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Phoenix Mayor Slams Arpaio During State Of The City Address

By Hatewatch Staff on April 22, 2008 - 2:36 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Speaking before the PHX Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon accused Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of, “[creating] a ‘Sanctuary County for Felons’ with his reckless priorities — that target brown skin and cracked tail lights — instead of killers and drug dealers.”
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Denounced by Colleagues, Anti-Semitic Prof Threatens to Sue

By Heidi Beirich on April 18, 2008 - 6:30 am, Posted in Academic Racism

macdonald.jpegCalifornia State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Psychology Professor Kevin MacDonald (right) is facing more condemnation from his colleagues for his anti-Semitic research. In the past month, both the Jewish Studies Program and the History Department have issued statements (here and here) specifically distancing themselves from MacDonald’s hateful work. The Anthropology Department also has a statement under consideration. The statements all affirm MacDonald’s right to academic freedom and his tenured position on the CSULB faculty.

MacDonald’s views were outlined in the 2007 Intelligence Report exposé, “Promoting Hate,” which prompted his removal from teaching required undergraduate courses. MacDonald believes that Jews are impelled by genetic factors to undermine the majority populations of the societies they live in. In fact, MacDonald puts it like this in journalist Jon Entine’s new book, Abraham’s Children: “Jews do not act in the best interest of society. We need to systematically put in place some controls, call it discrimination if you will, to restore parity with other groups.” Since the turn of the millennium, MacDonald has also become a white supremacist activist. He has held leadership positions in several white supremacist groups, and in 2004 he was honored with a $10,000 prize for his work on the Jews by The Occidental Quarterly, a white supremacist publication where he currently serves on the editorial advisory board.

The latest twist in the long-running saga of Kevin MacDonald — a man who has bitterly complained that his colleagues and others are trying to suppress his free speech and academic freedom with their criticism — is the professor’s threat to sue faculty members who have negative things to say about him. His legal threats have sown fear on the CSULB campus, causing other faculty members, particularly in the psychology department of which he is a part, to stifle their opinions of his work.

MacDonald’s legal threats were made public in a memo (PDF) written by Psychology Department Chair Ken Green to his faculty earlier this month. Green’s letter was directed to those department members considering issuing a statement that would formally disassociate the department from MacDonald’s work. Several professors feel that the three statements already posted on the department website that reiterate the department’s commitment to diversity and denounce the use of psychological research as propaganda for racist groups are inadequate for that purpose. Green’s E-mail to his fellow faculty members instructed that MacDonald’s threat of legal action “is a factor that should be reviewed and considered.” No offer of a legal defense was made by school officials. ( continue to full post… )

Weakened NSM Promises Major D.C. Rally on Saturday

By Mark Potok on April 16, 2008 - 2:58 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi

The National Socialist Movement (NSM), America’s largest neo-Nazi organization, is promising to bring hundreds of “Patriotic Americans” to Washington, D.C, to protest illegal immigration this Saturday — the 13th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which was carried out by a man influenced by neo-Nazi ideology.

NSM “Commander” Jeff Schoep, who late last year moved his group’s headquarters from Minneapolis to Detroit, writes that his purpose is “to send a message to the crooked Politicians of both the corrupt Democratic and Republican Parties. … We as Americans demand that our Nations Borders [sic] are closed, and that an America First Policy is enacted.” He did not publicly say where and when the march would take place, and NSM apparently has not yet obtained a parade permit.

The rally would only be the latest of scores of anti-immigration events put on by hate groups in recent years. Hate groups’ focus on immigration has helped them recruit and grow, driving a 48% spurt in the number of such groups between 2000 and 2007, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual count.

The NSM last year claimed a total of 76 chapters, making it by far the largest such group in the country. But that number may greatly overstate the strength of NSM, which has been sapped by weak leadership, the departure of many key activists toward the end of 2007, and feuds with other racist leaders. It hasn’t helped that Schoep left for Michigan to follow a new girlfriend, leaving his daughter and her mother in Minnesota — not exactly sterling conduct for an “Aryan” parent. That came on top of Schoep’s guilty plea in 1998 to felony aiding and abetting of a burglary. Court records show that Schoep had accompanied his then-girlfriend, the mother of his daughter, as she stole $4,000 worth of computer equipment — all while four of the woman’s children waited in the back of their getaway car. ( continue to full post… )

Vodka Ad Feeds Conspiracy Theory Frenzy

By Hatewatch Staff on April 15, 2008 - 3:13 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A vodka advertisement showing a map of 19th century North America, when much of what is now the United States was part of Mexico, ignited a firestorm among paranoid nativists.
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Skinhead Charged With Hate Crime For Targeting Mexicans

By Hatewatch Staff on April 15, 2008 - 3:11 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Neo-Nazi skinhead Paul J. Paletti, 35, was charged with felony battery as a hate crime for allegedly giving a fascist salute then beating a 19-year-old Mexican man after determining the victim’s ethnicity.
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New York Times Slams Notorious Arizona Sheriff

By Hatewatch Staff on April 15, 2008 - 3:03 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A New York Times editorial called for congressional hearings into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s media stunt immigrant round-ups and his volunteer “posse” of armed private citizens.
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Phoenix Mayor Calls For FBI Investigation Of Rogue Sheriff’s Office

By Hatewatch Staff on April 15, 2008 - 3:02 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Phoenix, Ariz. Mayor Phil Gordon is calling on the Justice Department’s civil-rights division and the FBI to investigate what Gordon calls a “pattern and practice of conduct that includes discriminatory harassment, improper stops, searches and arrests” in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s controversial immigration crackdown.
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Nativists Leap on Wrong Bandwagon — Again

By Brentin Mock on April 15, 2008 - 11:37 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

The story from Athens, Texas, read like it was custom-tailored for anti-immigration propaganda: A 13-year-old white girl at Athens Middle School attacked and threatened with rape and murder by a gang of 21 Latino students, only because she completed a class assignment to “create a protest sign” of her choice by making a placard that read, “If you love our nation, stop illegal immigration.” The student displayed bruises and scratches to support her account, and her parents demanded a federal investigation.

You might think that nativist bloggers and leaders would be just a little gun shy after the embarrassing case of Angela D. Wilburn, the wife of the Ozarks Minutemen founder. Wilburn fabricated a story last December about being raped and shot by Mexican intruders after she accidentally shot herself.

But, true to form, as soon after the Athens story broke last Tuesday, the “deport-’em-all” Internet posse whipped out their rhetorical six-shooters and commenced blasting. ( continue to full post… )

South Carolina Minutemen: Jesus Would Deport Illegal Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on April 8, 2008 - 3:28 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Members of the South Carolina chapter of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, who distribute literature claiming “hundreds of our children are raped by illegal invaders every year,” argued that Jesus would stand with them against illegal immigration.
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Judge Rules In Favor Of English-Only Law

By Hatewatch Staff on April 8, 2008 - 3:26 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A district court judge ruled in favor of U.S. Rep. Steve King, who sued Iowa officials for allegedly violating the state’s English-only law by offering Spanish-language voter registration forms online.
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