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Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen and Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok discuss the recently released annual count of hate and extremist groups.
Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen and Mark Potok, editor of this blog and the Intelligence Report magazine, will host a live webcast at 2 p.m. (EDT) on March 18 to discuss the SPLC’s recently released annual count of hate groups.
This year’s report documented 926 hate groups operating in the United States, representing a 54 percent increase since 2000. Potok and Cohen will discuss the factors fueling the growth of hate groups in the United States.
They will accept questions before and during the 30-minute audio webcast.
On this week’s podcast, Heidi Beirich and I discuss her story “The Tanton Files,” which was posted last week on Hatewatch. Heidi’s story takes a look at what she discovered while researching the papers of John Tanton, who founded the modern anti-immigration movement and is still on the board of the anti-immigrant hate group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Tanton’s correspondence, which is lodged at the Bentley Historical Library, reveals not only that Tanton is an unabashed racist, but that he has been enmeshed in the white nationalist movement for decades.
On this week’s podcast, Mark Potok and I talk about our new Intelligence Report cover story, “Ready for War,” which is about the black supremacist wing of the Hebrew Israelite movement. With an increasingly militant leadership, this movement has been spreading across the country, preaching a frightening, racist theology that says Jesus Christ is returning soon to kill or enslave white people, Jews, homosexuals, and others.
Intelligence Report Senior Editor David Holthouse and I discuss the recent Jerome Corsi affair in this week’s podcast. Corsi, widely criticized for his recent book attacking Barack Obama and also earlier condemnations of John McCain, turns out to be a regular on a white supremacist radio show.
On this week’s podcast, Heidi Beirich and I discuss her eyebrow-raising story about Chloe Black, the former wife of Klan leader David Duke who is currently married to Don Black, founder of the white supremacist website Stormfront. Chloe Black, who has a long movement history of her own, has been fronting for a school meant to lift black and Latino kids out of poverty. What’s more, when she insisted to reporters that she was no racist, there was a remarkable unintended consequence — a major, angry backlash from her husband’s racist supporters.
This week on our podcast, Southern Poverty Law Center Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and I discuss the article Rhonda wrote recently about Christian Right propaganda regarding a pending federal hate crimes bill. It turns out that major organizations like the American Family Association are lying about the bill, which they claim would result in pastors being thrown into prison for preaching against homosexuality.
A new book details a formerly undisclosed 1999 plot to assassinate Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and possibly also to blow up the center. Written by FBI agent Tym Burkey and informant Dave Hall, Into the Devil’s Den describes how Hall, after penetrating the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations group in Ohio and Idaho, uncovered the plot shortly before the assassin was to head south to SPLC headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. The assassin was arrested on April 14, 1999, and had timed his attack to roughly coincide with the April 19-20 anniversaries of the fiery end of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the birthday of Adolf Hitler. The plot was apparently concocted by several men upset that Dees and the SPLC that year sued the Aryan Nations in an action that ultimately resulted in the sale of the group’s Idaho compound.
Remarkably, the book also identifies Ron Edwards, national leader of the Kentucky-based Imperial Klans of America (IKA), as a possible (but uncharged) conspirator. The SPLC is now preparing for a November trial against Edwards and IKA on behalf of a boy who was beaten by two of the group’s members. This February, when Dees went to Kentucky to take Edwards’ deposition, the Klan leader (above, right) showed up with a fresh tattoo on the side of his newly shaven head that read, “FUCK S.P.L.C.”
The 1999 plot, which was averted thanks to the work of Hall and Burkey, was only the latest attempt by extremists to assassinate Dees or attack the SPLC. More than 30 people have been sent to federal prison in connection with similar plots.
For more on this case, read an account of the plot here.
This week on the podcast, Mark Potok and I revisit his popular post from last month, “President Obama? Many White Supremacists are Celebrating.” We’ll discuss how the reaction in racist circles to the first African-American presumptive major-party nominee for president has been quite surprising. Listen in and find out why.
Listen this week as Heidi Beirich and I discuss an article she wrote on the last man still donating money to the racist Pioneer Fund, which pays for controversial studies on race and intelligence, among other things. What you hear may genuinely surprise you.