. . . .and she tells it like it is.
. . . .and she tells it like it is.
The ReThuglican Party has done it again, as this article from The Huffington Post points out.
REPUBLICAN AD CALLS BLACK WOMEN “HOS”
OCTOBER 19, 2008
No one can criticize the hopes and fears of white middle Americans. But can the right-wing distraction factory woo minorities with the same techniques? Check out the following transcript of a new Republican ad targeting black voters in 10 battleground states this year and you be the judge:for failing to produce sophisticated propaganda that successfully exploits the
BLACK MAN #1: “If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked.”BLACK MAN #2: “That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed.”BLACK MAN #1: “Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican.”
Nadler has an apparently dim view of the minorities he hopes to court. In 2000, he produced an ad in 2000 for The Republican National Committee flatly denounced that ad as “racist.”in which a white parent declared that his child’s public school “was a bit more diversity than he could handle.”
But about Rooney and Nadler’s latest creation, which portrays black men as promiscuous misogynists and black women as submissive “ho’s,” theis silent.
Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home
And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it’s all right, it’s all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we’re traveling on
I wonder what’s gone wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong
And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying
We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest.
AMERICAN TUNE, by Paul Simon, from his album, “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”, May, 1973.
Very sad news for the beautiful actress Ms. Jennifer Hudson. Her little nephew, Julian King, has been found—-dead. Ms. Hudson also lost her mother and brother who were found shot to death in the home she shared with them.
POLICE: CHILD’S BODY FOUND IN SUV IS HUDSON NEPHEW
Let us all pray for Ms. Hudson, her family, and especially the family of little Julian. May God grant them strength and solace in their hour of grief.
Rest in peace, little angel. May you find eternal safety in the harms of your loving saviour, Jesus Christ.
Xenon Entertainment Group, via Photofest
Unknown to many people are the ties that binded the Native Americans of this nation to enslaved and freed Africans who were brought to this country against their will.
The following articles attest to the severe attacks that native First World People and Black American people suffered in America due to racist white supremacy to annihilate any trace of African blood as well as to destroy any alliances that had occurred between native people and Black Americans.
In the case of the state of Virginia—and the racist demagogue Walter Ashby Plecker—they succeeded.
BATTLES IN RED, BLACK, AND WHITE
VIRGINIA’S RACIAL INTEGRITY LAW OF 1924
Walter Ashby Plecker was unassuming in appearance: a small-town doctor whose penchant for number-crunching earned him the position of registrar in Virginias Bureau of Vital Statistics in 1912. But appearances were indeed deceiving. With Plecker at the helm, the bureau went on an all-out war against “amalgamation”.
Plecker was not the author of the Racial Integrity Law of 1924–Virginia’s infamous “one drop” statute, which created two racial categories, “pure” white and everybody else. But he–and allies such as John Powell of the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America–pushed hard to enforce the act’s provision for “ancestral registration”.
Virginians shied away from compliance in that area, according to J. David Smith in The Eugenic Assault on America: Scenes in Red, White, and Black. Indeed, “passing” might have been commonplace among whiter-skinned African- Americans since at least 1662, when the first anti-miscegenation laws were passed in Virginia, but even for allegedly “pure” whites, proof of racial purity might have been difficult to obtain.
And at least one group of whites who had been proud of their so-called impurity lobbied successfully to have the act revised. The aristocratic descendants of Pocahontas– resentful of being lumped in with “Negroes, Mongolians, American Indians, Malayans, or any mixtures thereof, or any other non-Caucasian strains”–twisted arms until the legislature decreed that persons with no more than one-sixteenth Native American ancestry might still be considered white.
But Plecker’s power to grant birth, death, and marriage certificates gave him unprecedented and awesome powers over Virginians who had less clout than the Pocahontas contingent. With the stroke of a pen, Plecker could write an individual into “Negro” status–and legal and social oblivion. Plecker was only too willing to exercise that power, thus making him a figure of dread to Indians in general, but particularly to the Powhatan remnants in Rockbridge and Amherst counties, until his retirement and subsequent death in 1946.
According to Helen Rountree, a Old Dominion University professor who has written extensively on Virginia’s Powhatan tribes, Plecker believed that all Indians had “polluted” their blood by mingling it with free African-Americans–or “free issues”, in the local vernacular. Plecker thus saw those who claimed Indian ancestry as opportunists seeking what Rountree called a “way station to whiteness”– in other words, he saw all Indians as blacks attempting to “pass.”
