By Nicole Nichols
April 22, 2006, promised to be no different than any other day in Spring, Texas. People went about their usual Saturday chores and errands. Back yard Bar-B-Que's were being planned and neighbors were mowing and tending their lawns. That evening, however, everything changed in this quiet suburb 20 miles north of Houston. What was a quiet and ethnically diverse community was transformed into a crime zone for one of the most despicable and heinous acts possibly imagined.
On Martin Luther King day in 2004, David Tuck, then 16, marched around his neighborhood carrying a swastika flag much like the one he was ordered to remove from over the family's garage. Neighbors shook their heads and commented on the craziness of it all. According to an Associated Press article, Tuck incurred the wrath of neighbors when he taught younger children in the neighborhood to "bow down and praise Adolf Hitler." Now 18, David Tuck was described by his classmates as a "Skinhead with Nazi tattoos."
Early on the 22nd of April Tuck went to a Crawfish Festival where he was heard asking some of his classmates "Do y'all want to become skinheads?" Later, David would meet up with one of his friends, Keith Turner. David and Keith then went to the home of another acquaintance for a little fellowship. Present in that home were a mother and two other children as well as a 16 year old Hispanic boy. Later in the evening the mother had gone to bed as she was not feeling well and the get-together got a little rowdy. When David and Keith found out that the Hispanic boy had kissed the 12 year old girl living in the house it was just a little more than they could take - the fight was on.
Only there wasn't much of a "fight." In the wee small hours of Sunday morning, Tuck and Turner drug the Hispanic teen into the back yard and began to beat him and kick him with their steel-toed boots. Screaming racial slurs and savagely wailing on the teen, at some point they removed his pants. What happened next is almost unbelievable. They worked themselves into such a frenzy that they took a piece of plastic pipe that held a patio umbrella and shoved it up the young man's rectum sodomizing him. But that wasn't the end of it. According to reports, David Tuck kicked the pipe repeatedly driving it as far as it would go. A couple of days ago, it was learned that they then poured bleach into the pipe and doused his body in it as well.
The young victim lay on the ground in that back yard for hours before being discovered. How does that happen? How does any of this happen? How is it that those so young can harbor so much hate? How do young minds ever even conceive of doing such things? From Jacob Robida who left a trail of blood halfway across the United States to David and Kevin who have so callously put another teen into a coma from which he may never recover, what happened? How extreme is too extreme? When do we say "enough is enough?"
Extreme sports, extreme make-overs, extreme T.V. shows, have all become a part of everyday life in the 21st Century. It is nothing unusual to see people eating the raw innards of a cow or depositing leeches from one container to another via one's mouth. People do extreme things whether for money or for shock-value. Neither is it uncommon for television hosts to caution "Do not try this at home." The problem is, however, that there is always going to be someone who does try it at home.
Just as we are bombarded with extreme actions and indulgences for the purpose of "entertainment", we are now being bombarded with extreme speech. Nowhere do these "extremes" have a greater impact than what they have on our youth.
Young people in their teens are faced with the daunting task of learning and establishing who they are. They express themselves through the way that they dress, the way they carry themselves, and through what they choose to do with their bodies. Regardless of how we, as adults, feel about the current trends or music teens often set their own rules and expectations. The advertising industry realizes this and thus targets our youth for their buying potential. Others realize this, as well. Some of these "others" are innocuous and well-intentioned while there are those who consider our youth nothing more than easy prey.
One of those segments of our society which preys upon our children is the neo-Nazi/White Supremacist faction. During the last five years these organizations have been actively recruiting our youth through their propaganda and hatecore music. Aside from the battle that they are waging for the hearts and minds of young people, there are many other pitfalls that accompany children becoming involved with these people and their organizations.
Teens are, indeed, still children. While they are growing and attempting to assert themselves within our society, they still lack maturity and judgment. They are unsophisticated when it comes to understanding the nuances and techniques that are being employed by cultish white supremacists. They are not "seasoned" in all things worldly and are often blindly led into the sensational or shocking alleys of the underworld or counter culture. It is one thing to wear outrageous clothing, pierce and tattoo your body, or emulate the latest movie idol and quite another to sell your soul to the hatemongers of the world. Even with a good value system already in place, teens are still very impressionable and many are not yet stable in their decision making processes. When people like Hal Turner or Michael Blevins or Bill White issue an opinion on the violence that should be committed against others who they hate, those young people who are attempting to be noticed and embraced, who are attempting to make their own unique mark on the world often lack the self-control or the ability to see the consequences of such violence or the absurdity of an unfounded hatred.
