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As authorities continue to dig into the life of Dylann Storm Roof, the accused gunman in the Charleston church massacre, the FBI recently paid a visit to Don Black, the former Klan leader and founder of the largest white supremacist web forum in the world, Stormfront.
The agents, according to The New York Times, were seeking information about Roof’s possible online associates.
“This could obviously become overly broad and become a First Amendment issue,” Black told the Times, declining, however, to say if he had been served with a subpoena.
The FBI visited Black at his home in West Palm Beach, Fl., where he runs his racist chat site and an Internet radio show. The visit apparently left the 61-year-old Black badly rattled, so rattled that on July 4 he issued an online appeal for donations to what he is calling the Stormfront Legal Defense Fund.
“We are under siege!,” the appeal began.
“Stormfront’s existence is threatened now more than ever in its history,” Black wrote, adding, “This isn’t some fundraising hyperbole on my part.”
Black said that for now he has lawyers working pro bono on his behalf but he needs money for other expenses associated with litigation and “we may need to pay other attorneys as well.”
“I can’t discuss any details for the usual lawyerly reasons, but the assault has begun,” he wrote in the appeal. “I don’t know how far it will go or where it will end.”
Before he walked into the historic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston on June 17 and allegedly gunned down nine black parishioners, Roof apparently authored a vicious, anti-black white nationalist rant and posted it on his personal website.
In the more than 2,000-word manifesto, Roof, 21, cited the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which has called blacks “a retrograde species of humanity, as his gateway into the racist underworld. For decades, the group has had the ear of a number of prominent politicians, both state and federal, many of whom were members.
It is unclear whether the authorities have made similar visits to Black’s fellow racist Internet site proprietors. If they have not yet, they must surely be on their way.
The headline on the Times story is “White Supremacists Extend Their Reach Through Websites.” One of the sites mentioned in the story is The Daily Stormer, founded by neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin. Anglin dismissed the Times report in a blog post today on his site: “Jew York Times Promotes ‘White Supremacist’ Hoax In Offensive New Article.”
“It is just more of the goofy crap we have come to expect from these Jews,” Anglin said.
In his Independence Day plea for money, Black wrote, “Remember this isn’t just about Stormfront. We’re just the highest profile target.”
He said that under the “guise of protecting Americans from ‘hate speech,’ which ‘might lead to violence,’ the anti-White System is going for broke.”
A commenter on the site, “PureWhiteRagePWR,” urged Stormfront supporters to do whatever they could to donate to the legal defense fund, including sending in spare change.
“One less six pack, one less movie rental,” PureWhiteRage wrote. “Put that dollar you get as change in an envelope and send whatever it adds up to at the end of the month.”
He ended his post with RAHOWA – racial holy war.
CoonTown, a vile subsection on the popular online forum Reddit dedicated to “race realism” and “the foundation of a proper society that lacks the negro plague,” is alive and growing in the wake of a new harassment policy.
On May 8, six days before Reddit announced its new policy to show a commitment to valuing “humanity,” CoonTown celebrated 9,000 subscribers. That number has nearly doubled since.
To put that in context, CoonTown had barely passed 3,000 subscribers at the beginning of this year, and new subscriptions in the weeks before rarely topped 100 on any given day. But with the unveiling of Reddit’s new harassment policy and the subsequent first wave of banned subreddits, CoonTown exploded.
On June 10, the day Reddit move to enforce its harassment policy and banned several groups, CoonTown counted 75,442 unique views, 321,968 page views and 2,090 new subscriptions. The following day, that number grew to 158,353 unique views, 869,236 page views and 2,183 new subscriptions.
The reason for the influx appeared to be a rush for users to show support as the threat of losing ‘Coontown’ grew. “FatPeopleHate gone, I fear CoonTown will be next,” user “The_Mods_Are_Jews” wrote. “Keep up the good work leftists, if you want to see a real fascist just look at yourself in the mirror.”
So how did “CoonTown” escape being banned? When asked specifically about the fate of subreddits such as “CoonTown’ or “GasTheKikes’ last May, Reddit offered an opaque statement to Gawker.
