mostly "gang members who had real or imagined grievances and took it as an opportunity to speak in their own way," Ford said. "I was chagrined that there were obvious mothers and children in the crowd with them," he said.

Keith White, a black resident, criticized city officials for allowing the march in the first place.
"They let them come here and expect this not to happen?" said White, 29.

Meanwhile, the “Millions More March” (celebrating the anniversary of the “Million Man March”) did not elicit any protest of note, at least not enough to be reported in any media outlet.

Yet Farrakhan (the coordinator, creator, and feature speaker of the day) consistently carries a message as hate filled and vitriolic as any neo-Nazi or white supremacist (See “Unity, Not Farrakhan?”).

While I find the message of white supremacists morally reprehensible and utterly despicable, I am troubled by the fact that it is allowed by our society for their free speech rights to be violated, at the same time others of their ilk are celebrated. Where is the outrage by the media and society? Why are we accepting racism and intolerance by black leaders while we excuse riots over racist whites? Isn't it ALL wrong?