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The Non-Crazy Responses to “White America Has Lost Its Mind”

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After twice publishing examples of the nutcases and bigots who responded to last week’s cover story, “White America Has Lost Its Mind,” we thought we’d share some of the other kind, the people who read, understood, and were moved.

In fact, the majority of about 1,000 e-mails sent to writer Steven Thrasher were kind, enthusiastic, and even touching. Even the majority of critical e-mails were civil (and rarely called for race war).

So here’s a peek into some of the love we received. Thanks, readers!

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Roger Ebert (via twitter), film critic
Just got around to reading “White America Has Lost its Mind” Pulls it all
together and makes sense.

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I am an elderly white woman who oh so shares your views. And I sure hope to hell I die before the whole damn thing comes crashing down on us!

P.S. If only words could penetrate the “brain-dead.

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Thank you. You’ve put to paper a lot of what I’ve been personally thinking as I look at how we have evolved in this country. Excellent intellectual job you’ve done here with seriousness and humor. I really break into a private laugh every time I hear the “rat-fucker” phrase that you used echo in my mind. I look to see you and the essence of this article on morning and evening national news networks. Regards (from another graying boomer that happens to be black),

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You are a fucking genius…that is all.

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Dear Mr. Thrasher Just got finished reading your article in the Voice — I took an extra ten minutes from lunch (and at the risk of getting written up) because I could not put it down. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I pray that White America find their minds or else we will all be lost.

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You made me piss my pants I laughed so hard. ow long has it been since people needed to read this. My Wife is half Puerto Rican/Filipino. I’m white (Irish/English) and atheist. I tell her all the time I can’t live in a neighborhood with all white people. It always gets too conservative. I don’t get the whole thing with President Obama and being Muslim. I was in a major car accident today and went to the hospital. Do you think I give a shit if the doctor is Muslim? Or a woman or gay or Mormon? Just please make my neck feel better.

Thanks for making me smile so hard.

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I am posting your article on my facebook page — it was so funny and true — and I am a white person!!

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Steven…I cannot tell you how many times I almost burst out loud in laughter on the subway reading your feature. I definitely made sure everyone could see what I was reading though!! So very sad, but real truth in every word.

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Your piece “White America has lost its mind” was brilliant and terrifyingly true. Having a black president has certainly awakened dormant racist attitudes in this country. Thanks for telling the truth with wit and humor.

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As a white American who is appalled and horrified by these demented fools, I thank you. You totally nailed it.

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I’m sure you’ve caught crazy shade since publishing your article, “White America Has Lost Its Mind.” I just wanted to drop a note to say THANK YOU for having the courage and decency to sync, in one place, so many of the wild examples of the white-hot hostility that is fermenting in our country. In a land where the exalting of bullshit artistry has reached unprecedented levels — I mean, Sarah Palin? Really? Anyone with a dusting of dignity
would have shrunk under the nearest rock after those Couric interviews — your willingness to pen what so many of us are seeing and feeling on the regular was quite rejuvenating!

Just had to take a moment to say that your piece on 9/29 was brilliant. You so perfectly expressed the thoughts that have been smoldering in my head for the past year or so. I am a 39 year old white guy and I am outraged by what I see around me. I have to pinch myself everyday to make sure that I am not imagining the things that people are saying and more dangerously, believing. Can you please do a follow up aimed at Glenn Beck. He is being worshipped and followed in a very scary kind of way. He is certainly a story in and of himself. Once again great job! I have never been moved like this before nor have I ever written to a journalist before. You had that much of an impact.

Thanks.

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Awesome article!!! Thank you for so brilliantly connecting all the dots for us! That was a helluva task, given how scatter brained the subjects and pieces of mice and men you pony-upped to address are. The thing that’s equally disturbing that I’m also wondering about is why black folk aren’t speaking up and taking action. Other than a few voices, like yours — why the silence? Where’s the energy? Where’s the movement other than on the dance floor? The concern. The support. Could your next follow-up on the flip side to white folks going crazy be: Have black folks gone deaf, dumb and blind? Hmmmm?

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Great analysis and reporting of the facts. I have sent it out to all my contacts. There are anti-racist white folks organizing out there — trying to organize other whites. Hardest work I have ever done. We do have some heroes like John Brown, Tim Wise, the Burrs of Montgomery, the folks at the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and others not so well known. I love the responses on the VV blog.

I commend you. You are either a fly black man or a fly white man, Either way, I love what and how you expressed the horror and tragedy of the past two years.

From a white 60 year old anti-racist woman in New Jersey.

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Speaking as a white southern gentleman whom I believe has not lost his mind. All I can say is “Preach Brother. Preach”

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Thank you for saying what has needed to be said. I’m a white boomer who HAS NOT lost his mind. Wish I could write as well as you, but, hell, you do what you do and I do what I do! Thanks again. It was GREAT.

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I get your humor, I get your snark and I get that you are spot on earnest about what you’re saying. I’ve been slowly, quietly and completely losing my mind reading Salon.com, switched to the Village Voice today for the first time and found your piece. What a relief, what comfort and — wow — what a nicely written article. Funny as hell too.

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One of the best pieces I’ve read at the Voice since Roy Edroso moseyed off to Texas.

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So, thank you very much for your courage in writing such a blunt and often funny-to the point-article. And kudos to the voice for publishing it.

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As a real Alaskan U.S. American, a real brown-blood Indigenous Eskimo still reeling from Valley Trash Sarah Palin being seated on the Oil & Gas Regulatory Commission under Governor Frank Murkowski, and then going on to become our Governor. . .I truly appreciate it when someone from the “LSM” articulates for us normal thinking people — WTF is going on with these Tea Baggers? WTF is Sarah Palin doing on the national scene?