Plecker’s beliefs placed him squarely in the mainstream of the American eugenics movement, which assaulted the rights of poor whites as vigorously as those of racial minorities. (Compare, for example, the case of Carrie Buck, an 18-year-old Caucasian girl from Lynchburg who was believed, it now appears erroneously, to be “feeble- minded.” In a case that went before the Supreme Court, the state vigorously pursued and won the right to sterilize Buck to prevent her from passing on her “imbecility.”) But the desire to make Native Americans simply “vanish,” whether into the African-American population or into thin air, had much deeper roots.
Peter Houck, author of Indian Island in Amherst County, cites Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 as the first sustained and coordinated effort in Virginia to drive the Powhatans from their land. But we cannot forget that the nation’s Indian removal policy was formulated by that great defender of liberty Thomas Jefferson and carried out by that great defender of the common man Andrew Jackson. Indeed, long before Ulysses S. Grant had developed “vanishing” into an official “Peace Policy,” Virginians had mastered the mechanics.
“In time, you will be as we are,” Jefferson promised in his 1809 Indian address. “You will become one people with us. Your blood will mix with ours; and will spread with ours over this great Island…” Absorption into the white race–a consummation devoutly to be wished from one perspective–was the lure Jefferson tossed before the tribes.
As for those who “mingled their blood” with African-Americans, they, too, would be absorbed–though they might not like the consequences. Let us consider the example of the Gingashins. This eastern tribe had two strikes against it: Its members refused to give up their traditional lifeways; even worse, they intermarried freely and unashamedly with blacks.
This was anathema to Virginia elites. Intermarriage with whites could be, and was, tolerated. Intermarriage with blacks, however, was an intolerable challenge to the arbitrary color line that had been in place since the first chattel slavery law passed in 1661. Thus, in 1813, the Gingashins made their way into the history books, becoming the first U.S. tribe to be terminated.
Needless to say, Gingashin identity did not die with the legal decree. As late as 1855, Rountree notes, county maps showed an “Indian Town,” an Indiantown Creek, and a settlement of seven houses. Eventually, however, white antagonism, not to mention opportunism, forced the Gingashins to merge into a sympathetic African-American community. Tribes such as the Pamunkeys, Mattaponis, Upper Mattaponis, Nansemonds, Rappahannocks, and Chickahominies took note of the lesson–and learned how to resist.
A century later, armed with the awesome power of the state, Plecker declared war on these people. Consulting a listing of surnames associated with Native American ancestry– such as Beverly (from beaver), Sparrow, Penn or Pinn, Fields, Bear, and so on–and drawing his authority from century-old census records that were likely to list Indians as “mulattoes”–particularly if the census were taken in summertime, Houck notes– Plecker embarked on a crusade to re-classify every Native American in the state as an African-American.
Plecker intimidated mid-wives, wrote threatening pamphlets, editorialized in newspapers, and trained an entire generation of county clerks and health service workers in his methods. When all else failed, he simply changed records to suit his prejudices, striking out the designation “Indian” and replacing it with “Negro” or “colored” or “mulatto”–or writing notations on the back.
But while Powhatans suffered under Plecker’s tyranny, they refused to vanish. When necessary, they sacrificed both family ties and good will in the African-American community by refusing to attend Jim Crow schools or segregated churches.
These isolationist tactics cost them–Indian communities in Amherst were often poor and poorly educated–but they appear to have worked. It is worth noting that Amherst Indians who successfully held themselves aloof from “black contamination” regained tribal recognition in the 1980s. Another group, also living in Amherst County, which proudly claimed African, Native, and Caucasian ancestry–the Buffalo Ridge Cherokee–did not.
