They Have to Be Carefully Taught

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A ten-year-old boy shot his father to death two weeks ago. The father was a politically active neo-Nazi, who was carefully grooming his children to be Nazis. The New York Times spoke with the boy the day before the shooting, and noted that he showed off a Nazi insignia belt his father had gotten him.

There aren’t a lot of details on the case yet. The Times reports:

The boy is expected to appear in court later this month; he has been charged as a juvenile with murder, and his public defender said he might plead insanity. The boy and a younger sister had been the subject of a bitter custody battle with Mr. Hall’s first wife, with a series of allegations of abuse on each side. But Mr. Hall had eventually been granted legal custody.

On Saturday, a group of Mr. Hall’s followers gathered in Southern California to mourn their leader. One, an N.S.M. official who asked not to be identified because of the attention Mr. Hall’s death had brought to the group, said that the rallies would continue, and that Mr. Hall’s ashes would be spread on the border during a patrol. The boy was not mentioned.

“Today was all about Jeff, how he would want us to carry on,” the official said. “Nobody was looking for answers.”

I won’t revel in this man’s murder. He seems like a truly wicked person, but also a truly pathetic one. All I can really think of is that song from South Pacific about how hatred has to be carefully taught:

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

Posted on May 11, 2011

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6 thoughts on “They Have to Be Carefully Taught

  1. Brura

    It is too bad that the boy is being punished as an adult. Imagine the hate and for no reason that he was being taught against people that he did not even know. Not all children of nazis, aryans, skinheads and klan become what their parents teach them. Everyone has a different soul and sometimes the child of a bigot DOES have a conscience. I have no idea if this child does have a conscience but I hope he does. In prison the aryans may try to really harm him if it comes out that he killed his father because he was a neo-nazi. All of it is really saddening. That humanity can exist with so much hatred is beyond me, but it does. The good thing is that there are good people to offset that hatred.

  2. Mosheh

    I think it’s a wonderful story…
    “Deh lawd duz work een messteeree-us wayz.” [From some black and white movie from way back when.]

  3. Tova Wald

    Truly this is a sad family tragedy. The father never expected his own son, a young boy, would shoot him. Natzism being taught to children in the United States? This Rogers and Hammerstein song is directed to children against outsiders who are “diffent.” But more so, at the same time it’s a warning to the parents, to raise their conscience level. The second stanza of the song goes: You’ve got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made/ And people whose skin is a different shade / You’ve got to be carefully taught.

  4. Spring Showers

    It is quite unfortunate, and very troubling, that there is no peace in this world, and never will be. It seems that it is human nature to want to destroy in the name of ignorance. The planet we inhabit is festering with hatred of one kind or another. Humanity has reached its brinkmanship, and it is disastrous to the entire living world. We do, indeed, have virulent demons amongst us. Why?, you might ask. The response is for numerous reasons caused by society itself since the beginning of homo sapiens. If you cherish your life, and living, the only escape from this reality, is to live (if you can afford to physically and monetarily) in an isolated or semi-isolated area of the world. If you protest, and claim all of this can be changed through legislation and the voting booth – then you are sadly mistaken. You will not survive long enough to see this eventuality, which is only a pipe dream. Be cautious, if you will, that “polititians” are no more interested in improving conditions on your behalf, than they are in flushing your toilet every day. As ordinary, truly helpless, humans – we somehow manage to get on with our lives despite all the adversity. If you are one who has faith, then perhaps this is your only salvation. #

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