Opinion: Is it news?


Home in Henderson readers may have noticed the absence of a particular headline today, one that was on the front page of The Daily Dispatch and in the Raleigh News & Observer.

We weren’t scooped, as is so often the case.

Yesterday at around 3:00 p.m. we were called and advised that a particular piece of hate mail had been sent to many Hendersonians. After a half hour or so of internet research, we found a copy of the mailing in question. We could have run the article by 5:00 p.m., give or take.

However, for us, the decision was a no-brainer: we would not run it.

But, once again, is it news?

The decision to not run an article on the hate mail was not one made out of fear. The editor of this publication is unabashedly, unashamedly, and unapologetically a Jew. We don’t call attention to it because we don’t think it’s important to what Home in Henderson is about.

One purpose of this mass hate-mail was to call attention to the organization and political aims of a neo-Nazi group. That purpose has surely been accomplished with the media exposure the mailing has gotten.

Score one for the bad guys.

Another purpose of this mailing was to promote hatred and violence between the various ethnicities that comprise our community.

We don’t know if it will succeed, but we hope it won’t. We believe that Hendersonians are too smart to be so shamelessly manipulated by such obvious outside instigation.

We grant you that there are competing philosophies at work. Some will say that its best to bring it into the light of day, let the cat sniff it, and trust that each and every citizen is wise enough to disregard the message.

It didn’t work in Munich, the birthplace of the Nazi movement.

We, however, feel that calling attention to such a vile thing brings legitimacy to the thing. By splattering it on the front page, it is pushed from the fringe into the cultural mainstream. Somehow, this fountain of hate is now as worthy of the one-inch lettering as something that was so positive for our community, like the Corbitt Preservation Association event this past Saturday.

Once again, we ask, is it news?

It is not news to us that there are people out there who hate others because of what they are. It is not news to us that they are willing to spew filth from their mouths at every opportunity to anyone who is willing to listen.

The secret of keeping them at bay is simply not to listen.