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Hatewatch Headlines 5/15/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 15, 2015 - 8:50 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes proclaims John McCain a traitor who should be ‘hung by the neck until dead.’

Right Wing Watch: Jade Helm and eight other paranoid takeover plots that keep right-wing extremists up at night.

KUSA-TV (Denver): Boulder man faces hate-crime charges for brutal assault on transgender person at bus stop.

CNN: Georgia principal fired after racist graduation remarks about black people leaving early.

Media Matters: Fox’s Andrea Tantaros claims there’s discrimination against white men, wonders where the groups defending them are.

Police Find Explosive Liquid in Home of Militia Author Kurt Saxon

By Bill Morlin on May 14, 2015 - 10:33 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Militias
Kurt Saxon.

Kurt Saxon.

It apparently came as no surprise to local police in the tiny community of Alpena, Ark., when they found explosive materials last week in the former home of Kurt Saxon, considered by some to be the father of modern antigovernment survivalists.

Saxon has been in a nursing home since suffering a stroke about three years ago, according to various reports. His former home recently sold and remodeling crews discovered the explosive material, Alpena Police Chief Mark S. Bailey told Hatewatch.

“There were explosive materials, but there wasn’t a bomb,” Baily said, describing the item removed as “liquid in a bottle.”

After the explosive material was discovered last Friday at his former residence, Alpena police evacuated neighbors within 300 feet. Two hours later, the liquid explosive material was safely taken to a quarry where bomb squad technicians used a small explosive device to destroy it last week, Bailey said. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Arkansas State Police, were involved, the Harrison Daily Times reported. Other “hazardous material” – described by the Alpena chief as “chemicals” – remain in the home and will be removed by specially equipped contractors, the Alpena chief told Hatewatch.

Born Donald Eugene Sisco, he changed his name to Kurt Saxon because he considered himself to be curt and a Saxon. He later moved from Eureka, Calif., to Arkansas and got into the publishing business in the 1970s after involvement in the American Nazi Party, the John Birch Society, the Minutemen and the Church of Scientology.

Saxon wrote and prospered from a series of books, including “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” that describe how to make homemade bombs, poisons, firearms and chemicals. His books, frequently sold at gun shows, became widely popular with survivalists, militia and assorted antigovernment “Patriots,” and reportedly made Saxon wealthy before he squandered his fortune.

His neighbors described Saxon, now 83 and in failing health, “as a good neighbor who occasionally blew up things,” the Harrison Daily Times reported.

“They were never big explosions,” the neighbors told the newspaper. “Saxon just wanted to see if his experiments worked,” claiming that “he never did anything that couldn’t be found by going to the library and looking it up.”

The Alpena police chief said he has had previous contacts with Saxon, but didn’t question him about the recent discovery of explosive material. There was one report that investigators went to the nursing home in an attempt to question Saxon, but he wasn’t arrested.

“We’re mindful of whom he is and what he’s capable of, but we’ve never really had any issues with him,” Bailey told Hatewatch. “To me, as a police officer, he was — I don’t know exactly how to say this — I guess he was polite enough but not overly excited about helping police.” The chief said he believed Saxon expressed an anti-police, antigovernment sentiment.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/14/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 14, 2015 - 9:09 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

NBC New York: Long Island Ku Klux Klan members take public stance, say their numbers are growing.

Right Wing Watch: Poll finds that one-third of Republicans believe President Obama wants to invade Texas under ‘Jade Helm’ pretext.

Raw Story: Pollster Frank Luntz touts woman who calls immigrants ‘rats and roaches’ onstage at South Carolina GOP event.

Salon: What a principal’s racist rant shows us about the state of American education.

Times-Picayune (New Orleans): Self-described ‘militiamen’ arrested for carrying rifles in firearm-free zone near LSU campus.

Media Matters: NRA debuts its 2016 conspiracy theory – now it’s Hillary who is coming for our guns.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/13/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 13, 2015 - 8:57 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Grio: FBI’s warning ten years ago that law enforcement agencies were being infiltrated by white supremacists went ignored.

Imagine 2050: Anti-Muslim group’s scary new website poses as a legitimate law enforcement tool.

Right Wing Watch: Richard Mack suggests states nullify federal income tax, hopes process will be ‘peaceful.’

Media Matters: Allen West says he was a victim of Sharia law at a Wal-Mart liquor aisle.

Wonkette: Holocaust denier David Cole thinks there should be Nuremburg-style trials for climate scientists.

Raw Story: South Dakota hospital fires nurses after racist anti-Indian video rant goes viral.

CNN: San Francisco officers’ arrests are under review as slur-filled racist texts are revealed.

Anti-Abortion Extremist Neal Horsley Has Died

By Hatewatch Staff on May 12, 2015 - 5:09 pm, Posted in Anti-Abortion

Hardline anti-abortion activist Otis O’Neal “Neal” Horsley, Jr., perhaps most famous for compiling a public collection of dossiers called the “Nuremberg Files” on abortion supporters and providers, has died. He was 70.

