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Anti-Racists Charged in Attack on White Nationalists

By Marilyn Elias on May 21, 2012 - 4:39 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Five Indiana men were charged today in a violent attack Saturday that injured 10 alleged participants in a meeting to plan white nationalist strategy at a suburban Chicago restaurant.

Anti-Racist Action (ARA), a loosely organized group that fights racism, took credit on its website for the attacks, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the suspects are members. The group does have a Hoosier chapter. ARA spokespeople did not respond to E-mail requests for interviews.

The men were charged with felony mob action, felony aggravated battery and felony criminal damage to property, according to Steven Neubauer, chief of police in Tinley Park, Ill. The alleged attack took place just after noon at the Ashford House Restaurant. The men charged are Jason Sutherlin of Gossport, Ind.; Cody Sutherlin, Dylan Sutherlin and Robert Stuck of Bloomington, Ind.; and John Tucker of Spencer, Ind.

Police also charged two men who were at the meeting that was targeted. Neubauer said the men told police they were members of the European Heritage Association. It’s a white supremacist group that organized the meeting through posts on the Stormfront white nationalist website. The meeting was called the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet. The two charged were Steven Eugene Speers of Grand Forks, N.D., arrested on a warrant for child pornography, and Francis John Gilroy Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL, charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

Police are continuing to investigate the attack, hoping to identify up to 13 others who may have participated and then fled.

About 18 attackers, wearing masks and dressed in black, allegedly threw bats, hammers and chairs after entering the restaurant, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Ten were injured, with three treated at local hospitals.  Damage to the restaurant totaled $10,000 to $15,000, according to co-owner Mike Winston.

“When they made the reservation to meet here, they claimed to be from an Irish heritage group,” Winston told Hatewatch. “We don’t ask people what political agendas they have, and we don’t know any of these groups.” The pub and restaurant, in a heavily Irish suburb on the south side of Chicago, is family-owned. “Our average patron is 50 to 70 years old. We’ve never had anything like this happen in our 15 years at this location.”

Daryle Lamont Jenkins of the anti-racist One People’s Project (OPP) said plans for the meeting had been mentioned on Stormfront. “But we didn’t know anything about the attack,” Jenkins said. “This came out of nowhere for us.”

Some of the alleged organizers of the Tinley Park meeting, those who posted on Stormfront, were on a membership list of neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement that OPP posted on its website in March. The ARA group may have matched some of the names from the Stormfront planning group with that NSM membership list, Jenkins noted.

The ARA alleged that among meeting organizers were Shawn Kayden and Jeffrey Burns of the NSM and Beckie Williams of the Council of Conservative Citizens. The CCC is a white nationalist hate group formed out of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to defend school segregation. The CCC’s website has referred to blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity.” The group is also anti-Semitic, anti-gay and anti-immigrant. Burns also has been linked to the American Third Position, a California-based white supremacist group that aims to deport non-white immigrants and return the U.S. to white rule.

The ARA website pledges to fight racist and fascist groups partly “by denying (them) the opportunity to monopolize public spaces and by denying racists and fascists the chance to turn public spaces into spaces that are hostile toward people of color, women, immigrants, queers and trans folks, the disabled and others.” The group pledges to use “innovative, creative and highly effective tactics.”

There was initial speculation that the Tinley Park attacks might be linked to protesters against the NATO summit meeting in Chicago on Sunday and Monday. No links so far have been confirmed between either group and the NATO summit, said police chief Neubauer.

  • Daniel Hyde

    Aron (and others),

    Like most of the other contributors to this thread, Aron, you are being intellectually dishonest. Mothman makes a valid point, and Darwin’s observations were accurate. There indeed are marked differences between races, on both physical and intellectual levels. Why is that so hard for people to be honest about and to accept? And, subsequently, to move past? No racial superiority rant here – just simple scientific observation.

    Most “Americans” I know, whatever their racial origins, are fed up with state-sponsored racial programs that cater to specific races. These programs create division, resentment, and are all-too-often abused by those they are targeted towards. NOTHING good comes of them. Moreover, many people are simply fed up with state-sponsored “multiculturalism” in general. They ask, “Why is it constantly being shoved down our throats?” And the more it’s forced on them, the more they resent it. Also, let’s be honest – it DOESN’T work. Humans are tribal by nature. Sorry – it’s that simple. We instinctively gravitate towards those we are most similar to, racially and otherwise. (Yes, that infers differences, doesn’t it? Don’t you just love logic?) Ultimately, as a collective, we desperately need to accept these simple facts.

    When we choose to ignore scientific observations simply because they don’t fit “modern” social or political status quos (or personal agendas, for that matter), we are comitting an act of cowardice. We are hiding from the truth. All too popular a practice, in this day and age.

    You personally, Aron, chose to ignore reasonably valuable information, and countered with flimsy arguments (your “social science” argument was amusing), and then hurled insults at everyone whom you disagreed with. Ah, but it’s so easy to just exclaim, “Racist!”, rather than to look at things logically, isn’t it? You *can* do better.

    Sadly, I can count on one hand the people I have met in my lifetime that analyze situations and data in essentially an unvarnished, purely logical manner. Try it some time – it’s amazing what you will find, IF you succeed. But, alas, don’t expect to be popular for doing so, should you succeed. (Don’t worry – it’s well worth it)

    Good Day.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mothman,

    Darwin published in 1871. Social science was just a LITTLE bit different back then. And James Watson is widely regarded as a racist ass who says things very few people agree with.

    Much like yourself.

  • Mothman

    If race is a “social construct” then how can it be determined through a DNA test?

    If race doesn’t matter why did Charles Darwin say it did? Why did the co-discoverer of DNA, James Watson, admit that Blacks are not the equals of Whites intellectually?

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Hey Mark, what the Hell is a ‘European American?’ And if you don’t like Ruslan’s exposition, go back to Stormfront.

    Oh wait. You can’t. LOLOLOL!!!

  • Mark P

    I want to point out that some of us know who supported these thugs.

    Can you imagine if some European Americans came rushing through the SPLC building smashing heads of the Israeli Firsters?

  • Mark P

    Ruslan Amirkhanov can you be brief? You monopolize the entire discussion with your ridiculously long diatribe!

    STFU!

    See how short this message is and how I got my point across?

  • Alan Aardman

    It seems as though this ARA chapter may need some remedial instruction on how to combat prejudice.

    Organizing against hate is like performing surgery: there are a few correct ways to do it and a whole bunch of incorrect ways to do it.

  • Reynardine

    That it does. On the other hand, shiners happen.

  • Lex

    Well sorry but beating people up is illegal and must be punished according to law even if it’s beatin nazi jerks.
    We cannot justify violence
    Eye for an eye makes the world go blind

  • Dov

    It hasn’t been a particularly good year for neo-Nazi white supremacists in general. J.T. Ready: DEAD…David Lynch: DEAD…16 members of the American Front: ARRESTED/INDICTED…Dennis Mahon: PRISON (until he dies)…Federal Marshals looking for Bill White…. dozens more white supremacists are being investigated and/or indicted by the authorities – now these two in the restaurant. It would appear that the white power movement is contributing more to their demise then the antifas, eh? These types don’t have a lot of brain power at their disposal. Just leave them to themselves, and the hate mongers will shortly become extinct.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Wise David, you and I are essentially on the same page, here, only the provocation itself should not take place until the *holes have left the premises. (Ideally, you lure them into an ally).

  • Sam Damnit

    Nazi pedophiles. No surprise there.