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Latino Civil Rights Group Cancels Kansas City Convention

By Hatewatch Staff on October 23, 2007 - 5:38 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A national Hispanic civil rights organization said Saturday it will not hold its 2009 annual convention in Kansas City because an opponent of illegal immigration was appointed to the city’s park board.

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Minutemen Shift Focus To Street Gangs

By Hatewatch Staff on October 23, 2007 - 5:35 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The [Yakima] Minutemen…invited Yakima Police Officer Tarin Miller to discuss her work on the gang-enforcement unit of the Yakima Police Department.

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New York Times Feature on Sale Left Out a Fact or Two

By Mark Potok on October 23, 2007 - 2:41 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Media Extremism, Neo-Confederate

Peter Applebome of The New York Times wrote a feature the other day on an interesting topic — the Second North American Secessionist Convention, held early this month in Chattanooga, Tenn., and attended by members of local secessionist movements from Hawaii to Vermont to Alabama. The piece centered on Kirkpatrick Sale, a well-known leftist intellectual who is the director of something called the Middlebury Institute, a New York-based group dedicated to secessionism.

Trouble is, Applebome missed a few key facts.

The Oct. 18 Times article is essentially a pillow-soft feature that paints a picture of Sale as a father figure to the somewhat goofy but nevertheless endearing secessionists. It quotes Sale saying that the movement has “brought right and left together” and mentions the participation of the League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate group in favor of Southern secession. But that’s where the enlightenment stops.

What Applebome never says is that Sale arranged a co-sponsoring agreement for the Oct. 3-4 convention with the League of the South. He doesn’t note that most people familiar with LOS consider Sale’s new partner a white supremacist hate group — its leader, who calls for a return to “European cultural hegemony” in the South, has described slavery as “God-ordained” and vigorously opposes interracial marriage, and other LOS intellectuals have defended segregation as protecting the “integrity” of both blacks and whites. And Applebome doesn’t note that Sale, quoted in a national Associated Press article just two weeks earlier, argued against all the evidence that LOS has been “wrongly declared” (by the Southern Poverty Law Center) to be racist.

Applebome may have a soft spot for Southern secessionists. Author of the 1997 book Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics and Culture, Applebome in the Times article describes the secession movement that led to the Civil War as “a movement now seen as racist, violent and a loser.” Now seen? As every serious scholar of the Civil War knows, there is no question that the war was fought to defend slavery and the system of white supremacy.

Racist British Party Leader on American College Speaking Tour

By Heidi Beirich on October 22, 2007 - 11:34 am, Posted in Hate Groups, Hate on Campus, White Supremacist

griffing_228×339.jpgNick Griffin (right), the head of the whites-only British National Party (BNP), will speak on three American college campuses in late October. That news comes courtesy of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a U.S. hate group that has described blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity.”

Griffin, whose white supremacist party angrily opposes immigration and especially Muslim immigration, will speak at Clemson University on Oct. 24, Texas A&M on Oct. 25, and Michigan State University on Oct. 26. According to the anti-racist YAF Watch blog, the Michigan State chapter of Young Americans for Freedom is sponsoring Griffin’s visit to MSU. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the MSU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, which has also hosted other extremist speakers, as a hate group. It is unclear which campus organizations are sponsoring Griffin’s lectures at Clemson and Texas A&M. ( continue to full post… )

Watchmen Leader Gives Bizarre Account of Gay-Bashing Death

By Casey Sanchez on October 19, 2007 - 12:54 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Groups

The Watchmen on the Walls, a multinational anti-gay organization that declares, “There is a war between Christians and homosexuals,” expects more than 700 followers to attend a three-day WOTW conference in Lynnwood, Wash., beginning Oct. 20. One of the speakers will be Watchmen co-founder Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika, which claims that gays helped to orchestrate the Holocaust.

Scott Lively Pink Swastika

In August, Lively spoke at a WOTW conference in Novosibirsk, Russia. He discussed the murder of Satender Singh, a 26-year-old gay Indian man who was beaten to death by Russian-speaking gay bashers in a park near Sacramento, Calif., a hotbed of militant anti-gay activism among Slavic immigrants.

The audience laughed and applauded as Lively described the killing.

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Latino Gang Members Indicted for ‘Cleansing’ Operation

By Brentin Mock on October 18, 2007 - 4:46 pm, Posted in Racist Street Gangs

More than 60 members and associates of a Latino street gang carried out a campaign of racially motivated violence targeting African Americans in South Los Angeles, according to a 53-count federal racketeering indictment unsealed Oct. 17.


Leaders of the Florencia 13 street gang, which operates in a racially mixed district of South Los Angeles, engaged underlings in “cleansing their neighborhood of … members and associates of African-American street gangs,” according to federal prosecutors.

“The most disturbing aspect of the case is that … gang members allegedly engaged in a series of attacks on rival African-American gangs that extended to innocent citizens who ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien.
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New Black Panther Party Holds Strategy Summit

By David Holthouse on October 17, 2007 - 11:15 am, Posted in Black Separatist, Hate Groups

Malik Zulu ShabazzOn Saturday, Oct. 13, about 100 New Black Panther Party members from all over the country gathered at a Holiday Inn in downtown Atlanta for the National Black Power Summit, co-billed as “The Attack on Black America.”

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the NBPP national chairman, gave a scalding keynote address in which he noted defiantly “our rise is co-dependent on the white man’s demise.”

“Who do I mean when I say, ‘the white man’?” asked Shabazz, pacing back and forth in a small ballroom. “Well, I mean the goddamn white man.”

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Police Sergeant Reprimanded For Obscene Gestures

By Hatewatch Staff on October 16, 2007 - 5:51 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The Mesa police sergeant who made an obscene gesture at a group of pro-immigration pickets last month was given a written reprimand, must attend a First Amendment training session, and must talk to the department’s patrol shifts about what he learned in the session, according to an Internal Affairs report released Tuesday.

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Investigators Debunk Supposed Plot To Assassinate Sheriff

By Hatewatch Staff on October 16, 2007 - 5:49 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spent an estimated $500,000 during the past six months protecting Joe Arpaio from an assassination that supposedly was designed to cause a furor in the United States over illegal immigration.

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Hispanic Group Offers Compromise In Minuteman Dispute

By Hatewatch Staff on October 16, 2007 - 5:47 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A national Hispanic organization said it will hold its annual convention here if a city parks board member agrees to cut her ties to an anti-illegal immigration group.

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