RACIAL INTEGRITY ACT OF 1924
AN ACT TO PRESERVE RACIAL INTEGRITY
1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, That the State Registrar of Vital Statistics may as soon as practicable after the taking effect of this act, prepare a form whereon the racial composition of any individual, as Caucasian, negro, Mongolian, American Indian, Asiatic Indian, Malay, or any mixture thereof, or any other non-Caucasic strains, and if there be any mixture, then the racial composition of the parents and other ancestors, in so far as ascertainable, so as to show in what generation such mixture occurred, may be certified by such individual, which form shall be known as a registration certificate. The State Registrar may supply to each local registrar a sufficient number of such forms for the purpose of this act; each local registrar may personally or by deputy, as soon as possible after receiving said forms, have made thereon in duplicate a certificate of the racial composition as aforesaid, of each person resident in his district, who so desires, born before June fourteenth, nineteen hundred and twelve, which certificate shall be made over the signature of said person, or in the case of children under fourteen years of age, over the signature of a parent, guardian, or other person standing in loco parentis. One of said certificates for each person thus registering in every district shall be forwarded to the State Registrar for his files; the other shall be kept on file by the local registrar.
Every local registrar may, as soon as practicable, have such registration certificate made by or for each person in his district who so desires, born before June fourteen, nineteen hundred and twelve, for whom he has not on file a registration certificate, or a birth certificate.
2. It shall be a felony for any person wilfully or knowingly to make a registration certificate false as to color or race. The wilful making of a false registration or birth certificate shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary for one year.
3. For each registration certificate properly made and returned to the State Registrar, the local registrar returning the same shall be entitled to a fee of twenty-five cents, to be paid by the registrant. Application for registration and for transcript may be made direct to the State Registrar, who may retain the fee for expenses of his office.
4. No marriage license shall be granted until the clerk or deputy clerk has reasonable assurance that the statements as to color of both man and woman are correct.
If there is reasonable cause to disbelieve that applicants are of pure white race, when that fact is stated, the clerk or deputy clerk shall withhold the granting of the license until satisfactory proof is produced that both applicants are “white persons” as provided for in this act.
The clerk or deputy clerk shall use the same care to assure himself that both applicants are colored, when that fact is claimed.
5. It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian. For the purpose of this act, the term “white person” shall apply only to the person who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian; but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and have no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed to be white persons. All laws heretofore passed and now in effect regarding the intermarriage of white and colored persons shall apply to marriages prohibited by this act.
6. For carrying out the purposes of this act and to provide the necessary clerical assistance, postage and other expenses of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, twenty per cent of the fees received by local registrars under this act shall be paid to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics, which may be expended by the said bureau for the purposes of this act.
7. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with this act are, to the extent of such inconsistency, hereby repealed.
Alexander Francis Chamberlain, A.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Clark University…says: “In some regions considerable intermixture between negroes and Indians (Science, New York, Vol. XVII, 1891 pp. 85-90), has occurred, e.g., among the Pamunkeys, Mattoponies, and some other small Virginia and Carolinian tribes.” “It is also thought probable that many of the negroes of the whole lower Atlantic coast and Gulf region may have strains of Indian blood.” This probably accounts for the increasing number of negroes who are now writing to our Bureau demanding that the color on their birth certificates and marriage licenses be given as “Indian.”
The Amherst-Rockbridge group is the most notable example.
WALTER PLECKER LETTER TO LOCAL OFFICIALS
Local Registrars, Physicians, Health
Officers, Nurses, School Superintendents,
and Clerks of the Courts
Our December 1942 letter to local registrars, also mailed to the clerks,
set forth the determined effort to escape from the negro race of groups of “free
issues,” or descendants of the “free mulattoes” of early days, so listed prior to
1865 in the United States census and various types of State records, as distin-
guished from slave negroes.
Now that these people are playing up the advantages gained by being
permitted to give “Indian” as the race of the child’s parents on birth certifi-
cates, we see the great mistake made in not stopping earlier the organized pro-
pagation of this racial falsehood. They have been using the advantage thus gained
as an aid to intermarriage into the white race and to attend white schools, and
now for some time they have been refusing to register with war draft boards as
negroes, as required by the boards which are faithfully performing their duties.
Three of these negroes from Caroline County were sentenced to prison on January 12
in the United States Court at Richmond for refusing to obey the draft law unless
permitted to classify themselves as “Indian.”
Some of these mongrels, finding that they have been able to sneak in
their birth certificates unchallenged as Indians are now making a rush to register
as white. Upon investigation we find that a few local registrars have been per-
mitting such certificates to pass through their hands unquestioned and without
warning our office of the fraud. Those attempting this fraud should be warned
that they are liable to a penalty of one year in the penitentiary (Section 5099a
of the Code). Several clerks have likewise been actually granting them licenses
to marry whites, or at least to marry amongst themselves as Indian or white. The
danger of this error always confronts the clerk who does not inquire carefully as
to the residence of the woman when he does not have positive information. The
law is explicit that the license be issued by the clerk of the county or city in
which the woman resides.
