On February 26, 2004, in his capacity of Director of the Diversity and Dialogue Office in Scottsdale, Arizona, Don Logan who is African American, was the target of a mail bomb attack. He had wanted to believe that whoever mailed him the package bomb did so for a reason other than his skin color. But Don Logan couldn't believe that anymore, not after what he was told by investigators.
When Logan opened the cardboard box, the 1-inch-by-5-inch pipe bomb exploded in his hands, badly injuring him. He has since recovered. Two other city employees also were injured. The investigators told Logan that if he hadn't held the parcel at the irregular angle, the 2-inch-wide hole that was bored into his receptionist's counter would have been in his chest. They also told him that he was a novelty; they had never spoken with someone who opened a mail bomb and survived.
It was discovered later that the motive behind the attack was hatred, resulting in the arrest of two twin brothers, Daniel and Dennis Mahon, believed to be white supremacists. The perpetrators’ trial began January 12, 2012 and lasted six weeks.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that the Mahon brothers bombed Logan on behalf of a group called the White Aryan Resistance, which they say encourages members to act as "lone wolves" and commit violence against non-whites and the government.
Two days before the eighth anniversary of the bomb attack a federal (predominantly-white) jury convicted one of the brothers of masterminding the explosion, but not of a hate crime. On Friday, February 24, 2012 the jury found Dennis Mahon guilty of conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosives; malicious damage of a building by means of explosives; and distribution of information related to explosives.
Dennis' brother, Daniel, was found not guilty of a single count: conspiracy to damage buildings and property. Dennis Mahon will be sentenced May 22, 2012 in U.S. District Court. He faces at least 40 years in prison.
Logan, who attended the court proceedings almost daily, looked down when the clerk read the jury's decision that he wasn't targeted because of his race.
Although this incident is a reminder that there is still much hatred in our country, Don Logan refuses to be intimidated by the cowardly act. He continues to be an advocate for diversity by encouraging the creation of an environment of respect and inclusiveness.