According to a post on his Facebook page, Horsley died “peacefully while surrounded by his family,” on April 13, 2015, in Carrollton, Ga. A cause of death was not announced, but social media posts last December and November asked for prayers to heal Horsley and another made reference to liver disease.

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Hatewatch Headlines 5/12/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 12, 2015 - 9:47 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Political Research Associates: Christian right leaders escalate anti-LGBTQ threats.

Denver Channel: Antigovernment “sovereign citizen” accused of sending white powder hoax sent to Jewish sites in Colorado.

Times-Picayune: Self-proclaimed Militia members arrested for carrying rifles in firearm free zone near LSU campus

Right Wing Watch: Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes: John McCain ‘should be hung by the neck until dead.’

Raw Story: Georgia principal blames Satan for her racist graduation rant as son defends her on Facebook with racist slurs.

Lincoln Times-News (NC): Board of commissioners chairman says only Christian prayers welcome before government meetings.

Last defendant in Mississippi hate crime spree sentenced

By Don Terry on May 11, 2015 - 4:35 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Hate Crime

For weeks in the spring of 2011, a caravan of white suburban teenagers and young adults would pile into a green Ford-250 pickup truck and another vehicle and go hunting for African Americans to harass and assault in the streets of Jackson, Miss., the state capital.

They attacked people with slingshots and beer bottles, fists and feet, sometimes shouting “White Power” as they sped away. The reign of terror culminated in the death of a 47-year-old black auto plant worker, James Anderson, who was badly beaten and then deliberately run over with the truck by his pursuers in the early morning hours of June 26, 2011.

James Anderson

James Anderson

Since then, 9 members of the group have been sent to prison after pleading guilty in the string of attacks and are serving terms that range from life for the driver of the pickup, Deryl Dedmon, to five years for one of the young women riding along.

On Friday, the 10th and last member of the group, Robert Henry Rice, 24, was sentenced in federal court in Jackson to 10 years behind bars for his role in the attacks that stretched from April 1 to the death of Anderson on June 26.

“These are thugs, that’s the only way to describe them,” U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate said at the sentencing on Friday, according to USA Today. “This defendant came to Jackson multiple times to enjoy this aspect of ‘fun’ that they were going to perpetuate on innocent African Americans.”

Rice, of Brandon, Miss., was not present during the killing of Anderson but he had participated in at least three earlier assaults on African Americans, USA Today reports.

Rice’s day of judgment came five months after he pleaded guilty in January to one count of violating the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr., act, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $250,000.

“The hate crimes to which these defendants have pleaded guilty were as shocking as they were reprehensible – targeting innocent people for racially motivated acts of violence inflicted grievous harm and even claimed a life,” then Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement at the time. “This landmark case should send a clear message: that anyone who commits an act of bias-motivated violence, or who violates the civil rights to which all Americans are entitled, will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

For weeks before Anderson was killed, the teenagers cruised the nighttime streets of Jackson, drinking beer and searching for African Americans to attack. They threw beer bottles and shot metal ball bearings out of moving vehicles at African American pedestrians. Near a golf course, they beat a man so badly that he begged for his life.

Then in the pre-dawn darkness of June 26, 2011 they came across Anderson in the parking lot of a motel. He appeared to be intoxicated, the perfect target. A couple of the young men took turns punching Anderson in the face. Then Dedmon deliberately ran him over with the pickup truck.

As the teens left the lot, one of them shouted “White Power.”

 

 

Suspect arrested in white powder threats to Jewish groups

By Bill Morlin on May 11, 2015 - 2:08 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Hate Crime

Authorities in Colorado have arrested a 32-year-old man on hate crime-related charges for sending white powder envelopes deemed as threats to two Jewish organizations during Passover last month.

Jeffrey Thomas Klinkel, of Boulder, Colo., has been charged with two counts of felony menacing, two counts of interfering with an educational institution and two counts of using a hoax explosive or biological weapon. Following his arrest on Thursday, he also was charged with a failure-to-appear warrant related to a previous criminal case in Erie, Colo., jail records show.

Boulder County Jail Booking Photo

Boulder County Jail Booking Photo

The charges are related to letters containing white powder sent in early April, during Passover, to the Boulder Jewish Community Center and Congregation Har HaShem, a Jewish place of worship in Boulder, authorities say.

The threat letters resulted in the evacuations of a dozen children from the Jewish Center and a response by the Boulder County hazmat team, according to media reports.

The note in the envelope delivered to the Jewish Community Center said: “This Goyim is enjoying the blood of her enemies for Passover,” according to court documents. A similar note accompanied the envelope sent to Congregation Har HaShem.

The white powder in both envelopes was corn starch, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. A forensic examination also turned up Klinkel’s fingerprint on both letters, charging documents say.

Investigators searched Klinkel’s parents’ home, where he sometimes lived, and recovered books covering “multiple religious views and conspiracy theories,” the Colorado Spring Gazette reported.  Authorities didn’t immediately return telephone calls Monday from Hatewatch, seeking additional details.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder City Police, U.S. Postal Inspectors and the FBI jointly handled the investigation.

Scott L. Levin, Mountain States Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement commending investigators for their inter-agency cooperation that led to the suspect’s arrest.

