Hate Crime Survivor Writes About Ariz. Mail Bomb - SFGate
“Targeted Delivery” is as much about Logan’s 30 years as a black city employee in Scottsdale as it is about the explosion of the pipe bomb, the aftermath, the investigation and the conviction of one of the two men — twin brothers — who were charged with the crime.
In his book, Logan tackles racism, referring to the 1987 executive order by then-Gov. Evan Mecham that rescinded Martin Luther King Day as a holiday, and SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial illegal-immigration law.
He writes candidly about specific disputes, examples of unprofessionalism and political struggles along with successes, awards and an exceptional increase in Scottsdale city employees of color from five to 100 employees by the time he left in 2007.
“I can’t complain about how Scottsdale treated me,” Logan said. “Not once was I ever angry with the city of Scottsdale.”
On Feb. 26, 2004, Logan was the subject of national news — a victim of a suspected hate crime.
A white supremacist’s anger at Logan seemed to stem from a phone call complaining about Scottsdale’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration, according to Logan.
Logan opened the mail bomb that was sent about four months after the call.
Logan has refused to let what he describes as a hate crime cloud his optimism or change his “glass-half-full” view of life and said won’t be intimidated by the cowardly act.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it,” Logan told The Arizona Republic