I am writing in response to the article about Allen Goff appearing in the Nov. 4 paper, "White supremacist arrested again." I am frightened by this young person. That's not because I think he will, against the odds, target me and my daughter for being Apsaalooke, (although that fear, however irrational, lurks in the back of my mind). Rather, he frightens me because he is a brazen, confident leader of a group of people who share the conviction that they are superior to people of color and are responsible for asserting that belief in my town.
This person and those who follow his leadership are recruiting in Billings, the community in which I've chosen to raise my daughter. I wonder how many young people out there in the community are dazzled by his daring. I must believe that at least a few are confusing his dangerous, attention-seeking behaviors for conviction.
It is a mistake to write him off as a singular, maladjusted individual because we cannot assume that he is unsupported or acting without an agenda, particularly as he is an acknowledged leader of an organized hate group. But mostly, I am afraid that Billings will not take him seriously and, through inaction, will support his cause.