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Anti-‘Genocide’ Protests Around Nation Were Organized by Neo-Nazis

By Hatewatch Staff on February 29, 2012 - 4:44 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi

Small protests against the “genocide” of white South Africans took place in 11 states Monday, drawing a smattering of media accounts that noted that some leftist counter-protesters accused the demonstrators of being white supremacists.

But the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee quoted Michael Myers, a coordinator for the South Africa Project (SAP) from Oakland, Calif., denying that SAP was racist and complaining that “when a white person tries to stick up for an issue based on race, they’re automatically labeled racist, neo-Nazi Klan members.” The Bee did note that the SAP page later “chided ‘those of you who call yourselves White Nationalists’ who didn’t participate,” but did not further explore the nature of the group beyond noting one marcher’s anti-Semitic comment. The Associated Press also reported that counter-protesters accused SAP of being white supremacist, but, like the Bee, did not report any further on the allegation. ( continue to full post… )

Mental Exam Ordered for Arizona ‘Sovereign’ Double Murder Suspect

By Leah Nelson on February 28, 2012 - 2:23 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

Arizona officials say a murder suspect who used language reminiscent of that employed by antigovernment “sovereign” citizens during court appearances must undergo a mental competency exam before returning to court, the Arizona Republic reported yesterday.

Michael Lee Crane, 31, of Mesa, Ariz., pleaded not guilty yesterday to three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, two count of armed robbery, and several counts of arson and theft. He is accused of killing Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro in their home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., home on Jan. 30, then setting fire to the couple’s home in an attempt to conceal the crime. ( continue to full post… )

White Supremacist Convicted in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bombing

By Bill Morlin on February 27, 2012 - 2:14 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

Notorious white supremacist Dennis Mahon faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted in Phoenix on charges related to mailing a pipe bomb to a diversity officer who is African-American.

Mahon, 61, was convicted Friday of conspiracy to damage buildings and property with explosives; malicious damage of a building by means of explosives; and distribution of information related to explosives. His twin brother, Daniel Mahon, was acquitted on a single federal charge of conspiracy to damage buildings and property.

The mostly white jury determined the bombing was not a hate crime. ( continue to full post… )

Alaska Birther Launches ‘Sovereign’ Attack on ‘Mulatto’ Obama

By Leah Nelson on February 24, 2012 - 5:01 pm, Posted in Birther Extremism, Neo-Confederate, Sovereign Citizens

An Alaska man who is challenging President Barack Obama’s eligibility for office on the grounds that the president is a “mulatto” based his complaint on an argument common to the neo-Confederate and antigovernment “sovereign citizen” movements, Hatewatch has learned.

In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Alaska Division of Elections, Gordon Warren Epperly of Juneau argued that Obama isn’t eligible for office because, as a person of mixed-race descent, he is not a “natural-born citizen” of the United States. ( continue to full post… )

After Debate With SPLC, a Professor Offers a Bizarre Take

By Mark Potok on February 24, 2012 - 11:23 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Apparently, it’s a lot easier to declare victory than to actually win it.

At least that’s my takeaway from a comment today from Vanderbilt University law school professor Carol Swain, who I debated, along with two others, this Tuesday at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Nashville, Tenn. The four of us formed a panel to discuss “Anatomy of Hate: Free Speech Implications.”

In a story at OneNewsNow, a “news” service run by the gay-bashing hate group American Family Association, Swain, a black religious conservative who claims that Christians’ speech is being stifled in America, is quoted like this: “I thought it was great to see Mark Potok make concessions and to admit that we have a right to religious freedom and to actually be in a situation where even he has to admit, whether he says it overtly or not, that there’s a problem with labeling individuals and groups as ‘hate groups’ just because they express their religious beliefs.”

Come again, professor? I “conceded” that Christians have a right to religious freedom? I “admitted” that it’s bad to list hate groups? Are you smoking something? ( continue to full post… )

Reality Show Celebrates Hate Group Leader as American Patriot

By Leah Nelson on February 23, 2012 - 5:28 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

In a move that is sure to endear it permanently to America’s nativist extremist demographic, the Outdoor Channel last night featured hate group leader Glenn Spencer on “Border Battles,” a recently debuted reality show about “what it takes to protect our nation’s borders from drug smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism.” ( continue to full post… )

Nativist Lawyer Kris Kobach Plays Dumb About His Employer’s Racism

By Heidi Beirich on February 23, 2012 - 11:42 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino

Anti-immigrant law drafter extraordinaire Kris Kobach continues to play dumb about the racist organization bankrolling his efforts, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and its founder John Tanton. In a piece published by Salon yesterday, Kobach, who is also the Kansas secretary of state, was quoted claiming that he is “not familiar with [Tanton’s] writings or his views.” He also said: “I have not done any legal work for any organization that expresses or supports racial discrimination, nor will I ever do so in the future. ”

Really, Kris? ( continue to full post… )

One-Time Rising Nativist Star Arrested for Stabbing in Georgia

By Ryan Lenz on February 22, 2012 - 3:13 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist

A judge in Georgia has denied bail for William Dustin Gold, a one-time rising star in anti-immigrant circles, following his arrest last week on charges he stabbed a 38-year-old reality TV producer with whom he was working.

Producer Marcus Fox had been shooting a commercial with Gold for several days at a Gainesville, Ga., car dealership as part of a President’s Day sales event. On Feb. 16, as production dragged on, tensions flared and a fight erupted at a rented home near Lake Lanier, about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, according to news reports. It was there, police said, that Gold stabbed Fox in the stomach.

Fox was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was listed Wednesday in stable condition. ( continue to full post… )

Animal Rights Activist Charged With Murder Solicitation, a First

By Mark Potok on February 22, 2012 - 2:14 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime

A 27-year-old animal rights activist living with her parents in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was arrested by federal officials yesterday and charged with asking a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur who was “at least 12 years old.” It was a first in the animal rights movement, whose most radical activists have repeatedly threatened violence and carried out arson attacks but never directly sought to kill someone.

Meredith Marie Lowell was charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder after she corresponded extensively with an undercover law enforcement official who she allegedly sought to pay $730 to carry out the murder at a local library. She suggested he use a gun with a silencer or a “sharp knife that is at least 4 inches long” that could be used to stab the victim to death or slit his or her throat. ( continue to full post… )

Kevin DeAnna, All Grown Up, Steps Down as YWC President

By Leah Nelson on February 21, 2012 - 11:15 am, Posted in White Supremacist

Kevin DeAnna has stepped down as president of Youth for Western Civilization, the ultraconservative student group he founded in 2006 and has run ever since.

“Comrades, I’m extremely proud of everything YWC has accomplished over the last few years,” the 28-year-old wrote in a letter posted on the group’s website Feb. 17. But, “for various personal (namely, I’m old) and professional reasons, I will no longer be in charge of YWC. For those of you who know me, I’ll still be working in the conservative movement but I’ll be doing different things and won’t be associated with what YWC will be doing after this.”

Those “different things” appear to already be happening. Recently, DeAnna changed his Twitter profile to describe himself as “marketing coordinator” for WorldNetDaily (WND), a far-right online publication best known for its anti-Obama “birther” propaganda. Apparently, he’ll also be serving as a reporter: His first item, a fawning interview with white nationalist pundit Pat Buchanan, appeared Sunday on WND. ( continue to full post… )