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Caltrans Nixes Second Minutemen Adopt-A-Highway Bid

By Hatewatch Staff on June 17, 2008 - 12:38 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The California Department of Transportation denied a request from the San Diego Minutemen to adopt a stretch of Interstate 5 through Oceanside, Calif. for litter cleanup while the SDMM is embroiled in a federal lawsuit concerning a previous adopt-a-highway application.
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$860 Million Border Enforcement Spending Spree Failing To Deter Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on June 17, 2008 - 12:35 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Funded under pressure from anti-immigration forces, the new 15-foot-high fence that’s the centerpiece of the federal government’s vaunted Secure Border Initiative is being easily defeated by immigrants with climbing ropes.
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Cleric Group Fights Hateful Immigration Rhetoric

By Hatewatch Staff on June 17, 2008 - 12:12 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A group of Arizona religious leaders is calling for local and state officials to end what Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform terms “hateful rhetoric” which conflicts with the Christian tradition of offering hospitality to strangers.
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Televangelist Preaches Questionable Theology

By Mark Potok on June 16, 2008 - 4:13 pm, Posted in Podcasts

In the inaugural Hatewatch podcast episode, listen as I talk with Intelligence Report writer Casey Sanchez. Casey wrote a remarkable piece about Arkansas televangelist Arnold Murray, pastor of Shepherd’s Chapel. Murray has millions of viewers. In his preaching, Murray attacks an evil race he calls the “Kenites,” who he identifies as the people who killed Christ, now occupy the land of Israel, and who won the Six-Day War — but who Murray insists are not the Jews. As Casey points out, there’s a great deal of evidence to suggest otherwise.

President Obama? Many White Supremacists are Celebrating

By Mark Potok on June 11, 2008 - 11:56 am, Posted in White Supremacist

With the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate clinched, large sections of the white supremacist movement are adopting a surprising attitude: Electing America’s first black president would be a very good thing.

It’s not that the assortment of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, anti-Semites and others who make up this country’s radical right have suddenly discovered that a man should be judged based on the content of his character, not his skin. On the contrary. A growing number of white supremacists, and even some of those who pass for intellectual leaders of their movement, think that a black man in the Oval Office would shock white America, possibly drive millions to their cause, and perhaps even set off a race war that, they hope, would ultimately end in Aryan victory.

“He will make things so bad for white people that hopefully they will finally realize how stupid they were for admiring these jigaboos all these years,” “Darthvader” wrote on the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network web forum. “I believe in the motto ‘Worse is Better’ and Obama certainly fits that description.” Just last week, another poster on the same thread chimed in with this: “I hope Obama wins because in four years, white people just might be pissed off enough to actually do something. … White people aren’t going to do a thing until their toys are taken away from them. So things have to be worse for things to be better.”

“Oh man,” enthused “Centimanus” on the white nationalist Stormfront website. “I am gleefully, sadistically looking forward to Obama as president. … It will be a beautiful day when the masses look at the paper and truly realize they have lost their own country. Added “Fulimnata”: “To the average white man and woman, they could look at Obama and see plain as day that whites are not in control.” Another message, from “TheLastOfMyKind,” agreed: “Could it be that the nomination of Obama finally sparks a sense of unity in white voters? I would propose that this threat of black, muslim [sic] rule may very well be the thing that finally scares some sense back into complacent whites throughout the nation.” “Actually,” said another poster, “if Obama were to win, it would be the best thing that ever happened to the Klan. They would have massive growth.” And “TeutonicLegion” said that “a whole bunch of people will join us and find these boards” if Obama becomes president.

David DukeEven David Duke (right), the neo-Nazi and former Klan boss who is the closest thing the movement has to a real intellectual these days, sees clear advantages in an Obama victory in the fall. “Obama will be a signal, a clear signal for millions of our people,” Duke wrote in an essay entitled “A Black Flag for White America” last week. “Obama is like that new big dark spot on your arm that finally sends you to the doctor for some real medicine. … Obama is the pain that let’s [sic] your body know that something is dreadfully wrong. Obama will let the American people know that there is a real cancer eating away at the heart of our country and Republican aspirin will not only not cure it, but only masks the pain and makes you think you don’t need radical surgery. … My bet is that whether Obama wins or loses in November, millions of European Americans will inevitably react with new awareness of their heritage and the need for them to defend and advance it.” ( continue to full post… )

Most Immigrants Lived in California Illegally, Study Says

By Hatewatch Staff on June 10, 2008 - 2:58 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

More than half of new California immigrants who are permanent legal residents lived in the state illegally before getting green cards, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
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Mexican Consul Visit Moves After Anti-Immigration Protests

By Hatewatch Staff on June 10, 2008 - 2:57 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A Saturday visit from a Mexican consul has been moved to a new location after protests from a local anti-immigration group.
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Laura Ingraham: Right-Wing Radio’s High Priestess of Hate

By Hatewatch Staff on June 10, 2008 - 2:56 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Shock radio host Ingraham is a master of sounding funny and appealing while dishing out the same hate speech as Sean Hannity.
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States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration

By Hatewatch Staff on June 10, 2008 - 2:55 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Three months after the local police inspected more than a dozen businesses searching for illegal immigrants using stolen Social Security numbers, this community in the Florida Panhandle has become more law-abiding, emptier and whiter.
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Liddy Claims Immigrants Want to ‘Reconquer America’

By Hatewatch Staff on June 10, 2008 - 2:37 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

On his radio show, G. Gordon Liddy claimed that undocumented
immigrants from Mexico come to the United States and “want to fly the Mexican flag” and “want to speak Spanish” instead of learning English. Liddy then stated: “They want to reconquer America, they say.”
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