The fate of David Tuck and Kevin Turner is now up to our judicial system. The young victim remains comatose. But, the fate of our youth is up to us. At what point do we draw the line? Does freedom of speech entitled those who incite racial and ethnic violence ever become too extreme? Does it give a blanket guarantee to those whose purpose is to corrupt our children that they may do so without consequences? How extreme is too extreme? What about these comments...are they over the line:
"Abe foxman's family should be targeted. Kill his children, mother or wife. Make the fat jew piece of shit suffer. Better yet kid-nap the fat kike and torture him to death but remember to make a video so the whole world can see this kike vermon suffer.
Attention: all jews and self-hating white faggots! The nazi's where just a warm-up. Next time we'll get every kike and traitor."--"Viking Man"
"Personally, I believe that we should help the ADL...
"I believe that we should correct their 6 million (holohoax) miscalculation, by making said number accurate. After that, we can go for 6 million more."--"Jessica"
"The spics have no clue as to what a threat is. A genuine threat is delivered IN PERSON, not by mail or such.
"I strongly suggest any such threat also be delivered to the FAMILY of the offending, hateful, jew-incited beaner politicians.
"Thank you, loose cannons, for your attention & cooperation."--"Pogo"
Where is our outrage? Where do we draw the line? One of the biggest recruiting tools used by the white supremacist is hatecore music. It is vicious, guttural, and heinous - and it is being handed out to our kids. Here are some lyrics:
The mud brown child that's been given birth
The beating of your life is what it is worth
To satisfy your lust, well, you never did care
Your baby was born a mongrel, with African hair!
The culprit of producing a maleficient race
We will soon dispose of your shameless disgrace
Your villainous contempt is really well understood
Your futile cries of mercy will do ya no good!
You had to be sexually explored by countless black men
You continue to abide by this horrible trend
Fear strickened eyes are drenched with tears
Your feeble pleas will only fall upon deaf ears
My Hands are around your neck
Your error is mine to correct
The air slowly dwindles away
Your defiled body, on the ground it lays.
Browntown burning down
Negro in flames rolling on the ground
No longer welcome in our cities 'cause you'll get beat
Extreme White racial violence!
Is what the darkies can expect to meet.
Drive around in my van
We want to kill a nigger
They are in the city
Follow one into the alley
We all attack the nigger
He has seen his last day
Beat his face from black to red
Cut off his cock, shove it in his mouth
No more racemixing, spreading your seed
Splatter day, Nigger Day
We must stop the decay
Splatterday, Nigger Day
Niggers are in the Whiteman?s way
Slice open an ape throat, pull out the esophagus
Mutilate the nigger face with a sharp instrument
Flesh & Meat splattered on my hands and the wall
Fuck the Hip-Hop community
We will kill minorities
Nigger blood is spilled by my son
This is the way families should be
Hope he?ll be the next Adolf Hitler
Killing niggers and jews by the millions
Unsuspecting apes of the tiny Aryan
But when they spoke, junior chopped their heads off
Daddy, Daddy call the Coroner?.I just killed another nigger
Niggers must die!!
Was it something like this that sent David Tuck and Kevin Turner over the edge? We don't know. What we do know, however, is that no child who praises Adolf Hitler just decided on his own that this was something to do. No child who parades around his neighborhood waving a swastika flag to the derision of friends and neighbors just woke up one morning and said to himself, "It's Martin Luther King Day - I think I'll protest." No child tattoos himself with Nazi ink because it just seemed like a fun thing to do. Those ideas came from somewhere - and like a cancer it stole a life. Actually, it stole three lives.
They are our children and it is up to us to protect them and shield them from all things that harm them. They are our future - or, they are the future of the hate-monger. The choice is ours - so what are we going to do about it? When are we going to scream - "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?" We talk about taking back our streets and our neighborhoods from the criminal element. Are we ready to take back our children as well?
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