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News Roundup for July 1, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 1, 2011 - 1:52 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime, Klan, Racist Skinheads

DNA evidence has been presented in the trial of two Illinois men alleged to have beaten and robbed a woman because of her sexual orientation. The defense is seeking a possible plea deal over the evidence, which may provide a definitive link to the crime in which the two assailants made anti-gay slurs at the woman before they punched, kicked and robbed her.

The FBI has begun an investigation into a possible hate crime in Nevada. As previously reported, a Native American family claims to have been targeted and assaulted by a group of three skinheads, which led to the arrest of one of the victims, Johnny Bonta, but not the attackers. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is disputing the claims, but concerns have arisen over one of the attackers being the son of a former deputy.

Somerset County, Va., residents are on alert as multiple flyers were found in one town announcing a Ku Klux Klan meeting to be held in the area. Concerns were raised due to three individuals being arrested earlier in the year for vandalizing traffic signs with racial slurs and “KKK.”

A woman has pled guilty to her part in an Arkansas firebombing of the house of a mixed-race couple. Wendy Treybig, 31, pled guilty to obstruction of justice after she lied in court about her knowledge of the event.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Don’t expect Jeronimus to come back. He can’t actually defend his beliefs. He’s probably back on VNN forum bragging about how he went into the belly of the beast and nobody could debate him.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I would say that the vast majority of hatecrimes committed against Natives by non-Natives, usually occur in border towns. But it seems more of it are getting reported to law enforcement than some 15 years or so ago. I supposed that educating both the L.E. agencies and the community about the Hate Crime law and its intent, does seem to serve it purpose. This is why more Native Americans tend to report a hatecrime today whenever/wherever it occurs. Then its up to the law enforcement agencies to enforce it and seek Justice.

    But Blacks still make up the majority of hate crime victims according to the F.B.I. and D of J’s stats.

  • Mitch Beales

    I was reminded yesterday that one of the reasons we are an independent nation is that our forebears considered the immigration policies enforced against prospective Americans by George III too restrictive. “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” Jeronimus the blood, as always, is on the hands of you and your fellow haters. May we all declare our independence from the hate that kills our fellow human beings.

  • skinnyminny

    Where are you? Are you out getting sunburned and guzzling a little beer? LOL!

  • RLavigueur


    Just a theory? That’s amusing, it’d be even more amusing to see your hypothesis whereby the peoples of the Americas who we call indigenous today weren’t the original inhabitants in some fashion that allows some other group to claim the title. There are other theories as to how these people got there, (although most agree that the Bering Strait theory is accurate, they merely disagree about whether or not this was the only method) but almost all see them coming from Asia either by land or along the coastlines by boat. Examining the later theories is difficult, since the end of the last ice age has raised sea levels enough to make all of those old coastlines inaccessible for study.

    Calling them Asians, though, makes about as much sense as insisting that we call all humans Africans, since the human species originated in that continent. More than 10,000 years of relative isolation from the other continents saw the development of an impressive number of unique civilizations and societies across the Americas, none of which have any more in common with Asia than did the societies of Europe. Less, in fact, since neither trade nor migration led to any cultural exchange with Asia, though trade between Polynesian cultures and South America is suggested by some evidence.

    Incidentally, this fact also discredits the idea that the first Americans came from Europe via some form of the coastal migrations and that this means that Europeans were the true indigenous people of the Americas. Even if people did come by that route, that no more left them European thousands of years later than it left them Asian, and Europeans are no more indigenous here as a result than those aforementioned Asians. Ultimately, the distinctions that actually matter are cultural ones rather than genetic, and because of this the debate about how the indigenous people arrived in the Americas is less important than the fact that they were here, and were nearly destroyed in a systematic genocide by settlers from Europe that has continued in some forms all the way into the present day.

  • skinnyminny

    Shadow Wolf,
    Great! There are a lot of problems facing Native Americans that’s not being publicized. It’s sad that no one is paying any attention. However, I’m glad that you and the SPLC is starting to print some of this information. I think it is also sad about the young, disabled boy that was alleged to have been kidnapped/or taken without permission and had a swastika branded on his head about a year ago – and the guys who did this claimed it was a joke.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Why do you supposed that we are called Indigenous, as in–“Native”? Both in the Webster’s and the online dictionary, “Native” means the original inhabitants. In other words–First Peoples, hence the Native American. We own this title, because our ancestors were the first ones to discover this “New World”, laying the foundation for the future of Indigenous peoples, as in “Native”. A new creation of their own identity was born, as opposed to that of “Asian”. Today it’s not logically accurate to say we are “Asians” because our ancestors crossed the Bering Strait. Perhaps that’s more of a genetic topic which is irrelevant.


    ADM_the theory you mentioned is just that A THEORY.

  • Aron Levy


    I’m well aware of the Bering Land Bridge, but since the ancestors of the American Indians crossed that geographic feature some 20,000 years ago, and to my knowledge displaced no other humans in the process. Thus, they can lay claim to the land.

