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Frank Taaffe, a self-styled “expert” who appeared on a number of talk programs on CNN and its Headline News subsidiary to offer his views on racially charged criminal trials, has recently emerged as an entrenched figure in the far-right white supremacist movement. While one of his frequent hosts, Nancy Grace, recently grilled him about his views, the network has neither backed away from using Frank Taaffe nor explained why it has done so at all, particularly without making his background clear to viewers.
Taaffe’s white supremacist background was first exposed last August by Mariah Blake in a thorough piece for Mother Jones, after Taaffe had appeared on a number of CNN programs defending his friend George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. At the time, CNN made no explanation for using Taaffe as an “expert”, but after Zimmerman’s trial ended in acquittal, Taaffe stopped appearing.
When another racially charged Florida case came along, this time involving a white man, Michael Dunn, who gunned down a young black man after a verbal confrontation at a gas station over “thug music,” Taaffe returned to CNN to discuss the cases, particularly Headline News’ Dr. Drew and Nancy Grace programs.
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Photographs published this week by an anti-racist website show the late Andrew Breitbart, a leading figurehead among mainstream conservatives, and his onetime protégé James O’Keefe – whose undercover videos are credited with causing the demise of the community organizing group ACORN – rubbing elbows with young white nationalists at two different right-wing conferences.
The pictures are noteworthy because Breitbart, who died of a heart attack in March 2012, and O’Keefe had been adamant that they had nothing to do with the conference attendees – and vocally attacked anyone who suggested otherwise.
Instead, the photos published by the anti-racist organization One People’s Project showed O’Keefe posing with numerous members of the white-nationalist group Youth for Western Civilization at a forum organized by the Robert Taft Club. Another shot shows Breitbart hobnobbing with YWC leader Matthew Heimbach, who has recently came out as a full-fledged Nazi, at an Americans for Prosperity gathering.
The Robert Taft Club held the “Race and Conservatism” forum in August, 2006 and was headed at the time by anti-immigration activist Marcus Epstein, who later pleaded guilty to assaulting an African-American woman in 2007. It featured a discussion between two noted far-right figures, “academic racist” Jared Taylor and pundit John Derbyshire of the National Review (since fired for writing racist articles). The forum had been forced to change its venue after the original sponsor – a conservative campus outfit called the Leadership Institute, which employed both Epstein and O’Keefe – pulled out when the Southern Poverty Law Center voiced concern.
O’Keefe attended the event and, according to One People’s Project editor Daryle Jenkins, was instrumental in helping Epstein run the gathering. A report by Max Blumenthal for Salon on the gathering quoted a photographer who said that O’Keefe was “helping Marcus Epstein in the execution of the event.”
Blumenthal’s piece inspired a notorious rant by Breitbart, who confronted the journalist in a hallway when he attended a different conservative gathering in 2010, accusing the journalist of smearing O’Keefe with his reportage on the gathering. “Why did you lie?” he demanded to know, jabbing a finger in Blumenthal’s chest.
That incident in turn was woven into the “documentary” Hating Breitbart, a hagiographic film made after the activist’s sudden death, devoted to showing that he and his protégés had been the victim of vicious attacks from liberals. This included O’Keefe, who described his participation in the 2006 event thus for the filmmakers: “Blumenthal said that because I was at a debate where this racist guy was debating this black guy, because I was present…then he went on to say how I organized the debate, blah, blah, blah. It’s all false.”
One People’s Project also published a photograph of Breitbart posing with Matthew Heimbach, taken from Heimbach’s Facebook page. In the comments accompanying that photo, Heimbach’s friends accused him of Photoshopping the picture; in reply, he informed them it was taken at an Americans for Prosperity gathering, and responded that his critics should attend more conservative conferences.
Daryle Jenkins told Hatewatch he was inspired to publish the old photos this week because he had finally gotten around to watching Hating Breitbart, and decided that he needed to update his older entry on O’Keefe to refute the film’s claims.
Anti-immigrant activist Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, this morning cited approvingly the ideas of white nationalist figurehead Sam Francis in a post for the National Review Online decrying the effects of Obama administration immigration policies.
