Joseph Krueger, I have some good news for you.
Sure, a judge increased your bail $1 million after you and your friend allegedly attacked a black man in Pioneer Park while yelling white supremacist statements. And maybe everybody is planning public gatherings and vigils to denounce you. And then there's that pesky (albeit unverified) rumor about a man showing up to your court with sleeves rolled up to show his white power tattoo.
But here's the good news: Your mother believes you.
The editor chose to bury my favorite quote from her interview with the Ceres Courier -- "Actually all their friends are mainly hispanic and lots of blacks." It reminds me of a guy I lived with in college. We affectionately called him "Angry White Ben." Born in New Hampshire, the Ceres of New England, he used to angrily defend himself against charges of racism by arguing that he knew several Jewish kids growing up.
At one point, he told me that the reason the Native American tribes were wiped out was because of their failure to "see the writing on the wall."
"They were up against a superior force," he said.
This, of course, presented me with a rare opportunity to win an argument by beating someone up. In short, he didn't see the writing on the wall.