Uh...what part of unacceptable behavior does this man not understand? Being a slumlord and leaching off of those less fortunate than you is a very distasteful thing - but threatening children and encouraging others to lynch the youth known as the Jena 6, is a whole helluva lot more than that. Yes...Roanoke, we DO have a problem.
William Alexander White resides in Roanoke, Virginia and does his dirty deeds on a daily basis. He has been little else than a constant embarrassment to the Star City. When he started a riot in Toledo, the media blared that the Roanoke Nazi was responsible and Roanoke has worked hard to keep its' image of a beautiful city fighting off the shame that White has heaped upon it time and again.
Thursday night, Bill White went off the charts in his bid for appeasement of his narcissistic yearnings for attention. Known for his grandstanding and news-grabbing nature, White published a brief article entitled "Lynch the Jena 6 - We are Anxiously Awaiting Their Release." In that article, White said, "If these n*****s are released or acquitted, we will find out where they live and make sure that white activists and white citizens in Louisiana know it, we'll mail directions to their homes to every white man in Louisiana if we have to in order to find someone willing to deliver justice."
Soon after the first article, another headline screamed "Addresses Of Jena 6 N*****s - In Case Anyone Wants To Deliver Justice." He then published the phone numbers and addresses of five of the six teens families.
The day after peaceful protests were held by thousands of Americans in Jena, Louisiana and across the country the story has become all about the Nazi who hails from Roanoke - so, yes, Roanoke, we DO have a problem.
Bill White and I have sparred with each other for a number of years now and we don't like each other very much. With Bill, just as with Hal Turner, the FBI has been supposedly "watching" him for quite sometime. On Friday, the Roanoke Times reported that an FBI Official claimed that they would "seek a prosecutive opinion at the appropriate time.
Well...the time IS appropriate. The Jena 6 are high school kids and their families are being harassed and terrorized by a handful of neo-Nazi's who derive some sort of perverse pleasure from intimidating others on the phone and behind the keyboard. But...who knows what unstable individual will decide to carry out Bill White's threats?
Enjoying the attention that he is getting on this, he claimed that his quote about putting a bullet through their heads that was used in a segment of CNN was not the worse thing that he had said on the Vonbluvens Show and that they should have used the one where he suggested that they hang them in the town square and use them as a human sacrifice.
It's one thing to shout and chant back and forth at each other across police barriers. It's one thing for anti-racists and Nazi's to verbally tear each other apart on the internet. But, It's a whole other ball game when you place children in harm's way. It's a new day for Bill White, because he really crossed the line.
There is a problem in Roanoke - and we have to help the good people in that town - NOW. Floyd Cochran was there last week - and imparted some words of wisdom - and he will be back. In the meantime...Bill White has to be neutralized, and it's time for more than just "watching" by law-enforcement. It's time for Bill to be brought to justice.
Together we can help Roanoke. First, we must keep cool heads. Second, we must reach out to all of the anti-racist groups in the area and form a coalition - NOW. Not tomorrow, but today. We witnessed, first hand, this week what untiy can do. We must support each other with our time, expertise, and money. We must educate the community and build our forces over the next few weeks - not months or years. We must display our outrage and intolerance of threats, intimidation, and terrorism against children and others targeted by Bill White.
The Roanoke NAACP has been battling and trying to combat the messages of hate that this man drools. They need our help. For those of you who want to assist us in these endeavors, please contact any and all of the following:
PO Box 12362
Roanoke, VA 24025
The only way to deal with Bill White is through a unified, community-wide action. The gloves just came off - and we are in it for the long haul.
"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." (Elie Wiesel)