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Lou Dobbs Hailing Border Shooters

By Mark Potok on August 31, 2007 - 2:03 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Media Extremism

CNN host Lou Dobbs — the anti-illegal immigration “advocacy journalist” who has likely done more than anyone in America to popularize false claims about immigrants’ diseases, criminality and incarceration rates — is at it again. This time, he’s plugging the case of two Border Patrol agents who attacked an unarmed border-crosser who was trying to surrender, shot at him 15 times and wounded him as he fled, then tampered with the crime scene and failed to report the shooting as required to their supervisors.

images.jpegDobbs thinks “these two outstanding Border Patrol agents,” as he describes the men who were sentenced to terms of 11 and 12 years by a federal jury last October, should be free — so much so, in fact, that he has featured their case 131 times on his CNN show in the last year, including an hour-long special called “Border Betrayal.” That’s because the man shot by Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean turned out to be a drug smuggler (although Ramos and Compean didn’t know that when they opened fire on Feb. 17, 2005). These details and many others are offered up in an excellent article in this month’s Texas Monthly by Pamela Colloff. ( continue to full post… )

‘Black’ Nativist Group Taken Seriously

By Mark Potok on August 30, 2007 - 3:06 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Media Extremism

Earlier this month, Ted Hayes, a right-wing African-American street activist from Los Angeles, was presented on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” as the leader of a group of prominent black activists opposed to undocumented immigration.

67-activist.jpgTrouble was, his group, Choose Black America (CBA), doesn’t really represent black people at all. It is the creation of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a white-dominated and mainly white-led organization that has been agitating for years for lower levels of immigration. FAIR, in fact, has accepted more than $1 million from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that funds writers seeking to prove that black people aren’t as smart as whites. ( continue to full post… )

‘Pro-America’ Rally Canceled Due To Gang Fears

By Hatewatch Staff on August 28, 2007 - 8:45 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A rally to protest illegal immigration, planned for Saturday in Lakewood, has been canceled due to concerns about gang violence…

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Golden Gate Minutemen Offshoot Steps-Up Recruiting

By Hatewatch Staff on August 28, 2007 - 8:43 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Art Bush can remember a time when the “Little Mexico” of North Fair Oaks was pretty much all white folks.

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Hotel Cancels Minuteman Conference

By Hatewatch Staff on August 28, 2007 - 8:41 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A seminar expected to draw dozens of illegal immigration foes and perhaps hundreds of protesters to Crystal Lake on Saturday is in jeopardy after the hotel hosting the event told its sponsor it is no longer welcome.

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Minuteman Claims Murder Video Was Faked

By Hatewatch Staff on August 28, 2007 - 8:32 am, Posted in Uncategorized

One Minuteman leader accused a rival Minuteman leader of videotaping the shooting of an illegal immigrant, but sheriff’s deputies investigating the report Saturday said the video was fake, as did the maker of the video.

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Navy Commander Disciplined, But Extremist Activities Continue

By Heidi Beirich on August 27, 2007 - 10:00 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Despite being reprimanded for his political activities by Navy officials recently, Lt. Comdr. John Sharpe’s extremist organizing continues. Sharpe spoke earlier this month at the 2007 Saint Benedict Conference, a gathering of “radical traditionalist Catholics” in Nashua, N.H. The Aug. 17-19 event was hosted by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a virulently anti-Semitic group that has been in a heated dispute with its neighbors recently. A sense of the group’s views comes from listening to one of its officials, Brother Anthony Mary, who has said that “the perpetual enemy of Christ is the Jewish nation” and suggested that Jews should be dealt with using “blood and terror if it’s required.”

johnsharpemug.jpgThose views dovetail nicely with Sharpe’s own. Sharpe is on record blaming the 9/11 attacks not on Al Qaeda but on “Judeo-Masonry.” He believes that “the current and historical mortal enemy of Christian civilization is Judeo-Masonry.” Sharpe is cool with hate groups, too. Attending the 2006 conference of American Renaissance, a racist magazine specializing in theories of race, intelligence and eugenics, Sharpe sold his two-volume set Neo-CONNED!, which has several articles by racists and anti-Semites. Next to his booth was a man selling “White Power” T-shirts. ( continue to full post… )

Face of Hate: Curtis Allgier Explained

By Casey Sanchez on August 23, 2007 - 7:56 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

curtis-1.jpgWhen neo-Nazi Curtis Allgier allegedly shot and killed a corrections officer who was transporting Allgier to a hospital in Salt Lake City June 25, media accounts of the murder invariably focused on the 27-year-old skinhead’s most recent mug shot, showing Allgier’s totally tattoo-covered face. As his wife put it, Allgier had the “courage to put his beliefs on his entire body.”

Here’s an explanation of the meaning behind some the arcane symbols inked on the alleged cop-killer’s visage: ( continue to full post… )

Pat Buchanan Again Cites Racist Sources on Black Crime

By Heidi Beirich on August 22, 2007 - 8:06 am, Posted in Media Extremism

MSNBC commentator and former Reagan aide Pat Buchanan is citing racist sources again — and mislabeling them as “right-leaning.”

In “The Color of Crime,” an Aug. 21 column posted on his blog and the white nationalist hate site, Buchanan attacked The Washington Post for not telling the truth about black criminality in two different stories about race and crime (here and here). Buchanan was incensed that the Post did not say that blacks are more criminal than whites and didn’t mention “white victims” of black crime.

To make his point, Buchanan cited approvingly a report by the white supremacist New Century Foundation, “The Color of Crime: Race, Crime and Justice in America”, which purportedly proves that blacks are vastly more criminal than others. Buchanan uses this racist “research” to attack blacks, writing, “The real repository of racism in America — manifest in violent interracial assault, rape and murder — is to be found not in the white community, but the African-American community.”

As an article in the Intelligence Report pointed out seven years ago, that argument is fundamentally flawed, ignoring decades of real research that shows that poverty is intimately related to crime rates. In fact, race, unlike income, has little, if any, predictive value. The New Century article also conflates interracial crime with interracial hate crime to claim blacks commit vastly more hate crimes than others. ( continue to full post… )

Choose Black America Chairman Claims Immigrants “Specifically Attacking African-Americans”

By Hatewatch Staff on August 21, 2007 - 8:53 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Homeless advocate and immigration opponent Ted Hayes was assaulted this past Tuesday for spreading his message that illegal immigrants are damaging this country and specifically attacking African-Americans.

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