In your July 6 issue, the Boston Phoenix made a front-page attack ("Shit Boston Cops Say") against my union's newspaper, Pax Centurion (the publication of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association), accusing us of baseless, false, and scurrilous charges of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Then, in your very next issue (July 13), the Phoenix ran a front-page article about "Enemies of Free Speech" (The Muzzle Awards). Please award yourself with the number-one Muzzle Award: you are the penultimate hypocrites.
Reporter Chris Faraone, along with his consorts in the Occupy Boston movement, have attempted to destroy a conservative publication authored by police officers by attacking our contributors and advertisers. These cyber-terrorists from what remains of the Occupy movement have even attacked my family and attempted to hack into my bank account. Some advertisers have been intimidated into pulling their support by these online thugs and assorted losers without lives. These advertisers will soon have to decide who is more important to have as their allies: police officers with families who spend hundreds of dollars a week at their stores, or a few cyber-bullies out there who purchase an occasional can of cat food, tofu, or brown rice with their EBT card. We will send our membership to those who support police officers in both word and deed, and encourage our members to avoid those who do not. (Goodbye Stop & Shop — hello Hanniford's, Shaw's, and Roche Brothers!)
There is, and was, of course, nothing — repeat, nothing — "racist, sexist, or homophobic" in the pages of the Pax Centurion, this issue or any other. There were strong conservative opinions, there was "cop humor," and there was pointed criticism of some of our political opponents, but there was nothing racist, sexist, or homophobic. "Racist," "sexist," and "homophobic" are the modern-day terms used by the radical left as a cudgel to cow anyone with a different opinion into submission. In Salem, in 1692, people with grudges against their neighbors cried "witch," and the whole town joined in the insanity. The same is true today of those who wave the fickle finger of "racism." Unfortunately, many cower in fear under their desks when left-wing activists use these terms, refusing to speak up and allowing the true "enemies of free speech" (the radical left, the Phoenix, the Occupy movement, etc.) to win.
Our critics have included the usual mouthpieces from the victim-nation: "poor-me" advocate groups who need the crutch of racism to perpetuate themselves and others, such as "neighborhood organizer" Jamarhl Crawford. Boston Phoenix, you might want to do a little fact-checking before you quote "community organizer" Jamarhl Crawford. He is, in fact, the leader of the local chapter of the New Black Panther Party. If you want to find examples of racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, go check out their Web site. But then again, birds of a feather flock together. (Oh, shit! Was that an anti-bird statement?)
Or better yet, Boston Phoenix, take a look in the mirror at your own publication: ads for the sexual services of "Latina girls," "Asian massages," and "Kristy Kreme: Black/Italian visiting"? And who are the "sexists/racists" again? Give yourself your own Muzzle Award, along with a trophy for high hypocrisy.
JAMES W. CARNELL
EDITOR, PAX CENTURION