To aid all of you in determining just which are the mixed families, we
have made a list of their surnames by counties and cities, as complete as possible
at this time. This list should be preserved by all, even by those in counties and
cities not included, as these people are moving around over the State and changing
race at the new place. A family has just been investigated which was always
recorded as negro around Glade Springs, Washington County, but which changed to
white and married as such in Roanoke County. This is going on constantly and can
be prevented only by care on the part of local registrars, clerks, doctors, health
workers, and school authorities.
Please report all known or suspicious cases to the Bureau of Vital
Statistics, giving names, ages, parents, and as much other information as possible.
All certificates of these people showing “Indian” or “white” are now being rejected
and returned to the physician or midwife, but local registrars hereafter must not
permit them to pass their hands uncorrected or unchallenged and without a note of
warning to us. One hundred and fifty thousand other mulattoes in Virginia are
watching eagerly the attempt of their pseudo-Indian brethren, ready to follow in
a rush when the first have made a break in the dike.
Very truly yours,
W. A. Plecker, M.D.
State Registrar of Vital Statistics
SURNAMES, BY COUNTIES AND CITIES, OF MIXED NEGROID VIRGINIA
FAMILIES STRIVING TO PASS AS “INDIAN” OR WHITE.
Albemarle: Moon, Powell, Kidd, Pumphrey.
Amherst (Migrants to Alleghany and Campbell): Adcock (Adcox), Beverly (this family is now trying to evade the situation by adopting the name of Burch or Birch, which was the name of the white mother of the present adult generation), Branham, Duff, Floyd, Hamilton, Hartless, Hicks, Johns, Lawless, Nuckles (Knuckles), Painter, Ramsey, Redcross, Roberts, Southards (Suthards, Southerds, Southers), Sorrells, Terry, Tyree, Willis, Clark, Cash, Wood.
Bedford: McVey, Maxey, Branham, Burley. (See Amherst County)
Rockbridge (Migrants to Augusta): Cash, Clark, Coleman, Duff, Floyd, Hartless, Hicks, Mason, Mayse (Mays), Painters, Pultz, Ramsey, Southerds (Southers, Southards, Suthards), Sorrells, Terry, Tyree, Wood, Johns.
Charles City: Collins, Dennis, Bradby, Howell, Langston, Stewart, Wynn, Adkins.
King William: Collins, Dennis, Bradby, Howell, Langston, Stewart, Wynn, Custalow (Custaloe), Dungoe, Holmes, Miles, Page, Allmond, Adams, Hawkes, Suprlock, Doggett.
New Kent: Collins, Bradby, Stewart, Wynn, Adkins, Langston.
Henrico and Richmond City: See Charles City, New Kent, and King William.
Caroline: Byrd, Fortune, Nelson. (See Essex)
Essex and King and Queen: Nelson, Fortune, Byrd, Cooper, Tate, Hammond, Brooks, Boughton, Prince, Mitchell, Robinson.
Elizabeth City & Newport News: Stewart (descendants of the Charles City families).
Halifax: Epps (Eppes), Stewart (Stuart), Coleman, Johnson, Martin, Talley, Sheppard (Shepard), Young.
Norfolk County & Portsmouth: Sawyer, Bass, Weaver, Locklear (Locklair), King, Bright, Porter, Ingram.
Westmoreland: Sorrells, Worlds (or Worrell), Atwells, Gutridge, Oliff.
Greene: Shifflett, Shiflet.
Prince William: Tyson, Segar. (See Fauquier)
Fauquier: Hoffman (Huffman), Riley, Colvin, Phillips. (See Prince William)
Lancaster: Dorsey (Dawson).
Washington: Beverly, Barlow, Thomas, Hughes, Lethcoe, Worley.
Roanoke County: Beverly. (See Washington)
Lee and Smyth: Collins, Gibson (Gipson), Moore, Goins, Ramsey, Delph, Bunch, Freeman, Mise, Barlow, Bolden (Bolin), Mullins, Hawkins. — Chiefly Tennessee “Melungeons.”
