WXBM – Marty and Linda catch some heat
August 15, 2006
Date: August 14, 2006 7:18:53 PM CDT
Subject: Breaking News from Prominant Pensacola DJ reference Pace High Student
I think this story might be of interest to you. I would like my last name kept out of the paper, for professional reasons, however I can not imagine Pensacola openly accepting at least one half of the WXBM morning show or the actual station for that matter if these are the views being expressed.
Apparently, homosexuality can be resolved by going to church alone, and single parents are the cause of the homosexual, transvestite community.
I promise it is well worth the read…
I have started with my original email to the station about Linda Lawerence’s comments which have been quoted in the first letter.
August 14, 2006
Dear Marty and Linda,
Good Morning to both of you, I hope this letter finds you well.
I just wanted to let you know, after listening to your show this morning in reference to the Pace High School student, you have lost a long-time listener.
I have listened to your show since the beginning. I have had differing opinions with the content or context sometimes, however nothing has ever infuriated me as much as the comments Linda made this morning between 7:30am and 7:50am.
Linda, your comment was that you think this “child should figure out what makes him want to wear women’s clothing, and then turn that over to God to help him get over it.” This is the exact attitude and viewpoint that will cause hate crimes to be committed against not only this young man, but countless others.
We live in an area of the country that still believes “witch-hunts” are acceptable for such subjects as spirituality or sexual orientation. By the tone of your comments, you essentially gave them permission to attack this young man and others that live the same lifestyle.
I consider myself to be a very spiritual, God-fearing young woman. However, at the same time, I believe in the age old adage, “To each his own.” We live in the Land of the Free, which means that young man has just as much right to wear women’s clothing as an obese man has to wear a Speedo swim suit on the beach. To express to thousands of listeners that there is something morally, ethically, or spiritually wrong with this young man and his train of thought, was irresponsible on your part.
Your radio show is based in the same community as this young man’s home. Hundreds of teenagers, which he has to see at school and many other places, listen to your show each day, as well as their parents. The negative comments made this morning about homosexuality or transvestites, are basically adding fuel to increasingly hot fires of this subject.
The original question posed by both the school board of Santa Rosa county and your show this morning had nothing to do with the man’s sexual orientation, and I believe you failed your listeners miserably by letting the conversation move to that subject.
I cannot claim to have the power to make hundreds of my friends or family members stop listening to your show; however, I can assure you that there will be one less listener from Cantonment.
—– Original Message —-
From: Marty White
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:28:23 AM
Subject: Re: Former Listener, as of Today
Hey Chrissy…thanks for the holler…lets dont go overboard here tho….you have point in the conversation getting a little off subject…and yes Linda sometimes goes overboard too….as do I…..however, its because of the cross dressing that the bathrooms have become an issue. I did say we do not condone violence and that the situation will be handled by the courts, attys and the school system….we did have alotta calls on the deal and most were on the same line of “i dont want a high school boy in my daughters bathroom”…and “why should we once aqgain roll over and let this sorta thing happen because one person feels the need to go against the rules others in the same school have to go by”.
I hate that you got upset but look at it this way, if you will….we cant make everybody who listens happy each and every day but when i hear from one who is unhappy with something we said, i try to see what is going on.
You have been listening a long time and i dont wanna see you go away over a disagreement.
I’m sure there are many things you and i would see eye to eye on….but i do appreciate your input and will keep it in my thought process the next time we discuss this deal….
i hope nothing happens to the boy other than maybe gettin his head turned around one day…..i find it hard to accept that you dont believe there is something wrong here…whether it be at home or in the way the boy was raised…but you have to admit….a high school boy wearing womens clothes is not the norm nor should it become accepted as such…..
people in santa rosa county are who they are and i dont believe we will change the way somebody thinks….that being said….this deal is most likely far from being over….
i guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one…and thats ok, too… so feel free to holler anytime….thanks..marty
As a 26 year old woman, born and raised in the bible belt while watching Jerry Springer, I see nothing wrong with this boy being allowed to dress however he wants. I believe that we all have a “Freak Flag” and should be allowed to wave it accordingly. Whether it is cross dressing, or getting plastered at Chan’s Saloon every weekend.Now, honestly, no I don’t believe that he should be handling his business in the girls restroom, because he is still a boy.
I also don’t believe that “God” is going to change his mind anytime soon. Homosexuality is as old as Moses, it’s an open part of society, and no one has a right to make this child feel like less of a person by making him think finding his religion will make him “wise up”.
