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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.

Georgia Deputy Charged in House-Stealing Scheme

By Don Terry on May 8, 2015 - 10:02 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

A veteran sheriff’s deputy who, until a couple of days ago, investigated property crimes in Bibb County, Ga., was arrested and fired Wednesday for allegedly trying to commit a property crime of his own that came straight out of the antigovernment “sovereign citizen” handbook of scams and schemes.

The deputy, Albert Gordon Murray, 53, was seen last week, according to The Telegraph, changing the locks on a vacant $140,000 house he did not own after allegedly filing false liens and possession affidavits for the property – standard operating procedure for sovereign citizen real estate hustles. Sovereigns generally believe the government has no authority over them, and they are given to a variety of financial schemes including the seizure of homes that don’t belong to them.

A real estate agent with a prospective buyer in tow arrived at the house while Murray was still there, fiddling with the locks. Murray showed the agent a document. He said it was an “affidavit of possession,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told Hatewatch Friday afternoon, adding the agent was immediately suspicious, saying to himself, “Wait a minute, this ain’t right.”

The sheriff said as the agent was studying the bogus document, Murray pulled the client to the side and brazenly offered to sell him the house for $60,000 – a real steal, in more ways than one. As Murray drove away, the agent jotted down the plate number on the deputy’s unmarked government vehicle and notified authorities. “He’s out there in an unmarked sheriff’s car, conducting this business,” Davis said. “It’s disheartening.”

A few days later, Murray and three associates – Dimitrious Brown, 33, Clifford Greene, 58 and Lemroyal James, 51 – were in handcuffs, charged with making false statements and writings. Murray was also charged with violating his oath as a lawman and was fired.

When they were arrested, the sheriff said, “they all professed these sovereign citizen ideals about they’re not part of this government, they’re not bound by our laws.”

One of the men even refused to sign his fingerprint card, declaring, “I don’t do this. I’m not part of your laws.”

Davis’ former deputy did not go nearly as far in his sovereign citizen pronouncements. “The other three were pretty resolute in what they were saying,” the sheriff said. “But I think they were all more in it for the scam and the houses than the ideology.”

Davis told The Telegraph that one of the men was arrested while “filing a lien at the courthouse” and authorities have reportedly found at least four other houses in the area that the men allegedly claimed as their own in a similar fraudulent fashion.

Investigators, Davis told Hatewatch, suspect the men may have filed phony liens on upward of two dozen properties in Bibb and in two adjoining counties. “It was sort of a big operation,” he said.

Murray had been in law enforcement for years before his colleagues locked him up. He joined the police force in Macon, Ga., in 2001 and became a Bibb County deputy sheriff in 2014, when the departments merged.

Davis said that during his days in the Macon police department, Murray had ties to the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. That group was originally a putatively Muslim organization from Brooklyn, N.Y., that evolved into a cult, preaching not a “theology” but “factology,” mixing black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids and a belief in UFOs.

In 1993, a large group of true believers moved from New York to a 476-acre spread in Putnam County, Ga., northeast of Bibb County. The Moors were led by an ex-con named Dwight York, who lived in a mansion on the property while his followers lived in cheap trailers. He charged them $25 a year for Nuwaubian “passports” that allowed them to get on and off the property.

As many as 400 other followers – also Nuwaubians – lived in the surrounding area. The group set up a network of chapters and bookstores called All Eyes on Egipt and members raised money through begging and holding jobs, including in the post office and in area fire and police departments.

The former deputy, the sheriff said, “was a member of the sect.”

In 2004, York was sentenced to 135 years in prison for molesting a huge number of children, among other crimes. That same year, according to The Telegraph, seven Macon police officers, supporters of York, resigned, saying police and government officials were ignoring new evidence of York’s innocence.

The police chief at the time, Rodney Monroe, told the paper that he did not want the officers to resign and each one had “served the department and city well.”

Davis said Murray and one other officer associated with the Moors refused to join the mass resignation and “the other guys got mad at them and kicked them out of the club so to speak.”

The year before, three suspected Nuwaubians were taken into custody after allegedly filing a bogus $283 million lien against U.S. Postal Service bank accounts and property. The police said the men then created fake checks – they called them “certified tender of payment certificates” – and tried to use them to buy two luxury houses in Decatur.