“It’s the same situation as posts in that every situation will be looked at separately and there are a lot of ways to view the content of an entire subreddit and harassment,” a spokesperson for Reddit said. “Views we disagree with or find offensive will not be affected. Posts that meet the criteria of harassment stated before will be addressed.”
But legitimizing views expressed in “Coontown” has historically come with consequences.
Last month’s shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church and the revelation that the alleged gunman, Dylann Roof, was radicalized into the white supremacist movement online, brought a new scrutiny to online communities and the role they play in a person’s ideological evolution. Although there is no known link between Roof and “CoonTown,” the subreddit is illustrative of the immersive communities that exist on the Internet to introduce and reinforce white supremacist ideas.
Longstanding forums such as Stormfront and Vanguard News Network, for instance, have a long history of ties to violent acts. As for the place of violence and harassment users espouse in “Coontown,” look no farther than the racist vitriol that erupted after the death of nine Bible study participants in Charleston.
Posts like, “The only good nigger is a dead one,” quickly appeared, only to be followed with comments like, “The niggers being goodified [slang for the murder of a black person] is good, but what is GREAT is that episodes like this will help expedite a race war. Only then will a great culling of the leaching herd will be accomplished.”
By banning only some groups, Reddit has continued to lend legitimacy to those like “CoonTown” that remain. And given the responses on Reddit to the tragedy in Charleston, one has to wonder what it takes for Reddit to see harassment for what it is and enforce its policies.
The leader of a white supremacist gang in a rural corner of Oregon will spend more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder-conspiracy and assault charges.
With Jeremiah Mauer headed to prison for a minimum of 160 months, authorities last week told the East Oregonian they have dismantled key elements of the United Aryan Empire, a white supremacist gang linked to a string of violent crimes last year in and near the community of Pendleton in Umatilla County, Ore.
Police aggressively pursued the gang with a series of arrests and obtained grand jury racketeering indictments against Mauer and two other members of the gang in January. The indictments were returned less than three weeks after Pendleton police seized illegal firearms and arrested the three felons on charges of shooting into occupied homes, detonating an explosive device and involvement in a large gang fight.
Mauer, 31, struck a plea deal that allowed him to avoid trial where he would have faced 14 additional charges, including racketeering, possession of a prohibited firearm and riot, the newspaper reported.
Mauer was sentenced Thursday to a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 months for the conspiracy charge, to be followed by two concurrent 70-month terms for his two assault convictions. He won’t be eligible for release until he serves the 160-month sentence, Umatilla District Attorney Dan Primus.
“He’s the linchpin, the head guy,” the prosecutor said.
Other identified members of the United Aryan Empire –– Gregory Tinnell, 44, and Steven Grangood, 22 –– also have struck plea bargains and await sentencing.
A fourth member, Warren Browning, 35, remains in jail awaiting trial. Tinnell and Grangood agreed to testify against Browning as part of their deals, but Mauer did not.
Mauer’s girlfriend, Sarah Frankford, also was sentenced Thursday to five years probation after being conficted of third-degree assault stemming from her role in the criminal enterprise.
Chattanoogan (TN): Judge sets admitted anti-Muslim terror plotter Robert Doggart free, demanding ‘proof’ he presents a ‘real threat.’
The State (Columbia, SC): FBI considering charges against Dylann Roof’s associates in Charleston massacre.
Vox: Study finds that watching racists be racist can make the viewer more racist too.
Right Wing Watch: Virulent anti-gay black pastor pledges new civil war – and a revival of the Confederacy – to fight marriage equality,
Salon: The battle over the Confederate flag presents white Southern racism, stripped bare for all to see.
Raw Story: Rick Santorum warns that all undocumented immigrants are ‘obviously coming with bad intent.’
Yahoo News: How CofCC’s Earl Holt tapped into a Jewish family fortune to finance his white-supremacist organization.
Politico: A majority of Americans believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of regional pride, not racism.
Alabama News: NASCAR seeks to ban Confederate flags on cars racing in their events.
Raw Story: Militia goons mock combat veterans for displaying ‘faggoty ass yard signs’ seeking fireworks courtesy.
Right Wing Watch: Michael Savage warns that gays want to throw pastors in jail first, then into the Coliseum.
