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Crackdown Results In Latino Exodus

By Hatewatch Staff on September 9, 2008 - 9:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Around 25,000 Latinos have left Tulsa County since Oklahoma enacted a harsh immigration law that critics say fostered a climate of fear and racism.
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‘Pro-America’ Rally Staged Near Site Of Immigrant’s Beating Death

By Hatewatch Staff on September 9, 2008 - 9:00 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The anti-immigration group Voice of the People held a “pro-immigration enforcement” rally in Shenandoah, Pa., where three white teenagers beat a Mexican immigrant to death on July 12.
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Fourth Teenager Charged In Mexican Immigrant’s Beating Death

By Hatewatch Staff on September 9, 2008 - 9:00 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A white 17-year-old Schuylkill County resident was charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other counts related to the July 12 beating death of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez.
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Calling All Hatewatchers: Introducing the Dobbsy

By Mark Potok on September 8, 2008 - 5:24 pm, Posted in Dobbsy Awards

Today on CNN, Lou Dobbs kicks off his “Independent Convention” — his answer to the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions of the past two weeks.

We figured this would be a great time to introduce a new tongue-in-cheek award, to be given to “mainstream” figures — politicians, pundits, preachers and pedants — who make utterly false or misleading statements that have the effect of denigrating or defaming an entire group of people.

Naturally, we’re calling it the Dobbsy.

After all, who has made this kind of mainstream defamation more infamous than the man who insisted, despite a huge mountain of evidence to the contrary, that 7,000 new cases of leprosy had appeared in a recent three-year span, thanks largely to immigrants? Dobbs, of course. He even told Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes”: “If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

Dobbs did report it. But it wasn’t a fact.

Even though “60 Minutes,” The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Columbia Journalism Review, Media Matters for America, and others showed that his numbers were inflated (by a factor of about 17), he declined to retract the claim. Demonstrating that his source was an extreme-right migrant-hater with no expertise in immigration or disease failed to budge the host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” either. In round after media round, Dobbs refused to admit he had been wrong.

Dobbs isn’t alone, of course, in spreading misinformation in the media. That’s why we are launching the Dobbsy — because some exaggerations and falsehoods uttered by mainstream figures are simply so outrageous that they demand special recognition.

We’d like to ask our readers to join us in the search for these propagandists. Please send us your nominations, along with any links or other supporting evidence for what they said and why they’re factually wrong. We will occasionally select one of these for a Dobbsy citation and write-up, and at some point, we’ll have a grand competition in which we’ll ask readers for their help in selecting a “winner.”

To get us into the spirit of things, we reprint here a short but unforgettable extract of Dobbs’ interview with Lesley Stahl (full disclosure: I criticized Dobbs in that same “60 Minutes” segment), which aired on May 6, 2007:

STAHL: We checked and found a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying 7,000 is the number of leprosy cases over the last 30 years, not the past three, and nobody knows how many of those cases involved immigrants. Now we went to try and check that number, 7,000. We can’t. Just so you know…

DOBBS: Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it’s a fact.

STAHL: You can’t tell me that. You did report it…

DOBBS: Well, no, I just did.

STAHL: How can you guarantee that to me?

DOBBS: Because I’m the managing editor, and that’s the way we do business. We don’t make up numbers, Lesley. Do we?

I think that gives our intrepid readers an idea of what we’re looking for. Go out, be fruitful, and send us your findings. It won’t be long before we award the first Dobbsy. They say they don’t make up numbers. But do they?

Submit your own Dobbsy Award nomination

Militant Wing of Hebrew Israelite Movement Growing and Radicalizing

By Heidi Beirich on September 5, 2008 - 5:01 pm, Posted in Black Separatist, Podcasts

On this week’s podcast, Mark Potok and I talk about our new Intelligence Report cover story, “Ready for War,” which is about the black supremacist wing of the Hebrew Israelite movement. With an increasingly militant leadership, this movement has been spreading across the country, preaching a frightening, racist theology that says Jesus Christ is returning soon to kill or enslave white people, Jews, homosexuals, and others.

White Nationalists Applaud American Enterprise Institute Fellow

By Sonia Scherr on September 4, 2008 - 7:26 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Ever heard the classic breakup line, “It’s not you, it’s me”?

That, in a nutshell, is the thesis of the book The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal by Mark Krikorian, who heads the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates sharply reducing immigration. Krikorian argues that, while the immigrants coming here now are similar to those that arrived a century ago, the United States has undergone profound changes that make it much less able to absorb newcomers.

But at a recent discussion of Krikorian’s book that aired on C-SPAN, a young academic offered a different twist on Krikorian’s argument — one that’s far more appealing to white nationalists. Jason Richwine, a doctoral student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, essentially asserted, “It’s partly me, but there’s no question it’s you, too.”

Or, as he actually said: “The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong, and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will.” Not only do people of the same race tend to stick together, Richwine said, but “races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ.”

Not surprisingly, Richwine’s remarks were warmly received on white nationalist blogs. “Definitely someone we want to keep our eye on,” wrote Marcus Epstein on the blog of the anti-immigration hate site

“[His] name sounds Jewish, which makes what follows even more remarkable,” crowed Larry Auster, who runs the blog View from the Right.

Richwine joined Krikorian and Fred Siegal, a professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, for the July 1 discussion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential, conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Richwine, who is completing a dissertation on immigration and IQ, is a National Research Initiative fellow at AEI and will remain there after finishing his degree this fall. He joins AEI-sponsored scholar Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, the highly controversial 1994 book that argues that blacks and Latinos have lower IQs than whites and that most social welfare and affirmative action programs are doomed to failure as a result. ( continue to full post… )

Bizarre ‘Report’ Blames Immigrants For Global Warming

By Hatewatch Staff on September 2, 2008 - 8:51 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigration think tank, offers the contorted argument that immigration to the U.S. is responsible for increased carbon dioxide emissions.
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Nativist Group’s Effort To Recall Phoenix Mayor Fails

By Hatewatch Staff on September 2, 2008 - 8:49 am, Posted in Uncategorized

America Citizens United’s campaign to recall Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who many nativists view as soft on immigration law enforcement, failed when the group missed a deadline for turning in petition signatures.
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Minuteman Rally Fizzles

By Hatewatch Staff on September 2, 2008 - 8:47 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A Minuteman Civil Defense Corps rally held in Denver to coincide with the Democratic National Convention drew only a dozen people.
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Hate Group Leader Speaks At American Legion “National Security Convention”

By Hatewatch Staff on September 2, 2008 - 8:45 am, Posted in Uncategorized

American Patrol leader Glenn Spencer appeared with anti-immigrant hardliner Frosty Woolridge at a three-day nativist event hosted by American Legion Post 1111 in Bloomfield, Colo.
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