The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.

Eagle Forum Fudges Immigration Facts

By Heidi Beirich on March 28, 2008 - 6:31 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Conspiracies

The Eagle Forum of Alabama is holding a series of “grassroots workshops” around the state entitled “What YOU can do about Illegal Immigration.” Clearly aimed at riling up nativist fury, the fliers for the event allege that “the average illegal immigrant household receives approximately $30,000 in government benefits each year but pays only $9,000 in taxes.”

The problem, as is often the case with the “facts” nativists dredge up to illustrate the evils of immigration, is that these calculations are wildly misleading at best. The numbers above originate in a quote from Robert Rector that was posted on the website, a new anti-immigration site put up by the conservative Heritage Foundation where Rector is a senior fellow. The website’s title refers to the difference between the two numbers above, $21,000, which Rector alleges is the net cost taxpayers pick up for undocumented workers. “That’s like buying each of these illegal immigrant families a brand new Mustang convertible,” he claims.

Rector is almost certainly wrong, as is reflected in a fact sheet summarizing immigration studies that was put together by the Immigration Policy Center. ( continue to full post… )

Addled Aryans: Red Faces Light Up White Supremacists

By David Holthouse on March 27, 2008 - 7:03 am, Posted in White Supremacist

More than a dozen high-profile white nationalist activists muddied their reputations in the world of the radical right recently by organizing and publicizing a protest campaign on behalf of a teenage shooting victim they assumed was a “pure-blooded” white.

It all began last Wednesday, March 19, when Suffolk County, N.Y., resident John H. White, 55, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for killing 18-year-old Daniel Cicciaro Jr. in August 2006. White, who is African-American, shot Cicciaro in the face at close range when the unarmed young man and three of his friends confronted White at the foot of White’s driveway on Long Island. They had followed White’s teenaged son, Aaron, home from a party after a quarrel. A jury convicted White of manslaughter earlier this year.

Minutes after a judge handed down the relatively light sentence (White faced up to 15 years in prison), the victim’s father, Daniel Cicciaro Sr., shouted to reporters, “As long as you’re black and there’s a problem at the foot of your driveway, you can shoot my son in the face? Let’s see what happens when Aaron White gets shot! Let’s see what the laws are then!”

The following day, white nationalist John Anthony Boone, posting as “OTPTT,” started a discussion thread on the neo-Nazi website Vanguard News Network (VNN) entitled, “White Father Responds Like White Man Over Light Sentence Given to Nigger!” ( continue to full post… )

Kansas City Archbishop Decries Militant Immigration Rhetoric

By Hatewatch Staff on March 25, 2008 - 4:24 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

To Dick Fatherley, immigration reform is, if not easy, at least logical.

Read full article

Oklahoma Lawmaker Plans Official English Legislation

By Hatewatch Staff on March 25, 2008 - 4:22 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The author of Oklahoma’s sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law said Tuesday he plans new legislation that would ask voters to make English the official language of the state.

Read full article

Anti-Immigration Activists Accuse City Council Members Of Treason

By Hatewatch Staff on March 25, 2008 - 4:20 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

In the best of economic times, it’s tough being a day laborer. […]

Read full article

Nativist Group Linked To White Supremacists

By Hatewatch Staff on March 25, 2008 - 4:17 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Local illegal immigration group CCFIILE is an extremist, nativist group that has attracted a number of hard-core racists and neo-Nazis, an investigation by the Southern Poverty Law Center has found.

Read full article

Neo-Nazi Informant Suggests Candidates Should Die

By Mark Potok on March 25, 2008 - 10:18 am, Posted in Media Extremism

Hal TurnerLike a jackbooted Energizer bunny, Hal Turner just keeps on ticking. The New Jersey neo-Nazi, infamous for repeatedly proposing that certain of his enemies be killed, is now suggesting that all three presidential candidates should suffer a similar fate.

