Question of sensitivity

Greetings. I just read Cole Haddon's film review for 300 `March 8, Film & DVD` and I found the last sentence to be quite disturbing: "… it's hard not to leave the theater wanting to become a Spartan and cut off a few Persian heads of your own."

I understand that I may be told that I'm taking these words too literally, but at the same time, I do believe it's important to consider the current struggles minority groups are enduring in the West, particularly those of Muslim and Middle Eastern descent. I personally find the film's material to be offensive and arguably racist, but when viewers read reviews such as this one, they'll be even more convinced that the film IS filled with anti-Middle Eastern sentiments. Is that what your review is suggesting? If the film really makes someone want to cut a Persian's head off, then we're most likely going to see a rise in hate crimes toward Middle Eastern/Muslim Americans. (Hate crimes toward Muslims increase annually anyway.)

What about Middle Eastern and Muslims living amongst us? What are their experiences? If you saw one right after you saw the film, what would you say or do to him/her? I don't only express my concerns as a South Asian Muslim, but more importantly as a human being. Thank you.

Jehan Zeb, Orlando

Loving it, living it

I just wanted to drop you a line of thanks for the mention of my letter that I "shot off" to "All of Orlando" `March 8, Culture to Go`. I appreciate the tact and usual professionalism in the way the Weekly (my cultural bible) brings local issues forward. I sparked off a lot of interest. (There is no lack of passion in this one-horse town, really.)

I love Orlando, I love the growth and I love the way that the letter came so naturally to me. I guess my points were understood, and I thank you for pushing that wave of thought further ... connecting all the groups — from the little guys in local bands, to the movers and shakers — that are steering the "big projects" in town. There is room for us all, and I will continue to build this attitude.

You know that I have no problem in "telling" what I feel. Taking a risk is not even in my mind. I just "do" what is in my heart. There is no comparison of papers in town when it comes to that same agenda than the Orlando Weekly. YAY! O.W.!!!

Frankie, Apartment E, Orlando

Another OCPS victim?

I am a Bellsouth employee of 9 years. I am still on unpaid leave after a month, and have used all of my vacation pay. I now have no income `"Unintended consequences," Feb. 22`. I was arrested 24 years ago and charged with possession of drugs from an empty meth baggie that was in my passenger's jacket in my vehicle. I have not been in trouble since. I am a homeowner (at least for now) and have perfect credit. I was forced to sign a paper stating I could not work anywhere else or start a business. Bellsouth (the new AT&T?) has done nothing to help protect its employees from this, which I feel is a complete and cowardly disgrace!

Anonymous, via the Internet

Finding yourself

`This` was my first `Rainbow` gathering. It was like coming home for the first time `"Welcome home!" March 1`. I have dreamt of this sort of society for years now, and to see it in reality was incredible. I had no idea such a place existed, and love it or hate it, I recommend all peaceful beings experience it at least once. If non-peaceful beings can contain themselves, I recommend it to them as well.

Anonymous, via the Internet


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