Associated Press: Montana man inspired by Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling applies for a polygamous second license.
The Daily Beast: Cleveland police officer comes under fire from Islamic groups for series of anti-Muslim tweets.
Reuters: Idaho refugee center is targeted by right-wing campaign to shutter operation over fears about ISIS extremists.
Washington Post: Why do people persist in believing long-debunked myths about the Confederacy?
Al Jazeera America: Department of Homeland Security colluding with anti-immigrant groups.
Think Progress: Why ‘unconnected’ church burnings may still be acts of racist terror.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL): Parks board votes to remove Confederate monument from Birmingham park.
Raw Story: Alabama court staffer references Nazis, kangaroos and more in plea to governor to resist ‘homosexual sodomy.’
Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN): Man charged with attempting to commit act of terrorism after dispute reveals he owned homemade bombs.
Capital Gazette (Annapolis, MD): Ethics board warns Michael Peroutka not to use his title as county councilman to promote extremist institute.
Media Matters: Associated Press omits controversy over racial remarks in reporting on meeting between Cliven Bundy and Rand Paul.
Right Wing Watch: Houston radio host Sam Malone says LGBT activists are just like terrorists.
An important new report by the Chicago-based civil rights organization Center for New Community (CNC), released yesterday, documents collusion between the leadership of U.S. Border Patrol Unions and the organized anti-immigrant movement in the United States.
The report, “Blurring Borders: Collusion between Anti-Immigrant Groups and Immigration Enforcement Agents” documents numerous examples of this collusion, and notes how extremely problematic it is when you consider the fact that Border Patrol agents are entrusted to carry out the country’s immigration policies as instructed by Congress and the Executive branch.
The report reveals that the anti-immigrant movement is actively engaged in developing sources within these agencies and unions who are willing to leak data directly to them, and cultivating spokespersons from within these unions who are willing to echo their messaging and to advocate for their policy goals.
One year ago today, anti-immigrant protesters in the town of Murrieta, Calif., blocked busses carrying some of the thousands of women and children who were fleeing violence in Central America. As the report notes, the activists would not have known about the busses coming to Murrieta if it were not for Border Patrol agents leaking the information to anti-immigrant leaders.
The report also notes that a close working relationship with Border Patrol and other government agencies is part of the broader anti-immigrant strategy, one developed over three decades ago by white nationalist John Tanton, the founder of the modern nativist movement. Today, the anti-immigrant groups rely heavily on these agencies to provide them with information.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a group founded by Tanton, is one of the groups that benefits the most from this collusion. Stephen Steinlight, senior policy analyst for CIS, acknowledged during a radio interview in 2014 that many CIS publications would not be possible “without our ongoing good connections with whistleblowers in agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
Commenting on the release of the report, Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “Do we really want law enforcement agents colluding with people who seek a European-American majority? Do we really want our law enforcement officers cooperating with people who are friends with hate groups who call all Latino people ‘dumb’ and circulate conspiracy theories about Jewish power?”
To read CNC’s report in full, click here
The Hill: Rep. Peter King, chair of Homeland Security Committee, says white-supremacist threat is overstated.
New York Times: No evidence yet of hate crimes in string of fires at black Southern churches.
Associated Press: Brawl breaks out in front of South Carolina statehouse between Confederate flag protesters, supporters.
New Civil Rights Movement: Anti-LGBT hate crimes reportedly rising in wake of Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling.
Post and Courier (Charleston, SC): Law enforcement finding ‘lone wolf’ type of attacks are increasingly tough to prevent.
Salon: Confessions of a recovering racist, who somehow was taught hate as a gift of love.
Raw Story: Pastors call for stonings, warn of God’s wrathful judgment in wake of marriage-equality ruling.
Mother Jones: The rise of violent right-wing extremism, explained.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, the tax scofflaw whose defiance of a federal court order invigorated the antigovernment movement last year, is becoming something of a political asset.
On Monday, Bundy met with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul during a campaign swing through Nevada. The two met in Mesquite during a “Stand with Rand” question-and-answer session, where Paul discussed public land rights with Bundy and 50 other potential supporters and activists, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
After the Q-and-A session, Paul’s aids found a private room where the presidential candidate met privately with Bundy, his wife and one of his sons for 45 minutes, according to a report in Politico.