Despite a series of travails — a report in this space that he was allegedly a paid FBI informant, his “quitting” of the white power movement only to rejoin days later, and attacks from other white supremacists — Turner is gamely playing on.

And for him, that means issuing threats.

A few days ago, Turner wrote on his website that John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were all “traitors.” “If you think real Patriots like me are going to sit idly by while you turn our country over to such people, you are sadly mistaken. … Think I’m kidding? My audience includes the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, skinheads and Nazis. … The deadly serious kind.” Then Turner proceeded to recount how he once said that a federal judge who had ruled against a neo-Nazi group in a 2005 copyright case was “worthy of being killed” — and how the judge’s mother and husband were subsequently murdered in her home. “I hope,” Turner wrote, “I don’t have to start talking the same way about Clinton, McCain and Obama.”

Hatewatch first printed allegations that Turner was an FBI informant on Jan. 11. Although Turner had told supporters just a day earlier that he was leaving the racist movement, he responded by bringing his Internet radio show and website back to life and insisting the allegations were false. Since then, Hatewatch has confirmed through numerous knowledgeable sources that Turner was, in fact, a paid FBI informant, and that he had worked for the agency’s Newark, N.J., office for years. As reported here in January, experts in police procedure severely criticized the FBI’s use of Turner because he was clearly doing more to provoke violence than to contain it. ( continue to full post… )

Racists’ Headquarters Has a Surprising Owner

By Casey Sanchez on March 21, 2008 - 9:31 am, Posted in White Supremacist

The “World Famous Redneck Shop” in downtown Laurens, S.C., has been headquarters to two different Klan factions and the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement. It has played host to a reunion of the infamous neo-Nazi group, the Aryan Nations, and sells cheap racist merchandise including T-shirts that read, “Ain’t Racist, Just Never Met a Nigger I Liked.” Yet for more than 10 years, a black Baptist church has owned the store in an unusual legal arrangement. The Rev. David Kennedy says that in 1997 his church bought the Echo Theater, the building that houses the Redneck Shop, out of pity for a poor family and a misguided belief that the owner had changed his racist ways.

The Redneck Shop was built up by Michael Burden Jr., a former grand dragon in a South Carolina Klan group who acquired it from John Howard, another one-time Klansman who had had taken Burden under his wing. But Kennedy told Hatewatch that in the late ’90s, Burden’s family was desperately poor and Burden begged him to buy the property. “His family was about to starve,” the Rev. Kennedy said. The family was so famished, Kennedy added, that they had trouble standing up. Moved, Kennedy embarked on a tentative relationship with the one-time Klan leader.

Kennedy says he initially encouraged the city to buy the Redneck Shop property. But when officials declined, Kennedy’s New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church paid Burden $1,000 for it on April 22, 1997, according to the property deed. The sale was organized as a life estate that allowed Howard (not Burden) to operate the Redneck Shop until Howard’s death. Kennedy says he agreed to the arrangement to help the ailing Burden family and because he believed Burden Jr. had recanted of his racist views — a story recounted that same year in an ABC America “Prime Time Live” segment entitled “The Redneck & the Reverend: A Story of Hate & Hope.” At one point during their relationship, Kennedy says, Burden even told the black reverend that Howard had suggested that Burden assassinate him. “We helped him and he wanted to apologize to the black community,” Kennedy said of Burden, adding that Burden actually began attending his church on a regular basis. “Then all of a sudden he stopped showing up.” ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Immigration Leader Sues Dollywood

By Hatewatch Staff on March 18, 2008 - 4:36 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A perennial gubernatorial candidate and anti-illegal immigration activist has sued Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park for $5.5 million, alleging he was racially harassed when he worked there.

Read full article

Minuteman Leader Skips Out On Debate

By Hatewatch Staff on March 18, 2008 - 4:33 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Security was beefed up at the Kimmel Center last night. Metal detectors were stationed at the entrances. Guards surveyed the crowd, keeping an eye out for possible threats.

Read full article