reply to post by hinky
Randy himself states that he and Vicki practiced Christian Identity. His interactions with the Aryan Nations were simply social. He consistently says
he was only ever there at the compound for companionship and some drinks.
There have been repeated attempts to paint the Weavers as some sort of bigoted hate-mongering family. Even in the Wiki entry. But the only evidence of
this would be Randy's visiting the A.N. compound occasionally.
Where he was in Northern Idaho he really didn't have many options for some low/no cost entertainment. If the compound were full of Black Panthers and
Randy went down there for a drink or two once in a while would people try to spin the Weavers to be "Black Supremacists"?
If baseball is the only game in town does that mean you hate football? No.
When dealing with what motivates people like the Weavers and how people interpret their actions there is a very cloudy mish-mash of half-truths and
very little fact.
They ran off to seclusion so by default anybody not used to a rural life will think they are crazy. This includes both coasts and all metropolitan
populations which because they are the hubs of all media become the opinion of the nation. Why would nayone wish to be left alone? They must be
Already the cards are against them.
I've heard Randy trace his distrust of the government back to when he was a Special Forces soldier. Presumably he saw, heard or possibly did things
that reinforced his beliefs. Most behaviors are learned behaviors.
Openly distrusting our keepers is another strike against you in the eyes of metropolitan America.
So for any 9-5er in front of their TV with their city trash pickup every Monday already thinks the Weavers are crazy and perhaps abusive to their
children for home-schooling and the subject of race hasn't been brought up yet.
These people in front of their TV's were thinking if the family were black they obviously need help and if the family were to be white they were
Then we get the footage and it's confirmed for the vast majority of America. The Weavers are white and in a rural area therefore they are rednecks
and waiting for some race war. From that moment on televisions every may as well have been shut off because Sam and Vicki didn't matter anymore. They
weren't people they were racists. Keep repeating the connection to Aryan Nations and you dehumanize them even more in the eyes of metropolitan
America a.k.a. the America that matters.
I don't know what's in Randy's heart so I can't say with absolute certainty whether he is a bigot or not. I only know what this copy of "Every
Knee shall Bow" on my desk says, what the transcripts from many newscasts of the time say, what the interviews in a half dozen "documentaries" say
and what he has said all along and most recently what he has said up standing with the Browns in New Hampshire was.
In short, whether he is or is not a bigot is inconsequential to the events that took place. We can call him the Grand Wizard or the Black Panther
Party Chairman or president of a local Bridge club and it would make no difference.