“I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level,” Rand told the Associated Press. “I think that the government shouldn’t interfere with state decisions, so if a state decides to have medical marijuana or something like that, it should be respected as a state decision.”
After the political rally, Bundy –– not so surprisingly –– told the AP he supported Paul’s position that the federal government should turn over ownership of its public lands to the states.
“In general, I think we’re in tune with each other,” Bundy told the wire service, adding, “I don’t think we need to ask Washington, D.C. for this land. It’s our land.”
Paul, only one of an ever-growing field of GOP contenders for the White House, didn’t however mention Bundy’s April 2014 standoff near Bunkerville, Nev.,with the Bureau of Land Management, an event that proved to be inspiring to the antigovernment movement.
Bundy has said the federal government, which controls 80 percent of the land in Nevada, has no authority there and he should be free to graze his cattle on public land without federal oversight.The BLM says Bundy still owes more than $1 million in back grazing fees for having his cattle herd roam on Nevada’s public lands in Nevada for the past two decades.
The BLM has refused requests for answers about how it intends to proceed against Bundy or the others involved in the standoff, including some armed militia members who pointed firearms at federal agents, though it has promised to seek justice for Bundy’s actions.
Despite the baggage that Bundy brings to any campaign, other political candidates have sought out his celebrity. Bundy has appeared at rallies and fundraisers for other candidates, mostly in Nevada and Arizona.
Last year he showed up at an Arizona picnic attended by Republicans Douglas A. “Doug” Ducey, who was elected governor of Arizona, and Mark Brnovich, who was elected at that state’s attorney general.
Bundy, who drew widespread criticism for talking about the “negro” in an interview with The New York Times, appeared in a campaign advertisement for Kamau Bakari, who was an unsuccessful Independent American Party candidate for Congress in last fall’s elections.
This past weekend, the annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colo., brought a number of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls to the battleground state, as well as a number of extremists and members of hate groups. Some of the major themes of the gathering included attacking the Supreme Court for its ruling on marriage equality and anti-immigrant sentiment.
Here is a rundown of some extremist highlights from the 2015 Western Conservative Summit:
- A number of the 2016 Presidential nominees decried Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court granting marriage equality for same-sex couples. Mike Huckabee called the decision “disgusting” and an act of “judicial supremacy.” Rick Santorum said the decision was “based on a lie” and that the family unit “has further been assaulted.”
- Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council (FRC) also used his speech to attack the Supreme Court decision, saying that he “rejects the notion that we must get on the right side of these causes.” Perkins and FRC often make false claims about the LGBT community such as claiming that gay men are pedophiles.
- Later in his speech, Santorum referenced white nationalist Charles Murray, one of the most influential social scientists in America, who uses racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.
- Santorum also called for a reduction to the number of immigrants entering the United States legally each year, a common argument voiced by the established anti-immigrant movement in the U.S.
- The most prominent anti-immigrant group in Colorado, the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIRCO), had an exhibitor’s booth at the event. Among the materials CAIRCO distributed was a pamphlet produced by the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American immigration Reform (FAIR), founded by white nationalist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement.
- Joyce Mucci, FAIR’s Southern Field Representative, manned the CAIRCO booth. Mucci’s presence at the booth further indicates the close relationship between FAIR and state-based groups such as CAIRCO.
- Frank Gaffney, head of the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy (CSP) ran a workshop on day two of the conference. Gaffney’s speech was littered with anti-Muslim rhetoric, including an often repeated claim among Islamophobes that all Muslim Student Associations in the United States are a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.
- During the Q&A session, an attendee asked Gaffney to comment on “Somali colonies” working in meatpacking plants in Colorado. Gaffney responded to the question by stating, “I don’t know about you, but it kind of creeps me out that they are getting jobs in the food supply of the United States.”
This conference, similar to the CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C., in February, demonstrates that conservatives are doing little to appeal to minority and LGBT voters. With the 2016 election just around the corner, hardline stances on topics such as same-sex marriage and immigration could turn out to be very damaging for the GOP at the polls.