And you’re right, I do agree with you 80% of the time, but this just happens to be a subject that tugs at my heart. That young man will never have a decent life in this town because of this event. And I am certain you and I both agree on “feeling loved” by your own hometown.
He will never be accepted here, or feel at home right here, in his own front yard.
Young boys look up to you. For a long time, you have been a role model for high school boys in both counties. Linda’s personality is what every young southern woman aspires to emmulate. And for these types of comments to be said and taken at the very height of this emotional rollercoaster, drops the smallest seed of intolerance into their impressionable young minds.
There is a lesson to be learned in this, I just hope it’s not diseased with hatred or cruelty towards human or civil rights.
—– Original Message —-
From: Marty White
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 11:22:07 AM
Subject: Re: Former Listener, as of Today
Chrissy…ok….there is a lesson to be learned here and this may not be the only one…but it is one…
to be different is just fine….but when you call attention to yourself and expect others to make concessions for you just because you are different then…you can expect problems
if you are looking for blame…where does the responsibility lie? all of us are different in our own way, but once you stand up and single yourself out and call attention to yourself as this boy did..he has to deal with the consequences….and agree or not, he will have to deal with the consequences …..
kids can be awfully direct and downright mean…no matter what linda nor i might say…
There is a lesson he will learn from this whole deal… sooner or later… and it may not be a nice thing for him to go thru..but it was his choice when he decided to dress so differently…then ask for special treatment…..
you may have learned watching Jerry Springer that this kinda thing is ok….
but you said yourself you grew up here…and you know that his peers are not gonna see it that way…
to each his own and all that….but he opened this can of worms and to function fully in this society as he gets a little older he will be faced with even more choices. how he handles those will determine just how far he goes in this life no matter how he dresses or the bathroom he chooses….
so there you go…once again we agree on some and disagree on some of the rest….tks…mw
Well, I believe we have run this conversation into the ground and has settled nothing because points are being misinterpreted.
First of all, No, I do not want any men or boys in the restroom with my daughter. Nor do I want to think that one day my daughter might grow up to wear men’s clothes and like it. But if she does, I will love her as much in tightie whities, as I would in granny panties.
But I believe my original point has been lost in the mix, so I will clarify.
It’s ok to not agree with homosexuality, that’s your right.
But it is never ok to strip someone of their self worth by making them think there is something wrong with them because of their sexual preference.
A few years ago, there was a young man named Matthew Shepard, he lost his life over intolerance. He was tied to a fence post in Wyoming and brutally beaten because young men and women believed there was something wrong with him for being homosexual.
You and Linda have a responsibility to the gay, straight, or otherwise indifferent listeners of WXBM, your responsibility is to spread words of tolerance and encouragement in our community. Maybe we should go back to the days of old, where, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
You say kids will be kids…honestly, I consider that to be a huge cop out. It takes a village to raise a child. This village is where your comments were broadcast.
If more people spoke of tolerance, America’s children would be less likely to grow up thinking violence would solve things. They might also grow up understanding that society changes, the world changes. People are going to be homosexual from now until eternity, it’s time we quit sticking our heads in the sand and thinking we can make it go away. There is no religion on earth that can “Fix” someone’s sexuality. No matter how hard they try.
—– Original Message —-
From: marty white
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 12:34:29 PM
Subject: Re: The great debate
Hey Chrissy…i’m pretty much done too…
however….just to clarify….i think we do a lot of encouraging in the community but i dont think its our responsibility…its just the way we are…
by the same token, i do not believe its my responsibility to preach tolerance when i believe something is wrong. we have tolerated ourselves to death in this country and in the world too…everybody still fights and those in the minority always manage to advance their agenda ahead of others who either wont take the time or dont have the wherewithall to stand up and say they believe something is wrong and why….i will continue to do that…
i dont believe it takes a village to raise a child…it takes a mother and a father….a heterosexual, preferably married mother and father to raise a child… it wouldnt surprise me to know that this boy is being raised without both his mom and dad…be that as it may….
the village can raise its voice when the village doesnt agree with what is being forced on them….i’m out in the village a lot.
I have always tried to convey what i feel to be the feeling of the community…and listen to what people say on various issues….but i speak my piece as well as does linda….most have liked it enough to hang around, others havent….some leave and come back….
to finish….i still dont want you going somewhere else because you and i dont see eye to eye on this deal….if you werent valued as someone who listens and gives back input, and if i simply didnt care, i wouldnt have spent the time we have spent today discussing the subject…you brought up some good points yourself and i will take them into consideration the next time we talk about the deal on the air….i hope i’ll talk to you in the mornin…have a good one and appreciate the exchange of ideas….marty