Sunday, October 25, 2009

I survived Oi Fest 2009 . . . .Tonopah, Arizona

I attended the infamous Oi Fest 2009, in Tonopah, AZ this weekend. Given an extremist event label from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and write up in The Phoenix New Times, there were no protesters or demonstrators waiting for us along the way. Not one! There weren’t any last year either.

There were no problems or incidents during the many hours the event lasted. A rather intoxicated woman, had some trouble keeping her hands off me, but that really wasn’t much of a problem.

For the second year in a row, I got to witness first hand a “routine traffic stop” initiated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office within two miles of the concert. As before, I was a passenger. Despite being white and having just left an “all-white” event, I don’t think I was racially profiled. The Mexican population likes to pull the “race card” when they get caught, especially by the MCSO.

After all, it was really dark out there in the middle of nowhere. There was also some sort of Mexican party close by. The MCSO deputy had a 50/50 chance of pulling over a Caucasian.

What the Phoenix New Times had to say. . .

Note: Anytime White People get together for any reason, whether it be a concert, public gathering, church or auto racing, the label of “racist” or “Nazi” is most frequently applied to these events by the liberal media.

Those that preach and embrace tolerance and diversity more often than not, seriously object when White People assemble as a group. In many cases, they show extreme hatred and violence. Are they afraid of something? I think of these people as hypocrites.

Neo-Nazi Oi Fest II Scheduled for October 24 in Tonopah, Arizona

What could it be that draws neo-Nazis to western Maricopa County town of Tonopah? Desert vistas pregnant with ennui? The occasional corpse dumped next to the Interstate? Exhaust from the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant?

Whatever it is, Tonopah will once more be the place for the booted and braced come October 24 when it plays host to the home-grown racist music happening Oi Fest II, dedicated to "Oi" music, a subgenre of punk that was kidnapped by white nationalists sometime in the early '80s. (So don't get it mixed up with the Yiddish expression, "Oy, gevalt," though it's tempting to apply such irony to the racist skinheads involved.)

After reading the many comments to this article, I was amazed at how somebody that never attended this sort of event could know so much about what happens. Some imaginations can run wild if the media plants the right ideas. Pay particular attention to the comments whose authors made extensive use of profanity to express their opinions. Does that make them sound intelligent or cool?

A couple of hours after arriving, I was asked to participate in a live broadcast on Radio White. I did my short speech and returned to the concert. I was there for the music. The $20.00 admission and FREE parking to see several bands play for hours is a bargain. Years ago, I didn't like paying $5.00 to park. I could only imagine what parking and a concert ticket costs today.

I took quite a few photographs of this event but will not be posting them online in order to protect participants from harassment from the media or problems with their employers. Despite our Constitution, we do not have the freedom of certain political beliefs, especially under “at will” employment or in “right to work” states. I will also be applying for copyright protection for all of these images.
Yellow Journalism, alive and well in Phoenix . . .

“Yellow Journalism” is a type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists.
"Three men can keep a secret, if two of them are dead!" --Ben Franklin

1 comment:

  1. For the record, I did make a brief appearance in the mosh pit. I still don't have healthcare coverage and some of those guys were really big.