The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, April 21, 2014

White Supremacy: Another Perspective

One week after the senseless Jewish Community Center killings near Kansas City, Missouri, attention is focusing on America's white supremacist and the horrors of racist who affiliate with our political and social Right. Truthdig during the week published a piece worthy of a full and thorough read. I have posted an except below and coupled it with a segment from the Rachel Maddow Show.  You will notice I also posted the video segment in a post related to CNN's ridiculous question about the KKK: "Can the KKK re-brand (itself)."

CNN has to know the GOP cannot re-brand, of course the KKK will fail in all attempts to do so! White supremacy is as American as "apple-pie." Any network that would seek readers and viewers while dallying around the wrong irrelevant side of exploring white supremacy, lowers the social intellect of its viewers and readers. 


The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy

Posted on Apr 16, 2014
Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups enjoy relative freedom to spew their hatred and promote racist ideology. Too often, their murderous rampages are viewed as acts of deranged “lone wolf” attackers. These seemingly fringe groups are actually well-organized, interconnected and are enjoying renewed popularity.

In April 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a study on right-wing extremists in the United States. The 10-page report included findings like “The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.” It controversially suggested military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could potentially be recruited to join hate groups. The report provoked a firestorm of criticism, especially from veterans groups. The Obama administration was just months old, and newly appointed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano withdrew the report, apologizing for it during a congressional budget hearing.

Mark Potok is a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking right-wing hate groups and Frazier Glenn Miller for years. Potok said, about that report, “a real problem with the Department of Homeland Security ... ever since a particular report on the right wing was leaked to the press in April of 2009, DHS has sort of cowered. They essentially gutted their non-Islamic domestic terrorism unit.”

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