However, the most important point is that those people who killed 13 human beings in cold blood deserve far less sympathy than they are being given. This is for several reasons:
1 - their motivations were concerned not just with ostracism, but with racism. Both the TCM's words and deeds expressed hatred for blacks, hispanics and jews. Anyone wishing to express sympathy for them must first consider that they intentionally acted on the birthday of Adolf Hitler.
2 - they had a significant group of friends. The TCM supposedly ontained up to 30 members. This is more freinds than anyone whould have is they were truly ostracized. These students even went to the prom, identifying themselves with the values that
3 - they intended to kill people far beyond their high school. They even planned to crash an airplane into New York City. Anyone who would contemplate the slaughter of innocent civilians does not deserve our sympathy.
Finally, while the stories posted on
I am certain that no one who has posted here intended to show sympathy for the opinons that these two men held. However, before expressing our sympathy, we must realize what these men stood for, and what identifying with them means for both ourselves and others. While I would never condone the punishment of students for wearing a trenchcoat of for expressing sympathy, students should realize that the rest of society quite rightly considers these actions to be in very poor taste.
I appreciate any commments, or even flames.