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Old 04-04-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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No matter how how gloomy it's been outside, and how depressing this area is at times. It really makes you smile when over 500 people of every race, age, and religion come out in the cold, damp weather to support the Jewish community in the Wyoming Valley, as they removed the racist graffiti from the doors of the Ohav Zedek Synagogue in downtown Wilkes-Barre. With so much negativity in the news all the time. It's nice to see a nice feel good story like this, where the community unites against racism like this. Over five hundred! took time out of thier busy day to stand out in the cold to stand up against racism! I guess they don,t call us the valley with a heart for nothing.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Scranton
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I agree. It is nice to see support from the community. Hopefully this can be turned from something that gave the community a black eye into something positive.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I agree that it was indeed nice to see such a large turnout on the news. Unfortunately, the numbers of Nazi followers are apparently greater than even I thought initially imaginable. Not only are these two girls in trouble for the hateful words and Swastikas they adorned this synagogue with, but I was also harassed in high school by a neo-Nazi who told me he wished "Hitler would have finished the job he started." If that's three just in this relatively rural/suburban area in just the past few years, then I'm worried about how widespread this pandemic of hate-filled neo-Nazism truly is nationwide.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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What bothers me most is the these racist aren't even from Wilkes-Barre. This is the second time, recently, that this has happened. The first was about two months ago when a skinhead group from the Scranton area (I think it was Dunmore) came to South W-B and posted racial posters all over the neighborhood, now these two girls from Factoryville have come to W-B, and spraypainted this vile garbage on the synagogue. It makes W-B look racist even though in both cases the people that did it weren't even from W-B. GO DEFACE YOUR OWN TOWN! YOU"RE NOT WELCOME IN WILKES-BARRE!!! Thank you for letting me get that off my chest
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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three just in this relatively rural/suburban area in just the past few years
That's seriously your idea of a pandemic?

Listen, I'm not condoning or defending what she did. It's absolutely inexcusable. But you routinely blow things out of proportion, and this is just another example of that.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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What bothers me most is the these racist aren't even from Wilkes-Barre. This is the second time, recently, that this has happened. The first was about two months ago when a skinhead group from the Scranton area (I think it was Dunmore) came to South W-B and posted racial posters all over the neighborhood, now these two girls from Factoryville have come to W-B, and spraypainted this vile garbage on the synagogue. It makes W-B look racist even though in both cases the people that did it weren't even from W-B. GO DEFACE YOUR OWN TOWN! YOU"RE NOT WELCOME IN WILKES-BARRE!!! Thank you for letting me get that off my chest
Are you sure they were from Factoryville? The media said that the two responsible were students at Wyoming Valley West on the West Side. In any event though Wilkes-Barre and Scranton often serve as direct targets for these sorts of racially-charged incidents because they have more diverse populations than the rest of the area and also have more diverse religious and cultural offerings as a result (synagogues, mosques, religious schools, ethnic festivals, etc.)
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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This is the second time outsiders have come to W-B to try to spread thier racist propaganda. They make W-B look racist. GO DEFACE YOUR OWN TOWN! WILKES-BARRE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT! Thank you for letting me get that off my chest
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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I guess she's from Factoryville, but has been living with her grandmother in Plymouth. She probably has abandonment issues, and hates the world. It's sad to see such a young girl so full of hate. Hopefully she'll change her veiw of the world in time.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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That's seriously your idea of a pandemic?

Listen, I'm not condoning or defending what she did. It's absolutely inexcusable. But you routinely blow things out of proportion, and this is just another example of that.
Three neo-Nazis running amok in the Wilkes-Barre area is three too many in my opinion. With how racist, prejudiced, or homophobic this area has been towards me and several others that I know in recent years who are "different" for one reason or another, this most certainly just further paints the region with a "black eye." Let's not forget that whether we'd like to admit it or not the entire Hazleton debacle occurred right here in Luzerne County as well, and the comments I heard from dozens of people about "THEY should go back to where they came from" (meaning HISPANICS, not just "illegals), really made my blood boil. Several months ago an African-American woman in Plymouth had the heads of rabbits left on her front porch and a racist message left on a telephone pole in front of her home. Do I need to remind you of the wonderful comment I heard at work of "Heath Ledger must have died of AIDS because all gay people die of AIDS?" If you want to stick your head in the sand and pretend that this area isn't struggling with racism, homophobia, prejudice, etc., then be my guest. As for me, while I may wear rose-colored glasses for nearly everything else, no amount of cheerleading will get me to turn a blind eye to these VERY serious problems that are holding our area's renaissance back.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Scranton
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That's seriously your idea of a pandemic?

Listen, I'm not condoning or defending what she did. It's absolutely inexcusable. But you routinely blow things out of proportion, and this is just another example of that.
I agree. I don't think there's hordes of neo-nazis around. This was a few knuckleheads and that's about it.
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