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Conservative Students Organize ‘Catch The Illegal Immigrant’ Game

By Hatewatch Staff on April 29, 2008 - 2:26 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Members of the Texas Tech chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas roiled their campus by playing “Catch the Illegal Immigrant,” a politically charged version of hide-and-seek.
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School Official Physically Threatened Over Pledge Of Allegiance In Spanish

By Hatewatch Staff on April 29, 2008 - 2:24 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Norman Fjelstad, the school superintendent in charge of Edgerton High School, says he’s received threats of physical harm for allowing students in the school’s Spanish class to recite the pledge of allegiance in the language they’re studying.
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Latinos Protest County Commissioner’s Comments

By Hatewatch Staff on April 29, 2008 - 2:22 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James is refusing to apologize for likening illegal immigrants to drug dealers and prostitutes.
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Lawmaker Draws International Rebukes For ‘Illiterate Peasants’ Remark

By Hatewatch Staff on April 29, 2008 - 2:21 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Rep. Douglas Bruce drew audible gasps and was ordered to step down from the speaker’s podium after he criticized a bill concerning temporary visas for immigrant farm laborers by declaring that Colorado doesn’t need “5,000 more illiterate peasants.”
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MSU-YAF Takes on the Jews, Temporarily

By David Holthouse on April 28, 2008 - 6:39 am, Posted in Hate Groups

For the most part, members of the Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom are equal opportunity haters, spewing bigotry in the direction of anyone who isn’t white, heterosexual and Christian with more or less equal zeal — except for the Jews. Although MSU-YAF dabbled in anti-Semitism last fall by hosting British National Party chairman and Holocaust denier Nick Griffin, the student hate group has never blatantly targeted Jews.

Until now.

Kyle BristowLast week, MSU student Kyle Bristow (right), who resigned his post as chairman of MSU-YAF earlier this year, posted a poll to MSU-YAF’s blog, the Spartan Spectator, that posed the question, “Which is Worse?” It offered respondents two options: “Judeo-Bolshevism” and “Islamofascism.”

“Keep the following in mind when you vote,” Bristow wrote. “Judeo-Bolsheviks contributed two-thirds to three-quarters of the money for civil rights groups during the 1960s. … Despite representing only 2.5 percent of the population, Judeo-Bolsheviks provided over half of the funding of the Democratic party, and in the 2000 election, 80 percent of American Jews being Judeo-Bolsheviks voted for Al Gore.” ( continue to full post… )

Noose Provocateur’s Hometown Celebrated White Supremacy

By Mark Potok on April 24, 2008 - 8:14 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Crime, Hate Crime

A lawyer for the teenager who set off the largest rash of racist noose incidents this country has seen in recent decades says his client will plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor Friday. Jeremiah Munsen, 19, faced up to 11 years for conspiring to intimidate a black crowd returning from a huge anti-racist demonstration last fall in Jena, La., but now will receive no more than a year, said attorney Bill Guin. Some 20,000 people had rallied in Jena earlier that Sept. 20 to protest allegedly disparate criminal treatment accorded black and white students at a local high school.

Not much is known publicly about Munsen, other than the prosecutor’s description of his willingness to use a symbol (see photo) that “physically portended physical violence.” However, some little-known facts about his hometown may offer a clue.

Jeremiah Munsen comes from Colfax, La., a town of some 1,700 people about 40 miles southwest of Jena. Colfax is the site of the Easter Sunday 1873 massacre of 150 members of an all-black militia defending the town’s courthouse against an assault by rampaging white supremacists. To this day, the town appears utterly unrepentant about its role in the bloodshed that portended the end of Radical Reconstruction and the imposition of racist Jim Crow laws across the South. A historical marker in Colfax, put up by the state Department of Commerce and Industry in 1951, calls the massacre “The Colfax Riot” and says it “marked the end of carpetbag misrule in the South.” Even more striking, there also still remains an obelisk monument erected in Colfax in “loving remembrance” of the three white men who died, as the monument boasts without further elaboration or shame, “fighting for white supremacy.” ( continue to full post… )

New Embarrassments Face San Diego Minutemen

By Brentin Mock on April 23, 2008 - 8:17 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

It’s shaping up to be a rough month for the aggressively confrontational San Diego Minutemen (SDMM) and their leader Jeff Schwilk (below, right).

Jeff SchwilkLast week, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation released a report exposing SDMM internal E-mails dating back to June 2006 in which SDMM members repeatedly refer to immigrants in dehumanizing terms, including “cockroaches” and “Third-World animals.” One E-mail, dated June 2007, recommends that SDMM members headed to the border to search for immigrants bring “a portable battery operated freezer … for storage of filets, hams and ribs of well-marbled border crossers.”

Such comments, it turns out, aren’t the only Schwilk embarrassment this month. Now, African-American anti-affirmative action crusader Ward Connerly is disputing the truthfulness of a Schwilk claim in an April 13 mass E-mail to all SDMM members. Schwilk informed his followers that Connerly had personally contacted him to relay an offer to pay the travel expenses of any SDMM member willing to collect signatures in Missouri for an anti-affirmative action proposition Connerly and his allies are trying to get on the ballot in the “Show Me State” this November. ( continue to full post… )

Radio Hosts’ ‘INS’ Stunt Offends Hispanics

By Hatewatch Staff on April 22, 2008 - 2:52 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

One day after making derogatory on-air comments about Native Americans, WDCG morning hosts directed a crew member to wear a T-shirt with “INS” taped on it and approach people in line at a Mexican consulate.
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Minuteman Tax Forms Don’t Match Founder’s Claims

By Hatewatch Staff on April 22, 2008 - 2:49 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Although Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder Chris Simcox has repeatedly claimed that MCDC has raked in more than $2.2 million in donations since it was founded in 2005, its most recent IRS filing brings the organization’s total reported income to just over $1 million.
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Latino Lawmakers Echo Phoenix Mayor’s Call For Arpaio Investigation

By Hatewatch Staff on April 22, 2008 - 2:44 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Alleging that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s recent sweeps in Hispanic neighborhoods were tantamount to racial profiling, Latino state lawmakers joined Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon in calling for a federal civil rights investigation of Arpaio’s tactics.
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