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Red Bull for the soul — it just energized my whole week!

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Interesting article. I tend to agree with you on your points. One thing that I wanted to point out is that there is a small percentage of educated American blacks with Masters degrees, who are sitting back, taking note and watching all of this and who have sifted through all the white, fear, bullshit propaganda years ago. This small group of Americans will never, I
repeat NEVER vote Republican or Tea Party for that matter. They also realize that if white America can demoralize a man like Barack Obama, then any and all can be demoralized. But remember, what goes around, comes around. Karma still rules the day!

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No matter how anyone attacks you, Steven, stand with your feet firmly rooted in the truth. Do it for those of us who know your words are righteous, but lack the national platform to rebuke the resurging of America’s racial sickness. As a conscientious, young black woman, your observations were near gospel to me.

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I would like to thank you for the article on White America. I don’t read the Voice that much. I live in South Carolina. I have been watching the public reaction to different things involving this administration. I long reached the conclusion that something else was brewing in unfavorable public opinion besides dissatisfaction to the admin. response to the economy and jobs.

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Congratulations on an informative and illuminating article which brings much needed clarity on a number of hyped up ‘scandals.’ I am grateful there are still some intelligent people left in America.

The idiotic comments posted by many “demented white folks” are just more proof of your analysis.

By the way, this fan of yours happens to be half-white and half-Asian Indian.

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As a young white American college student, I recognize the difficulty of my grandparents to adapt to ideas outside their own. I want to personally thank you for the article you wrote for the Voice, and how older white Americans are frankly going nuts. It has been my experience that my generation is quite a bit more tolerant, but having a white plurality is going to be a huge moment in this country’s history. When whites drop below 50% of the
population, a lot of people are going to have to come to terms. Thank you for your insight.

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I cannot thank you enough for this article. Thank you for seeing the truth, and being brave enough to express it boldly aloud. This reminds me of articles I used to read in the ’70’s and ’80’s, when journalism held unadulterated truth as the standard, and free speech emphasized freedom to speak the truth; not the bizarre opinions that we hear passed off as truth by media, politicians, and journalists today.

I would like to say more, but after this great exhale, I just want to lay back and enjoy this inner liberation I feel. I am not kidding.

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I’ve sent your article to over 900 people! It NAILED it man. Funny, true, and evocative. Keep going.

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OMFG…thank you ­ I get your humor, I get your snark and I get that you are spot on earnest about what you’re saying. I’ve been slowly, quietly and completely losing my mind reading Salon.com, switched to the Village Voice today for the first time and found your piece. What a relief, what comfort and — wow — what a nicely written article. Funny as hell too. — Thanks again

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Love your most recent article on white America! You sir, have just been bookmarked !!!!

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I no longer have to be called crazy for facebooking the bottom line to the horror show that is America today. I am a Black 62 year old woman in 62 years I have never seen such public ‘evil’. Thanks to you and the editor that approved this story. No newspaper in the country can ever touch the integrity of the Village Voice.

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I loved your article and it is with great pride that I report I am a 48 year old white man that looks forward to voting for Pres. Obama again in 2012. But you are right, most of us our crazy.

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Your piece on white America losing its mind was brilliant, and thank you for it. I’m a white Canadian, who, with my white Canadian-American family, moved to [the US] a year ago. While we have enjoyed our life in the USA so far, we have been astonished by the reaction to Mr. Obama — as you so eloquently and wittily chronicle — by the blowhard bigots who dominate the conservative media in this country. “Insane” is a word my wife and I have often used to describe this media (mainly because our six year-old daughter
refuses to allow us to say “!@#$ing stupid as a bag of hammers”).

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Your article was so well written I read until the last word. I don’t usually read everything to the end, as a former journalist I still cling to the first paragraph and the 5 w’s. Yours was written in a style that hooked me…hip, funny, very intelligent.

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You have accurately put into words the general malaise of madness affecting a significant portion of the white populist’s mindset & the zeitgeist of the moment. Simply, Chuck D said it best, “Fear of a Black Planet.” I think the illustration for this feature should be made into a national campaign for the Ad Council of America!

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I have never written a writer about an article I’m read in my life, but I had to write to you and applaud you for your thought-provoking and awesomely comedic article, “White America Has Lost Its Mind.” I was not only in stitches laughing at the absurdity of the people you talk about in your article, but at one point I wished that I could make every gray boomer read it and learn form it.

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Dear Mr. Thrasher,

I can’t imagine the hate mail you must be getting right now because of this piece…but so did abolitionists during the Civil War, no?

I’m holding onto this article, because I think when I’m an old man someday, I’ll be able to pull it out and marvel at just how prescient it really was.

And it gave me hope in a way that not much political commentary does these days…

So I just wanted to say: thank you. Thank you for adopting that rare long view of history coupled with a razor-sharp precision about what’s actually going on right now.

And if anything can give you solace as you wade through the death threats and the other horrible things coming out of the (white)est reaches of the political unconscious of this
country right now and heading your way, try to keep in mind: there are at least a few white people out here who aren’t ‘bat shit crazy.’ 😉

(But just a few, mind you 😉

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I find your article entitled “White America Has Lost Its Mind” sickening…because it is all too accurate. The one redeeming fact for me is that, even though some of these crazies will be elected, they are for the most part a minority of the Republican Party, a minority party, and not fair representatives of white Democrats or white America. As a graying white person whose mind does not have the particular mental illness you describe,

I find your hyperbole offensive, but not nearly as offensive as what you describe, and I hope it wakens more Democrats and even some Republicans to the seriousness of the epidemic.

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I think the problem with your article is that you hit the nail squarely on the head and as a dear friend of mine used to say, “They shall know the truth, and the truth shall piss them off!”

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