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Arpaio Subpoenas Acorn Records

By Hatewatch Staff on September 22, 2009 - 9:33 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to Acorn calling for his resignation and protesting his immigration raids by subpoenaing records from the community activist group and accusing it of being “in bed with … anti-immigration enforcement organizations.”
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Governor Looks into Suffolk County Hate Crime Complaint

By Hatewatch Staff on September 22, 2009 - 9:30 am, Posted in Uncategorized

New York Gov. David Paterson said he’d speak to state and county officials about a Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board member who reported that a county official threatened him after he spoke out about his personal experiences as a hate crime victim.
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Dobbs Boosts Conspiracy-Monger as Immigration Expert

By Sonia Scherr on September 22, 2009 - 8:21 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

It’s no surprise when CNN’s Lou Dobbs bashes immigrants on his TV and radio programs. But recently the factually challenged talk show host has been veering even further toward the far-right fringe.

Last week, as Media Matters documented, Dobbs approvingly introduced conspiracy hound Jerome Corsi as a guest on his radio program. “We’re going to be talking about, obviously, illegal immigration,” Dobbs said on the Sept. 15 show. “We’re going to be talking about border security. And … Jerome Corsi is a pretty good guy to talk to about all of that.”

The “pretty good guy” is a prominent figure in the so-called birther movement, which contends that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to hold the nation’s highest office. In addition to proclaiming on talk shows that Obama’s birth certificate is phony, Corsi announced last fall that he was traveling to Hawaii to investigate the matter and predicted that “there’s gonna be something damaging on the birth certificate.” (Dobbs himself repeatedly questioned the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate on air in July, falsely claiming that the document hadn’t been released.) Corsi also traveled to Kenya last October to investigate Obama. The trip didn’t work out too well for him. He was promptly detained by immigration authorities as he headed for a press conference after arriving in that country, then put on a plane back home.

Not only is Corsi pushing a discredited conspiracy theory, but he has made derogatory comments about Muslims and Catholics. He posted a series of bigoted comments on FreeRepublic.com in which he called Islam “a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion” and declared that “boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn’t reported by the liberal press.” (He later apologized for the posts.) Last July, he appeared on “The Political Cesspool,” an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by avowed white nationalist James Edwards. Other guests who have been sympathetically interviewed on Edwards’ show make up a virtual Who’s Who of the radical right, including former Klan boss David Duke, Holocaust denier Mark Weber and neo-Nazi activist April Gaede. ( continue to full post… )

Olson, Michigan Militia Leader in ’90s, Back in Action in Alaska

By David Holthouse on September 16, 2009 - 3:42 pm, Posted in Militias

A key figure of the 1990s antigovernment “Patriot” movement who largely dropped from public view in 2002 has resurfaced in Alaska, where he’s recruiting for his newly formed Alaska Militia.

Norm Olson, who founded the Michigan Militia in 1994, held an organizational meeting last Thursday at a community center in Nikiski, a small town in the Kenai Peninsula region about 170 road miles from Anchorage.

Olson’s message: “Something very evil this way comes.”

“We’re looking at catastrophe just a couple months away — economic collapse, food shortages around the world, prices in stores are gonna go skyrocketing with this inflation,” Olson told the roughly 20 attendees, according to The Redoubt Reporter, a Kenai Peninsula newspaper.
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SPLC Joins Campaign Calling on Dobbs’ Advertisers to Dump Him

By Heidi Beirich on September 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

In July, as you might recall, the SPLC called on the president of CNN to remove Lou Dobbs from the air after he repeatedly used his platform to nurture the totally discredited “birther” movement. The birthers, of course, are the folks who insist that President Obama was really born in Kenya – not Hawaii – and therefore is not eligible to be president. Their attacks are part of a wider, racially tinged campaign to de-legitimize Obama’s presidency by portraying him as some kind of foreign-born, Marxist, fascist, Muslim friend of terrorists.

As Dobbs continued to obsess over Obama’s birth certificate, CNN president Jonathan Klein decreed that the bogus controversy was indeed settled – in Obama’s favor – and that Dobbs would no longer talk about it on CNN. But Klein took no action to stop Dobbs’ further descent into loony land. Klein, in fact, stood firmly behind Dobbs’ authority to set his own agenda and exercise his own editorial judgment.

Well, now it’s time to revoke Dobbs’ journalistic license altogether. He can no longer lay any claim whatsoever to journalistic objectivity or integrity. This week, he’s headlining an anti-immigrant talk radio fest sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has been designated a hate group by the SPLC. ( continue to full post… )

Hate Group Leads Anti-Immigration Lobbying Drive

By Hatewatch Staff on September 15, 2009 - 9:30 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The Federation for American Immigration Reform – designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its founder’s ties to white nationalists, eugenicists, and Holocaust deniers, is sponsoring a “town hall of the airwaves” on Capitol Hill.
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Boys Charged with Beating Immigrant

By Hatewatch Staff on September 15, 2009 - 9:21 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Six boys, ages 11 to 14, allegedly beat a sleeping Guatemalan immigrant with bottles, bricks and rocks, causing severe head injuries and brain damage.
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Man Wearing KKK Shirt Charged with Attacking Immigrant

By Hatewatch Staff on September 15, 2009 - 9:20 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Michael Conklin, 18, allegedly shot a Latino teenager three times with a BB gun while wearing a shirt with racist insignias.
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Nativist Groups Host Fundraiser for Slain Border Patrol Agent

By Hatewatch Staff on September 15, 2009 - 9:20 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The Campo Minuteman and Tea Party activists are co-hosting a fundraiser in San Juan Capistrano for the family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot to death in Campo this summer.
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FAIR Embraces Racist Founder

By Heidi Beirich on September 14, 2009 - 5:02 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Despite John Tanton’s long, documented history of racism, Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), called the founder of his organization a “Renaissance man” of wide-ranging “intellect” in a Washington Post article published today.

It’s hard, of course, for Stein to distance himself from Tanton. After all, Tanton started the organization in 1979 and is still a member of the group’s board of directors. But since the full extent of Tanton’s racist views have been exposed in recent years, Stein hasn’t talked about the founder’s ideas much. But now he is.

Stein told the Post that attacks on Tanton “are out of context and ‘simply do not reflect the true character of the man.” But it’s hard to understand how.

Over the decades, Tanton has repeatedly described contemporary immigrants as inferior. He has questioned the “educability” of Latinos and written that “for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” In a letter to Roy Beck, head of NumbersUSA, Tanton wondered “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California … can run an advanced society?”

It doesn’t stop there. Tanton has corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and the leading white nationalist thinkers of the era. He introduced key FAIR leaders to the president of the Pioneer Fund, a white supremacist group set up to encourage “race betterment,” at a 1997 meeting at a private club. He wrote a major funder to encourage her to read the work of a radical anti-Semitic professor — to “give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life” — and suggested that the entire FAIR board discuss the professor’s theories on the Jews. He idolized a principal architect of the Immigration Act of 1924 (instituting a national origin quota system that dramatically favored whites over people of color and barred Asian immigration), a rabid anti-Semite whose pro-Nazi American Coalition of Patriotic Societies was indicted for sedition in 1942.

Based on an investigation of Tanton’s views and those of his organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) began listing FAIR as a hate group in 2007. Stein’s defense of Tanton shows one more reason they deserve the label.