While Krikorian equivocated by saying he was “not a fan” of Francis, he nonetheless approvingly cited his theories in a blog post discussing the effects of the DREAM Act’s amnesty clauses on the nation’s legal immigration bureaucracy. The post was a response to a Sunday report in the New York Times from Julia Preston, which claimed that “over the past year, waits for approvals of those resident visas stretched to 15 months, and more than 500,000 applications became stuck in the pipeline, playing havoc with international moves and children’s schools and keeping families apart.” Krikorian responded:
That’s half a million husbands, wives, and children of U.S. citizens — people whose expeditious immigration even I support, wholeheartedly — have seen their wait times triple because the administration dumped an illegal amnesty program in the lap of an overwhelmed bureaucracy at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, with no additional resources to handle the workload. That means USCIS had to pull people off the processing of legal immigration applications to handle the amnesty applications of illegal aliens, leading to the increased wait times.
Krikorian then suggested that the situation manifested Sam Francis’ theory of “anarcho-tyranny”:
Note the symmetry: half a million illegal aliens have received amnesty, forcing half a million husbands, wives, and minor children of American citizens to go to the back of the line.
And they’re none too happy about it. One U.S. citizen griped:
You feel as if you did things the right way and you are penalized for it.
Amen. I wasn’t a fan of Sam Francis, but his concept of “anarcho-tyranny” describes this perfectly.
According to Francis, “anarcho-tyranny” is a state in which society becomes controlled by criminals. He claimed that such a state would be the inevitable outcome of multiculturalism.
Krikorian has previously denounced documentation of his far-right extremist moorings as “venomous lying and guilt by association.” We’ll stop noting his extremist views when he stops holding them.
White Nationalist Frank Borzellieri is running out of places to hide.
The former head of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School was fired last week after his new employers at the Diocese of Erie, Pa., found out that Borzellieri –– a white nationalist with a sizable catalog of incendiary writings and statements in Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance magazine, which is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group –– had used a fictitious name in his application in an attempt to hide from his own views and writings.
Borzellieri, whose inflammatory writings were exposed in 2011, used the name Mario Bella when he was hired last December to run the DuBois Area Catholic School, about 75 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
“It came to our attention that it wasn’t his real name, and the reason he was let go in New York was based on false information,” Bishop Lawrence Persico told the Daily News in New York. “He no longer works at the school, effective immediately.”
This isn’t the first time Borzellieri’s views have gotten the best of him, and it isn’t the first time he has tried to hide from them.
In 2011, Officials at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, a Roman Catholic school in New York City, let him go after the Daily News revealed that he had written books predicting America’s expanding black and Hispanic populations would create a “New Dark Age.” The newspaper also reported that as a Queens school board member from 1993 to 2002, Borzellieri tried to ban “anti-American” literature from the school’s library, including a biography of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Thursday, ABC’s Nightline ran a revealing profile of Matthew Heimbach, founder of the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland and a rising star on the white nationalist scene. Nightline tagged along with Heimbach as he tried to recruit college students to his cause and sought allies in unexpected quarters.
Heimbach is positioning himself to be the next David Duke – with Duke’s blessing. When asked by Nightline if he sees a young version of himself in Heimbach, Duke responded immodestly: “If you combine honesty, sincerity with intelligence, I think he has the potential to be quite an effective leader for these ideas.”
Hatewatch has documented Heimbach’s radicalization and embrace of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. It’s no surprise then that he told Nightline that the races must divide up the United States into racially pure enclaves. In his vision, there would be trade among the enclaves and visas would be required for cross-border visits.
Heimbach told Nightline’s Byron Pitts that racial separation could happen without violence, but he is prepared for whatever comes. “God willing it won’t, but some things are worth fighting for,” he said. ( continue to full post… )
At 22, Matthew Heimbach is a rising white nationalist star, just as eager to get into bed with graying Southern secessionists as he is with steel-toe-boot-wearing neo-Nazis.
Over the past few months, he has rallied with the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the invitation of Thom Robb, a Christian Identity pastor who leads the group and for whom Heimbach claims to have “great respect.” He has stood side by side with the Aryan Terror Brigade, and he plans to attend a rally this weekend with the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) in Kansas City on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that left more than 90 Jews dead and some 30,000 imprisoned in concentration camps.