Scott: Dingus. (See Lee County)
Russell: Keith, Castell, Stillwell, Meade, Proffitt. (See Lee & Tazewell)
Tazewell: Hammed, Duncan. (See Russell)
Wise: See Lee, Smyth, Scott, and Russell Counties.
“Racial Integrity or ‘Race Suicide’: Virginia’s Eugenic Movement, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Work of Walter A. Plecker”, Derryn E. Moten, Negro History Bulletin, April-September 1999, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1157/is_1999_April-Sept/ai_70872606/pg_2
“THE BUFFALO RIDGE CHEROKEES (AN EXCERPT): http://www.aagsnc.org/columns/mar99col.htm
|Princess Tiana1||The 19-year-old heroine.||Anika Noni Rose|
|Charlotte La Bouff||An 18-year-old spoiled, southern debutante and diva. Tiana’s main rival.||Jennifer Cody|
|Dr. Facilier2||A palm reader and A Voodoo practitioner. The villain of the movie.||Keith David|
|Mama Odie||A 200-year-old Voodoo priestess/fairy Godmother.||Jenifer Lewis|
|Ray||A lovesick Cajun firefly.||Jim Cummings|
|Louis||Jazz singer alligator. Comic, manic, high-strung. Has a trumpet.||
|Prince Naveen3||A gregarious, fun-loving Prince who comes to the French Quarter for the Jazz scene and who Tiana and Charlotte had fallen in love with, in his early twenties.||Bruno Campos|
|Lawrence||Prince Naveen’s pompous valet.||Peter Bartlett|
|Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff||Wealthy, Southern Sugar Mill owner and father of Charlotte La Bouff.||John Goodman|
|Eudora||Tiana’s mother. In her fifties.||Oprah Winfrey|
The age of Pocahontas in 1607 at the time of John Smith’s arrival was much younger (closer to 10 or 11 according to accounts), creating a vast age gap between the two. While the real Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life from her father, there was no romance involved. With their ages being what they were, a romance would be irregular and unlikely. The real Pocahontas was not an only child; her father, Chief Powhatan, had an estimated fifty wives and an undetermined number of children. While she did indeed go to London in her lifetime, it was as a hostage, not as a diplomat. Pocahontas married John Rolfe in real life. However, this was against her will. He took an interest in her while she was a hostage, and took her as his wife (no romance involved). Her name was changed to Rebecca Rolfe (she was the first Native American to be baptized). When she did go to England, Ratcliffe (who in the Disney film shoots at her father, but instead shoots Smith, who pushes Pocahontas’s father out of the way, and wounds Smith) had already been dead for three years, therefore making a reunion and controversy between the two impossible (Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World). Her going to England did however allow peace between the Europeans and Powhatan people for many years, which was the basic point of her going there in the film as well. Around 1612 she was married to Kocoum (who asked for her hand in marriage) where as in the film he was killed shortly after their marriage was planned.
Here is an article from the LA Times that speaks of the hopeful aspirations that black Iraqis have that Barack Obama has a landslide win in this year’s presidential election. Many of them are pinning their hopes on Obama, but, are they letting themselves in for a big letdown (if he is elected), and their needs and concerns in Iraq still go unnoticed and alleviated? Are they setting themselves up for a big disappointment if what Obama does with the leaders of Iraq will be more of still the same ‘ol same ol’ that does nothing for the average Iraqi citizen, much less the Black Iraqi citizens?
Obama in the end is just a man, and it will be up to the government and society of Iraq to do right by its black citizens.
Then again, 1,000 years of racial hatred against the black Iraqis will definitely not be eradicated in a few months, whether or not Obama is elected.
IRAQ: Black Iraqis Hoping for a Barack Obama Win
Another problem, according to Razzaq, is that many of Iraq’s most powerful people still think of blacks as servants. Some tribal sheiks still keep blacks as slaves, he says.
Razzaq regrets not launching his movement five years ago, after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime. “We didn’t do it then because we were worried about being accused of trying of trying to stir up trouble at a time of nation-building,” he said. “We had hoped the new parliament would come to include black people, but that did not happen.”
As he travels through the country, Razzaq carries with him the resumes and biographies of black Iraqis who he says have been denied jobs and high political appointments because of their race.
