I knew the liberal agenda of "blame the victim" was on the horizon, but I thought common decency would be also after all the bodies were retrieved from the wreckage. I was wrong.
I realize Mr. Sugg only represents a small portion of Americans (thank God), just as the Taliban is only a small portion of Islam, but unfortunately he uses this tragedy to push his anti-American agenda. I suppose the Jews in Europe in the 1930s should have been a little introspective and asked themselves, "Why do the Germans hate us so much, maybe we should change?"
I suppose to him, like the young lady who wore just a little TOO much makeup and her skirt was just a little TOO short, we had it coming.
Tell someone who's lost a loved one to buy your act, I dare you. You make me ill.
-- Donald DeMille, Atlanta
(In response to Fish Wrapper, Sept. 19): Thank you for your article. It is critical that we challenge the simplistic good vs. evil rhetoric that our leaders have been espousing. I imagine you may be getting some negative responses. Please know that there are those of us that support you and your voice and that you are not alone.
-- Matt Karol, Atlanta
Soapbox soul mates
Maybe John Sugg is just trying to appear to be a hyper-liberal since he is the new senior editor at Creative Loafing, or maybe he really truly is a self-hating-white-male-American. Whatever the case, he is very annoying to this loyal reader of the Loaf. Apparently the minority ownership (the same business owners of the AJC) of Creative Loafing decided that they needed a soul mate to Cynthia Tucker in this publication as well.
Sugg decided to get on his soapbox to voice his displeasure of being an American (Fish Wrapper, Sept. 19), and how the Sept. 11 tragedy is the fault of our government. While we as Americans need to re-evaluate our lifestyles and our policies, Mr. Sugg should thank his higher power that he is allowed to write such opinionated bullshit in the country and government he hates so much.
Also, his issue about the "Suggs" and reparations just goes to show how much white-guilt he has about his ancestors' actions (Fish Wrapper, "Not my fault," Sept. 12). If he wants to pay reparations because his family used to be slave owners, then I say he should do so if it will resolve him from his guilty feelings of being white. For those of us who are descendants from non-slave owner immigrants and Native Americans, or are present-day immigrants, how is it fair to us to make reparations?
We are one country, we all pay bills and taxes, and as my dad used to say, we all shit the same. Now why can't we act in a unified, non-finger-pointing matter? Maybe Mr. Sugg can tackle that in his next uber-liberal, non-objectifying way.
-- Shawn Hall, Atlanta
Inaction is not an option
(In response to Fish Wrapper, Sept. 19): Wow! I can't believe what I just read! I've always known that Creative Loafing was a liberal periodical but I guess I never really understood just how liberal.
While I believe that some of what you had to say testifies to your belief in peaceful resolution to these issues, it scares the hell out of me that anyone would think the way you do. I'm just glad that our leaders don't. Yes, I agree that America has made mistakes in foreign policy that have caused much of the rest of the world to see us as a very big spoiled child. We cannot allow these actions to go unpunished. To do so is to tell all would-be terrorists that the best way to get the attention of the U.S. is to murder a very large number of innocent civilians. Should it be a wake-up call to us regarding foreign policy? Of course. It's too bad that it had to come to something like this to wake us up. Yes, we should start looking more seriously at how we treat the rest of the world. In the mean time, military retaliation is absolutely necessary to send a message to all who would consider sending us another "message" about their frustration with us.
-- Norris D. Lamb III, Atlanta
Public opinion over peace
While I was flattered that Andisheh Nouraee chose to single me out by name as one of the counter-demonstrators at last week's "peace rally" downtown (Scene & Herd, "Absolutely nothing," Sept. 19), I'd like to clarify a few points.
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