Authorities said the men, two of whom worked for the postal service, intended to sell the homes and use the cash to purchase land in Bibb County to establish a new home for the cult.

While their numbers have dwindled dramatically since the cult leader went to prison, Davis said there are still Nuwaubians in the area. “And,” he said, “they still believe in some of that ideology.”

League of the South Chieftain Talks ‘Race War’

By Keegan Hankes on May 8, 2015 - 9:04 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Propaganda, Nativist Extremist

The League of the South (LOS) appears to be having an identity crisis. As the two-year anniversary of the neo-Confederate hate group’s abrupt tactical shift towards well-dressed and well-mannered street demonstrations approaches, LOS President Michael Hill’s latest column marks one more chapter in the collapse of what quickly revealed itself to be a laughably transparent façade of respectability.

The time has come, at least in Hill’s mind, to ponder what he believes is the real possibility of a race war. Apparently, he likes his odds.

LOS President Michael Hill

LOS President Michael Hill

“We Southern nationalists do not want a race war (or any sort of war). But if one is forced on us, we’ll participate,” wrote Hill on the LOS website. “Southern whites are geared up and armed to the teeth.”

Such statements may come as a shock, given the fact that the LOS has spent much of the last two years attempting to promote its message to “regular” southerners through the use of mainstream, conservative messaging on issues such as “traditional marriage” and the “demographic displacement of southerners.” Of course, that was never a very honest presentation. After all, Hill is the same man who at a Georgia LOS meeting in 2011 urged his constituents to begin stocking up on AK-47s, hollow-point bullets, and, most remarkably, tools to derail trains.

Then, last year, Hatewatch revealed that the LOS was actively — and secretly — training a uniformed, paramilitary unit to be called the ‘Indomitables’ that was tasked with advancing a second southern secession.

Hill’s latest piece, which appeared in the wake of nearly a week of demonstrations and rioting in the Baltimore area following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, focuses on the myriad advantages of the angry white man in a potential race war. The reason, asserts Hill, is the white man’s innate superiority.

“Negroes are more impulsive than whites,” says Hill, who once taught at a historically black university in Alabama. “Tenacity and organization are not the negroes [sic] strong suits. If the war could be won by ferocity alone, he might have a chance. But like the adrenaline rush that sparks it, ferocity is short lived. And it can be countered by cool discipline, an historic white trait, and all that stems from it.”

The race war Hill imagines is nothing more than fear-mongering in the style of the late neo-Nazi William Pierce’s novel The Turner Diaries. That book depicted a race war in which whites murder Jews, black people, “race-mixers” and a host of others in order to build an “Aryan” state. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was carrying photocopied pages from the dystopian novel when he was arrested, apparently to explain his motives in case he were to be killed by police.

Hill seems to revel in the details of the bloodshed he thinks may be imminent.

“Things would begin to get interesting once the widespread terror spread out to the suburbs,” he writes in his new essay. “The most likely flashpoints would be white owned suburban businesses or neighborhoods where armed men and women stood ready to defend themselves. At this point white discipline, resources, and firepower would start to become a factor; however, would American suburbanites, after decades of PC brainwashing, have the will to fight back in sufficient number to quell the black tide?”

Hill also throws in a little of his increasingly apparent anti-Semitism. Following his recent posting of an essay by the disgraced former professor and anti-Semitic ideologue Kevin MacDonald in a LOS Facebook group, Hill now suggests that one of the South’s main problems is “Jewry” and what he depicts as the Jewish-controlled media. “ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and other largely Jewish-Progressive owned media would doubtless fan the flames, justifying black behavior while conversely condemning white reaction,” Hill writes as he contemplates the difficulties that will face the white man.

Hill goes on to fantasize about the end of “white guilt,” a common theme among neo-Nazis and others on the radical right. “American negroes, and those Jew/Gentile Progressives who supported their lawless behavior for decades, would have used up whatever ‘civil rights’ capital they may have accumulated with average white Americans (and perhaps many Asians and Hispanics),” he writes as he describes what is pictured as the ultimate victory of whites in the South.

When reached by telephone, Hill declined to comment.

Hill ends his essay with a warning that sounds very much like a threat: “So if negroes think a ‘race war’ in modern America would be to their advantage, they had better prepare themselves for a very rude awakening. White people may be patient, but our patience does have a limit. You do not want to test that limit.”