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Ousted Bronx Principal Asks Racists to Support his Libel Suit

By Heidi Beirich on March 9, 2012 - 8:18 am, Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Immigrant

Frank Borzellieri is making a “desperate appeal” to supporters of the academic racist group American Renaissance to back his legal defense fund. Borzellieri was fired last August from his post as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx after his connection to American Renaissance and his racist views were made public by the New York Daily News. His opinions were deemed “incompatible” with Catholic teachings by the Archdiocese of New York.

In 2004, Borzellieri wrote a book, Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies, in which he declared “diversity is a weakness” and claimed that rising black and Latino populations in America will lead to a “New Dark Age.” He had spoken at American Renaissance conferences and been published in its newsletter, which argues that blacks and Latinos are inferior to whites.

While serving as principal for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, Borzellieri reportedly pushed to ban a biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., remove an openly gay teacher and gay-rights activist from the classroom at Public School 199 in Sunnyside and bar school employees from making any references to homosexuality. He also introduced a resolution calling for students to be taught that U.S. culture is superior. ( continue to full post… )

New SPLC Report: ‘Patriot’ Movement Explodes

By Mark Potok on March 8, 2012 - 7:28 am, Posted in Hate Groups, Intelligence Report, Patriot Groups, Year-End

The number of antigovernment “Patriot” groups grew at an astounding pace last year, as it has in all three years of the Obama presidency, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual count of extremist groups, released today. The number of these groups rose from 824 in 2010 to 1,274 last year.

This dramatic expansion of the radical right was driven by fears related to economic dislocation, the country’s changing racial makeup, and the prospect of four more years under our first black president. The campaign season, with its vitriolic rhetoric, has also contributed to the overheated atmosphere that is fostering these groups. In addition, many politicians and other public figures increasingly have been pushing conspiracy theories and demonizing rhetoric into the political mainstream.

The report on SPLC’s annual count and review of the last year in American extremism may be found here. The table of contents for the entire new issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report is here. What follows are synopses of the major stories found in the new edition. ( continue to full post… )

Pot, Meet Kettle: JBS Rips Sovereigns as ‘Paranoid’ Conspiracists

By Leah Nelson on March 2, 2012 - 1:55 pm, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

A note to right-wing extremists: When the John Birch Society (JBS) condemns your movement as a “fringe group” whose followers are “paranoid” “conspiracy theorists” who “occasionally go off the deep end … when confronted with reality,” it’s time for some serious soul-searching. ( continue to full post… )

Alabama ‘Sovereign’ Kingpin Loses Land, Prompting Worries

By Ryan Lenz on March 1, 2012 - 4:42 pm, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

Not even antigovernment “sovereign citizen” James Timothy Turner, who has made a living teaching people sovereign tactics he claims will allow them to beat the banks, can save himself when it comes right down to it.

On Feb. 22, Hatewatch has learned, the People’s South Bank in Ozark, Ala., foreclosed on two parcels of rural land totaling roughly 52 acres after Turner failed to make payments on a mortgage dating to June 2006. The same day the foreclosure was filed, the land was auctioned off on the steps of the Dale County Courthouse. The bank bought the land, and there wasn’t a peep of protest from Turner, a man who tells others how to defy the government. He didn’t even show.

But it’s the weeks ahead that have some in law enforcement worried. Will the man who has professed defiance of government for years stand idly by as the courts deliver an eviction notice? Or will the “president” of the Republic for the united States of American (RuSA), the nation’s largest sovereign group, stand firm against what he has called “the big tyrannical federal government” and its banks? ( continue to full post… )

Nevada Neo-Nazis Charged in Double Murder of Anti-Racist Skinheads

By Bill Morlin on March 1, 2012 - 3:02 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Contents of a cell phone found two years ago by federal investigators may have provided key information to the unraveling of a racially motivated, brutal double murder that took place 14 years ago in the Nevada desert.

Melissa Hack, 37, her brother, Ross Hack, 40, and Leland Jones, 31, are charged with first-degree murder and firearms offenses in a federal indictment unsealed yesterday in Las Vegas. All have previous ties with neo-Nazi skinhead groups, authorities say. ( continue to full post… )