    To me, indigenous means that a people were the first to inhabit a land-area, and have done so for an unspecified, but likely extremely long (tens of thousands of years) time.

    The Aboriginals of Australia. The various Native American peoples. The Ainu of Japan. The countless tribes of South America.

    The list could go on.

    I am an historian of technology by training: not an anthropologist. My definition could be, and very likely is, incorrect. But I do know this: there’s a lot more veracity in my statement than that of Jeronimous. (I liked comment regarding his, by the way. Very short and to the point ;) )



  • A.D.M.

    Well, Aron Levy, the American Indians are descended from migrants, too. They’re really of Asian origin and their ancestors crossed the Bering Strait land bridge, thus populating the land in the western hemisphere. And what does indigenous mean? Whites in South Africa and Zimbabwe aren’t indigenous to those lands, yet they call those nations home, even though they did take the land through colonization and the populations are pretty much decreasing.

    Jeronimus, shut up.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Jeronimus, I have to ask you if you get any reward for being the dumbest person on the planet. First of all, the man seems to be a legal immigrant. Second, the crime rate of immigrants, illegals and legals, is far lower than the rate for the native population.

    How’s this- from now on, you will be held responsible for every crime committed by a white, non-immigrant?

  • Aron Levy


    When did your forefathers come to this country? Unless you are of American Indian blood you are the descendent of an immigrant. We’re tired of pointing that out to you.

    I am a fourth-generation American (I think that’s how it works) as my great-great grandparents brought their family to this country from eastern Europe. I’m the spawn of immigrants. And I’m damned orpine of it, too.

    What about yourself? Got a little bit of shame there? I think you need some serious serious introspection.

    Think about it.


  • skinnyminny

    LOL! You have made some funny comments. I mean really, do you understand what you have said. The names you have said wanted to keep people like the alleged suspect out of the country! Are you serious?

    Okay, then why is it so bad when Americans go into other countries? Let me explain this, it appears that you are basically saying that Americans can go anywhere, anytime they want. On the other hand, people from other countries can’t come here. Is that what you are saying?

    You mentioned AIDS-gang raping…did AIDS come from this country actually? I think it is unknown, in light of AIDS being a world-wide problem, i.e. China, India, and other countries who don’t have a good feeling about blacks in general.

    Why would you want to keep people out of this country? It is finally coming out about people in Guatemala, and here being used in studies for Syphillis and other STD’s. It is finally coming out that women here and in Puerto Rico underwent secret and sometimes not so secret forced sterilizations. There’s also allegations that Coburn, not to long ago did this to a woman – she allegedly had a tubal pregnancy, and he allegedly performed a total hystorectomy – she was younger than 25 and she was black.

    Please explain your inheritance of forefathers. I thought this type of inheritance would be in the U.K. or Europe.

    As far as guilt, it think it would be you. You accuse us of more violence, wow! Let’s take a simple explanation, i.e. drugs, yes, South/Central America has the ‘coca’ plants – these residents/citizens used it to chew the leaf while working to ease hunger…You guys are the ones who turned it into a drug that targets poor people into addiction. BTW, meth is in Guam, I don’t believe this is something the people there thought of to get high. And heroin, please, again this is affecting poor people. Growing up in Los Angeles, the only people I saw or knew about using this was Vietnam war vets. Perhaps someone needs to think about the spread and use of illegal drugs that has caused a lot of this breakdown and decline in society.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I am both aghast and angry at the incident in Nevada. How we are 11 years into the 21st century, yet the ineptitude of the White man’s Judicial and Justice system our Sierra-Nevada Indigenous is still biased, as if nothing had changed. It was clear that they have tried in vain to sweep this henious hatecrime incident under the rug. Indian Country did not allow that to happen and it was eventually reported by the local media and SPLC.

    I have circled this news in Indian Country, so it can gather more attention, response and support for Johnny B. and his family. In hopes that they will receive Justice.

  • Jeronimus

    Isaiah Kalebu appears to be an African immigrant:


    The blood is on the hands of the SPLC for attacking people like John Tanton and Peter Brimelow, who want to keep people like Isaiah Kalebu out of this country. In fact, all the violence and death caused by immigrants is on the hands of Open Borders fanatics and the Treason Lobby, which includes the SPLC. This is a lot more violence than anything by so-called “right wing extremists” who just want to maintain the country they inherited from their forefathers, rather than letting it be turned into a country of murderous, superstitious, clitoris cutting, AIDS-gang-raping, pea-brained Isaiah Kalebus.

    It is you who are the guilty ones.

  • Sam Molloy

    Re: Johnny Bonta. You can’t come into our country and start trouble. Oh. My mistake.

  • Difluoroethene

    Any information on where Kalebu is from? It sounds like an African name, and from what I can tell, in many African countries (Uganda being just one, Malawi another), anti-gay violence is sadly very common, so common that it’s almost a cultural norm over there.