It has been a meteoric rise for someone so young, the likes of which have not really been seen since the anti-Semite David Duke appeared on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, dressed as a neo-Nazi and railing against the “Zionist Occupied Government.”
In fact, Heimbach’s profile on the radical right has risen so quickly that rumors have spread across online forums that he is privately working as a federal informant, or even as an agent of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. None of that is true, Heimbach says with a wry grin. But what he is more than willing to admit is that in the years since forming the controversial White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland, where he graduated this year with a degree in history, he been thoroughly radicalized. ( continue to full post… )
When it formed six years ago, the founders of the H.L. Mencken Club envisioned a simple forum for the “intellectual right” to be filled with “young thinkers and activists” ready to tackle the tough issues confronting the country. In reality, though, the club was a gathering place for the country’s most prominent white nationalists.
And this weekend, the Club is at it again, gathering to discuss topics ranging from the state of immigration in the United States, to the so-called war on masculinity and the traditional family.
Speakers at this year’s conference, which is being held at “a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport,” according to the website, include John Derbyshire, the white nationalist fired from the National Review for writing a piece for a separate publication suggesting that white and Asian parents should warn their children that black people pose a threat to their safety. He plans to give a speech with the puzzlingly bland title, “Politics and Intelligence.” William Regnery, who founded the racist journal The Occidental Quarterly and co-founded the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, is scheduled to give a presentation titled “Thrown Off the Bus.”
Stephen Baskerville is also speaking this year. Baskerville is an associate professor of government at Patrick Henry College and a former research fellow at the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. One of the Howard Center’s most prominent projects is its anti-LGBT World Congress of Families (WCF), which recently held a planning committee meeting in Moscow for its 2014 gathering there. The WCF has been extremely busy globalizing homophobia and supporting anti-LGBT laws abroad. Baskerville is the second person from Patrick Henry College to address the gathering. The first was Gene Veith, the college provost and literature professor who spoke in 2009. ( continue to full post… )
The man who wears a ring emblazoned with Nazi lightning bolts and who posted a racist mantra at the NAPA Auto Parts where he sells assault rifles in North Dakota says he has been wrongly portrayed as a “radical.”
During a rambling and contentious interview with Hatewatch on Wednesday, Shane Myers attempted to clarify his beliefs, saying he isn’t driven by “blind racial hatred” despite that telltale Nazi ring. Instead, his views are the product of a decade of historical study.
“Look what happened to Rome,” Myers said. “Rome was basically destroyed from the inside out. They were destroyed from diversity, really. And pretty much America is a mirror design of Rome.” ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s note: Further information about Sharp’s activities in the white nationalist movement has come to light. Sharp is a member of the white supremacist website Stormfront, where his user profile lists him as a sustaining member who joined in December 2011. The website Liberty Lamp has the screenshots, though it appears Sharp has changed his nickname on both Stormfront and YouTube since Liberty Lamp posted the shots yesterday. As a result, his original username, “psharp94” no longer appears on Stormfront. He is now “sportline” (formerly “frozenpie77”) on Stormfront and “barron levi” (formerly “frozenpie77”) on YouTube.
Matthew Heimbach created quite a stir at Towson University in Baltimore when he created his “White Student Union” last year and proceeded to launch night patrols to keep students safe from black-on-white crime.
Now, such organizations are sprouting on more campuses. This week, we got news that a White Student Union (WSU) had been formed at George State University in downtown Atlanta. Its mission is to “unite white students to advocate for their interests and the interests of white people, while celebrating heritage, culture, promoting a sense of ‘white identity,’ and working in unison with other campus organizations to tackle issues that affect us all.” ( continue to full post… )
Miss Scarlett, the “Southern Avenger” has surrendered.
On Sunday, Jack Hunter, a close aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, announced he had resigned from the Kentucky Republican’s Washington staff after a storm of controversy erupted July 9 surrounding Hunter’s past neo-Confederate statements and views, such as toasting the birthday every year of President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
The resignation came despite Paul’s outspoken defense of his aide, in which the senator claimed that there was “no evidence” that Hunter had exhibited any bigoted beliefs or behavior. ( continue to full post… )