If Obama wins in November, he’s hoping Iraq’s leaders will take a closer look at the documents and give some black Iraqis a chance. And if John McCain wins? “It will be a big disappointment,” Razzaq says.
— Raheem Salman and Tina Susman in Baghdad
The USA’s largest neo-Nazi group is ditching its trademark brown Nazi uniform with swastika armband for a more muted look in black fatigues.
In Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Skinheads is changing its name to Keystone United to attract members.
The nation’s largest white-power website, Stormfront, has a new feature that lets members create social-networking pages. The site has had as many as 42,700 unique visitors in a 24-hour period this month, a steady rise since it started in 1995.
Supremacist groups are on the rise as they market themselves to middle America, according to leaders of the groups and organizations that monitor them. They are fueled by the debate over illegal immigration and a struggling economy.
“Many white supremacist groups are going more mainstream,” says Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist who studies hate crime. “They are eliminating the sheets and armbands. … The groups realize if they want to be attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class.”
Levin estimates fewer than 50,000 people are members of white supremacist groups, but he says their influence is growing with a more sophisticated approach.
From 2006 to 2007, the number of such groups rose by 5% to 888, says the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks them through news reports and other sources.
The number is up 48% since 2000.
The FBI knows of about 24 domestic terrorist groups. Spokesman Richard Kolko would not say how many are white supremacists.
Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, says the government classifies his group as a domestic group of interest, not domestic terrorists. The FBI would not comment.
Interest in the group “has really spiked up,” says Schoep, who would not say by how much.
“Historically, when times get tough in our nation, that’s how movements like ours gain a foothold,” he says. “When the economy suffers, people are looking for answers. … We are the answer for white people.
“And now this immigrant thing in the past couple of years has been the biggest boon to us,” Schoep says. “The immigration issue is the biggest problem we’re facing because it’s changing the face of our country. We see stuff in English and Spanish. … They are turning our country into a Third World ghetto.”
The National Socialist Movement is the largest neo-Nazi group in the USA, according to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League, which works to fight bigotry. The NSM has chapters in 38 states, its website says.
Mark Potok, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, says the debate over immigration has led to a rise in hate groups.
In Pennsylvania, where the Hispanic population increased by 41% from 2000 through 2007, Keystone United has been busy.
Members distribute fliers calling on residents to fight crime they say is committed by illegal immigrants, gangs and drug dealers. In September, members joined a rally against illegal immigration in Shenandoah that was organized after four white teens were arrested in connection with the beating death of a Latino illegal immigrant.
“A lot of these small working-class towns are being invaded by different types of people,” says Douglas Myers, one of Keystone United’s founders. He says the group speaks out for the rights of whites being pushed aside by newcomers.
“It appears they are tapping into and fanning the flames of mainstream America’s fear of immigrants,” says Ann Van Dyke of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. “They are increasingly using the language of Main Street, things like, ‘We want safe communities to raise our children.’ “
Myers says the group is organizing family-friendly activities, rejecting the violence that made skinheads notorious. For example, they plan gatherings in public libraries.
“It’s not the footage from the ’80s with people burning crosses. It’s a very healthy environment,” Myers, 26, says.
The renewed activity includes a boom on the Internet, says Don Black, creator of the Stormfront website. The site has 144,000 registered members.
“Many people in this country, even if they were upset with the country’s immigration policies, never felt that threatened until now,” Black, 55, says. “White people were the majority. That’s rapidly changing.”
Black says the candidacy of Barack Obama has raised his site’s profile.
In the past year, members have posted 337 entries on Stormfront related to Obama, ranging from whether an Obama victory will start a revolution among whites to whether the candidate will take away gun rights.
Black’s son, Derek, 19, was elected to the Palm Beach County, Fla., Republican committee in August. Local Republican leaders are trying to unseat him after learning of his white supremacist ties.
Don Black, once a Ku Klux Klan leader in Alabama, says he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm he sees.
“We see a lot of people coming out of the woodwork,” he says.
As if changing their name changes their group’s history:
Change your name, eh? Let’s see you change the hate and murder you have committed. That I have got to see.
“Many white supremacist groups are going more mainstream,” says Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist who studies hate crime. “They are eliminating the sheets and armbands. … The groups realize if they want to be attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class.”
“Attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class”.