“We hope that in the coming days as formal charges are brought against him, that the Boulder District Attorney will also issue bias-motivated charges if they are found to be warranted,” Levin said.

“While we are relieved that no one was harmed, Levin said, the letters “were clearly sent to scare the staff, members and others who may visit these institutions.  These incidents serve as a reminder that we must all be vigilant about security.”

Fox-Driven Outrage Over ASU Professor’s Course on ‘Whiteness’ Drew Threats, Neo-Nazi Activists

By David Neiwert on May 11, 2015 - 10:19 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi

English professor Lee Bebout intended to be thought-provoking when he offered a course at Arizona State University (ASU) titled “Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.” He had no idea that it would also provoke the wrath of, first, Fox News viewers, and then, white supremacists, sparking protests on campus, and yet ultimately drawing the explicit support of ASU administrators.

English professor Lee Bebout

English professor Lee Bebout

But that’s what happened after Bebout listed the course for ASU’s spring semester. Now, having survived a barrage of hate mail and protests, he can only say he’s relieved the ordeal appears to be over.

“I’ve been a lot less stressed lately,” he told Hatewatch. “There were moments of anxiety in the beginning of all this, but once I got support from folks, the anxiety subsided tremendously.”

The problem began a little while after the course was listed, when an ASU student named Lauren Clark wrote a blog post for Campus Reform, a right-wing organization founded by David Horowitz and Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. The institute is devoted to policing American campuses for “the conduct and misconduct of university administrators, faculty, and students.”

The next day, Clark appeared on Fox News with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to attack Bebout’s course in more explicit terms.

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Clark and Hasselbeck listed the texts — which included such titles as The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, Critical Race Theory, Everyday Language of White Racism, Playing in the Dark, and The Alchemy of Race and Rights — and Clark said they suggested a trend: “All of these books have a disturbing trend and that’s pointing to white people as a root cause of social injustices for this country.”

“Clearly we have a lot of work to go, as a society, in terms of racial tension,” Clark continued. “But having a class that suggests an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and, frankly, counterproductive. I wonder what students like myself are taking out of this course when they learn all about all this negative racial tension out in society. There’s a lot of negative implications here.”

In reality, the course is a fairly standard academic study of race in modern society. As ASU administrators explained at the time the controversy erupted: “This course uses literature and rhetoric to look at how stories shape people’s understandings and experiences of race. It encourages students to examine how people talk about – or avoid talking about – race in the contemporary United States. This is an interdisciplinary course, so students will draw on history, literature, speeches and cultural changes – from scholarly texts to humor. The class is designed to empower students to confront the difficult and often thorny issues that surround us today and reach thoughtful conclusions rather than display gut reactions. A university is an academic environment where we discuss and debate a wide array of viewpoints.”

Within hours of the segment having aired, Bebout and ASU were barraged with hate mail from around the country. Some of the messages included threats; one of special note contained a cryptic religious message suggesting the professor deserved to be murdered.

But that was just the beginning. A short time later, members of a neo-Nazi youth organization called the National Youth Front (NYF), a youth-oriented arm of the white nationalist organization American Freedom Party, began plastering the ASU campus with fliers featuring Bebout’s portrait and the stark label “Anti-White.” They also went to Bebout’s neighborhood and distributed them there.

An NYF spokesman, Angelo John Gage, told Talking Points Memo that their “Operation Bad Teacher” program targeted Bebout because his course was “racist.” (Gage himself has a long history of racism and anti-Semitism, including stints on The White Voice, a white nationalist website, and Stormfront.) He also claimed none of his members had threatened Bebout.

“No longer will we have our identity destroyed and our people defamed,” declared NYF’s website. “This week, several of National Youth Front’s members went to ASU to raise awareness that we will no longer tolerate this antiwhite agenda. Over four hundred fliers were delivered over several days to both Lee Bebout’s neighborhood and ASU.” A local NYF member who called himself “John Hess” admitted to being the person seen in a video promoting the campaign.

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Early in March, when ASU students organized a protest in support of the embattled professor Bebout’s course, as well as the work of an associate professor at the school named Robert Poe, “Hess” and a cadre of like-minded right-wing extremists showed up on the ASU campus to counter-protest. While Bebout maintained a low profile throughout the ordeal, Poe went out and confronted his antagonists face to face. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines 5-11-15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 11, 2015 - 8:14 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Reuters: Why a technology-company chairman financed a Prophet Muhammad cartoon event.

Media Matters: Limbaugh suggests black people don’t go to museums because ‘it’s not in their cultural upbringing.’

AlterNet: White Americans’ racial delusions lie in their insistence upon remaining ignorant.

Raw Story: Georgia graduation ceremony breaks down after principal chastises ‘all the black people.’

KVUE-TV (Austin, TX): Aryan Brotherhood member sentenced to 50 years for overpowering officer, escaping.

Right Wing Watch: GOA’s Larry Pratt says he would rip up a new citizen’s voter card ‘right in front of their face.’

Crooks and Liars: What’s behind that endlessly recurring ‘FEMA railcars with shackles’ conspiracy-theory tale.