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Laffrey opened his missive by noting that Hatewatch had misinterpreted what he said about President Obama – namely, that he had “bought into the corporate media’s selling of the product called Barack Obama.” We took that to mean he initially supported Obama, but Laffrey says that was not the case. Regardless, Laffrey’s view of Obama quickly darkened after the election:
On that About page, you will see that I described my evolution of thought as I increased my investigations and knowledge. Part of what you will see is that I recognized that Obama was appointing criminals who had infested the Clinton administration. Of course, most of those criminals are jews. Names of cirminal jews reappointed during various administrations? Examples: Volcker and Greenspan (more recently as just “advisors”). Robert Reich. Rahm Emanuel. Many more.
We asked Laffrey, in light of his advocacy for murder, if he considers himself a Christian. He replied:
I am opposed to all religions because they are all mind poisons. This includes, of course, Christianity, Islam, the so-called religion Judaism, and their offshoots. The Creativity movement is specifically and openly against violence, so their efforts certainly will not get the job done of wiping out the parasites of humanity — the jews.
Laffrey chided us for saying that he is calling for the “assassination” of Jews, though that in fact is a perfectly apt word for what he advocates. He then went on to discuss his “kill jews now” strategy:
If you look at my AmericanSolution page … you will also see the evolution of my knowledge and convictions, which I am always open about. (Also, my previous website, which you mentioned in the article, shows my previous level of thought.) I offer two strategies: the “party” strategy and the “kill jews now” strategy. I have said that we must pursue both strategies although, for practical purposes during this decade, “kill the jews” is the only strategy that is certain to provide a measure of success with every individual’s effective effort. ….
Yes, we do have every right to kill invaders, just as the admirable Japanese would have every right to kill every nonJapanese person or group who tries to take control of Japan away from the Japanese.
Laffrey gave Hatewatch permission to republish his views.
James Laffrey has not been publicly advocating ethnic hatred for very long. He does not appear to have many, if any, followers. He is not particularly well-connected to more established entities on the anti-Semitic far right. But what he does have is a website and plans to create a white supremacist political party called Whites Will Win.
Laffrey, a middle-aged man who appears to be based in Michigan, has caught people’s attention with the bloodcurdling nature of his agenda: he openly calls for the assassination of Jewish people by their white neighbors.
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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The dead man’s transgression, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, was he “refused to protest the fact that he had a black cellmate.”
“The defendants pressured the victim to take any steps necessary to be reassigned to another cell,” the statement continued, adding that when the man, who did not belong to a prison gang, refused to comply “the defendants regarded this refusal as a violation of their gang code.”
The victim, Kenneth Mills, and the white supremacist gang members convicted of his murder – Donald R. LaFond Jr., 53, of New Bedford, Mass., and Jason Robert Widdison, 35, of Morgan, Utah – were inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta. Authorities said LaFond was a member of the Aryan Resistance Militia and that Widdison belonged to the Soldiers of Aryan Culture. ( continue to full post… )
A former Ku Klux Klan leader admitted in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday that he burned a cross in a predominantly black neighborhood in 2009 as a way to scare and intimidate residents.
Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, of Ozark, Ala., also “admitted that he burned the cross because of the victims’ race and color and because they were occupying homes in that area,” senior Justice Department officials said Tuesday.
Dinkle pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate housing rights, one count of criminal interference with the right to fair housing, and two counts of obstruction of justice related to false statements.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine on the conspiracy and criminal interference counts and a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 maximum fine for obstructing justice by making false statements to both local investigators and federal agents. A sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled. ( continue to full post… )
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… )
Racism isn’t just immoral. It’s also bad for business.
Just ask Jeff Crockett, the mayor of Harrison, Ark., a small, 95 percent white city haunted by the ghosts of century-old race riots and a current day Ku Klux Klan compound in the Ozarks just 15 miles outside of town.
“Our Internet presence is terrible,” the mayor told Hatewatch today. “When people Google Harrison, Ark., the first page of websites is Klan-related. People don’t come here because of it.”
There’s a Fed Ex regional office in Harrison that employs 1,500 people from across the region.
“We’re finding people who transfer in here, even if they’re white they don’t want to raise their kids around that [Klan history],” he said. “Then they decide to move to Branson, Mo., and drive 30 miles back and forth. So we lose the tax base, we lose the real estate sales. We’ve been working hard to combat that and get a better reputation out.” ( continue to full post… )
Four members of a white supremacist prison gang and a female accomplice were arraigned this afternoon in Tacoma, Wash., on charges related to the brutal stabbing death last month of a fellow gang member.
Derek Wagner was stabbed multiple times, including once in the heart, and bled to death after he was confronted with accusations of having a sexual relationship with one of the defendants’ wives and associating with a rival gang, authorities said.
“This is a case of white supremacists killing one of their own,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said at midday in announcing the charges. “The victim was murdered for violating the gang’s own code.”
Those charged were Jeffrey Allen Cooke, 32, Melissa Ann Bourgault, 33, Mark Michael Stredicke, 37, Eric Michael Elliser, 33, and Shanne Thomas McKrittrick, 32, all residents of the Tacoma area. They each were arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree.
Authorities say Bourgault is McKittrick’s girlfriend.
An Ohio neo-Nazi who amassed a huge illegal stockpile of weapons, along with an apparent hit list of Detroit-area Jewish and African-American leaders, was given a six-year sentence Thursday by a federal judge in Toledo, Ohio. Civil rights leaders in Detroit, including one on the man’s list, expressed their outrage at what they saw as a light sentence.
Richard Schmidt, a 48-year-old with an earlier felony manslaughter conviction to his credit (he was found guilty of murdering a Latino man outside a bar in 1989), pleaded guilty in July to a variety of federal weapons charges. Even though he was forbidden from owning firearms by virtue of his record as a felon, Schmidt had amassed a cache of 18 guns, 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and a full complement of body armor.
That wasn’t all police found. The most chilling piece of evidence was a detailed list of civil rights leaders in the Detroit area: their home addresses, as well as other personal information. Additionally, his personal writings indicated that he intended “to assassinate members of religious and cultural groups based only on their race, religion and ethnicity and to broadcast those murders to like-minded supporters,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Duncan Brown, the chief prosecutor in the case.
“This defendant, quite simply, was a well-funded, well-armed and focused one-man army of racial and religious hate,” Brown wrote in a sentencing memorandum. ( continue to full post… )
As he sits in a mental health ward in a state hospital in North Dakota, Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi who recently discovered on national television that he is 14 percent black, must be thinking there’s no loyalty among thieves – or his fellow racists.
The white nationalists at the Occidental Dissent website posted two silly and embarrassing 13-minute YouTube videos today of Cobb and his racist acolyte and roommate, Kynan Dutton, “patrolling” the streets of Leith, N.D., the tiny town Cobb had hoped to turn into a white enclave.
The videos are tagged on the Occidental site as “humor,” probably because there was no category for “pathetic.” ( continue to full post… )