They do not have to appeal to any economic class of people. Self-hating people who agree with the filth that WS groups excrete will agree with them no matter what their economic station in life. It’s not as if only poor whites run with the Klan or Aryan nation racist groups. It’s not as if white supremacist racists with ties to the Klan and Aryan supremacists do not live in upscale neighborhoods, don’t live in all white towns/suburbs/exurbs or all white gated communties, or have never run for government or had sympathetic ties to supremacist groups, and have not been elected.
Past and present.
As for getting rid of the sheets, armbands. . . .clean up a pig, and it is still a pig (apologies to the real pigs of the world).
There is no telling how many WS/Klans members that are in office now. They do not have to burn a cross or lynch anyone to get their message across. Fillibustering to death important legislation that helps minority communities, steering the construction of hazardus waste sites to minority neighborhoods, gutting social programs that can help disadvantaged neighborhoods—-those are things that WS sympathizers can do.
No need to run defenseless Black citizens through the streets underneath the carriage of their vehicles (as if that has stopped; it hasn’t), to prove their racist hatred. It is the skulking, hiding sneak-racist that should be looked out for, as well as the out-in-the-open haters.
WS are a threat to this country, for they are the enemy within.
Homeland Security alerts for terrorists outside of America. Yeah, okay.
But, don’t forget about the vicious enemies that reside within this country.
The Terry McNichols and Timothy McVeighs are increasing, and they are not going away.
No matter what wardrobe they decide to dress in before they leave the house.
“The FBI knows of about 24 domestic terrorist groups. Spokesman Richard Kolko would not say how many are white supremacists.”
What! “Knows about.”
Okay, so the FBI knows about these 24 groups, but, they do not know how many are white supremacist?
So, riddle me this. . . .the FBI is not capable of infiltrating any of these WS groups? Oh, they can spin and weave lies about Dr. Martin Luther King, The Black Panthers, the N.A.A.C.P., SNCC, and many former Civil Rights groups, but, they are incapable of investigating these 24 domestic terrorist groups?
Seems to me, the FBI does not want to exercise any extra effort to surveil these domestic terrorist groups any more than they want to. Seems to me the FBI would rather let racist groups like this forment so they can build in numbers and be able to attack more non-whites. If the FBI was so gung-ho on doing its job, they would know how many of these 24 domestic terrorist groups were white, or otherwise.
Seems to me, the FBI is still operating as if J. Edgar is still in charge.
“Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, says the government classifies his group as a domestic group of interest, not domestic terrorists. The FBI would not comment.”
“Domestic group of interest“.
What the hell is a domestic group of interest? Seems to me the FBI wants to see these groups escalate in their hatred:
“We (FBI) are interested in you (racist group), but we (FBI) don’t have the balls to aggressively investigate and gather evidence to prosecute you (domestic group of interest) that advocates racist hatred.”
“The FBI would not comment.”
Of course they will not comment. What can they say? Maybe they will grow some balls and realize the egg on their face is rotten and festering.
“Historically, when times get tough in our nation, that’s how movements like ours gain a foothold,” he says.”
When times get tough, the real test of a person’s character comes out. The best.
And the worst.
“When the economy suffers, people are looking for answers. … We are the answer for white people.”
No. You are the answer for weak-minded people who harbor the same beliefs as you.
“In the past year, members have posted 337 entries on Stormfront related to Obama, ranging from whether an Obama victory will start a revolution among whites to whether the candidate will take away gun rights.”
And what “revolution” would that be? That whites will go crazy because they elect a black man whose father hailed from Kenya? Black people have had to vote for whites for forever, and have survived those elected whites. I am sure that whites will survive Obama.
Hell, if they can survive the AntiChrist President Shrub. . . .they (and the rest of America) can survive anything.
As for Obama “taking away guns” only a fool would espouse such a stupid statement.
No elected official in their right mind will take away guns from any group of U.S. citizens. At least not in this day and age (even though such hatred was done to Black U.S. citizens during Reconstruction and segregation). (The last time I looked, the 2ND Amendment still is in effect.) Take away guns. That is political suicide of the worst order. Now as for rights taken away. . . .that has already happened, Mr. White Supremacist, under your beloved President Shrub with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act. . . .
“We see a lot of people coming out of the woodwork,” he says.”
Yeah, vermin usually does.
And what vermin needs is a good insecticid fogging.