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Showing posts with label SPLC. Show all posts
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: An Absence Of Leadership (Gun Mass Terror)

When Leadership Fails To Lift and Improve Society, It All Erodes

 Leadership matters.

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And, where does the failure to lead take the nation?  Correction, actually Trump is leading. He is leading a party and a national mindset which embraces racism and bigotry.

Indifference matters.  How many times have we heard: 
"...this will never happen again?" 
"...this will not define us.
" Now is not the tie ....."
" ...we need prayers"
While the US leads the world in mass killings via white nationalist (white supremacists), we are seeing irrefutable evidence national leadership remains indifferent. Trump's leadership clearly fuels US white supremacy while weaponizing the minds of Americans who may not even realize they harbor racists inclinations.  

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently published a piece which offers a timeline of White House (Trump and cabal) indifference to white supremacy and growing overt manifestations.  July 2019...Linked here. Hardly a piece with examples of critical national leadership.

But leadership isn't just the domain of the White House.  The US congress is an even more critical facilitator of gun violence via its concrete and never yielding defense of the NRA; facilitation is 99.98% via the GOP and cash contributions.  In 2018 The Business Insider published a list of then-current politicians who accepted a political contribution from the NRA.   You may ask, "why pick-on the NRA?"

Let's use a basic literary device called the syllogism (deductive reasoning) to show why we "pick on the NRA." 
Major premise (A): The NRA has a mission of gun proliferation. Minor premise (B): Mass killers use guns (specifically rapid-fire military-style rifles)
Conclusion (C): Politicians who support the NRA are mass killing facilitators.
    If you viewed the Business Insider list of NRA friendly politicians, you couldn't have avoided a mental image of the GOP as the penultimate facilitator of our weekly mass killings.

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    • Major premise (A):  NRA almost exclusively fulfills  its mission via donations to Republicans 
    • Minor premise (B): Money helps to win elections and paid individual pockets
    • Conclusion (C): GOP politicians help fulfill the NRA mission
    Now take the NRA information and blend the information with growing white supremacy (unchecked by national leadership) and we get more of the message from the meme below.

    First, consider watching the first two minutes of the following CNN segment (aired this morning).

    Here is another angle from the Right. Why consider the impact of military-style weapons when a party can continue to point to mental illness.  Mass killings are virtually impossible without military-style rifles.

    It should be noted the Texas Lt. Governor declined t appear on CNN while scrambling to appear on Trump TV (Fox).

    The aforementioned meme.
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    A contrast in law enforcement; Eric Garner strangled to death while yelling: "I can't breathe" and the El Paso white supremacist terrorist while being arrest seeming to offer order for a burger with fries. 


    We will revisit this issue as information comes forth.


    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Terrorism? US Terrorism Is A Threat

    Repost w/permission via The Southern Poverty Law Center

    A new terrorism database analysis shows almost two-thirds of the terror attacks in the United States last year were carried out by right-wing extremists.
    Researchers and journalists for the news site Quartz said they used data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database that has tabulated terrorist events around the world since 1970. The database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), affiliated with the University of Maryland. 
    “A Quartz analysis of the database shows that almost two-thirds of terror attacks in the (United States) last year were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations,” its posting says. 
    The remaining attacks, the web site said, “were driven by left-wing ideologies … and Islamic extremism.” 
    Globally, terrorist attacks dropped from about 17,000 in 2014 to about 11,000 in 2017, including a 40 percent decline in the Middle East, according to Quartz's analysis of the START data. 
    But the United States has seen a recent surge in terror-related violence, with 65 attacks last year, up from six in 2006, it said. 
    In a related post last month, Quartz said of 65 terrorism incidents last year in the United States, 37 were “tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government or xenophobic motivations.” 
    The list includes the August 2017 incident at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many others. The suspect, James Alex Fields, was photographed earlier that day marching with neo-Nazi hate group Vanguard America. Fields has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in Virginia. In June, he was indicted on 30 charges of federal hate crimes related to the attack. 
    The list also includes attacks on a gay bar in Puerto Rico, mosques in Washington, Texas, and Florida and a “vehicle decorated with Jewish iconography in New York,” the posting said. 
    Quartz said the Global Terrorism Database annual report includes “cases where violence is used by non-state actors to achieve political, economic, religious, or social goals through fear and coercion.” 
    For example, it said, the database “includes ideologically motivated attacks like the Charleston church shooting, but not ones such as the Aurora movie theater massacre.” 
    The database also classifies cases according to attackers’ affiliations, such as the Ku Klux Klan. When an affiliation is unknown, the database lists the participant’s ideological identity if it’s known, such as white extremist. 
    For further reading on right-wing extremist terrorism, check out Terror from the Right, the Southern Poverty Law Center's directory of major terrorist plots and right-wing political violence from 1995 to the present.
    Photo credit AP Images/Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    Home Grown Terror In A Tennessee Waffle House

    The Classic American Terrorist Strikes Again

    Of course, he has mental issues. 

    Yes, he attacked the Waffle House while wearing nothing more than a jacket. 

    Sure he has a recent history of an arrest while attempting to get close to Trump.

    Reports are he has a personal history which included having guns taken from him due to mental problems. Those same reports also stated his father facilitated re-arming the US terrorist.

    US Terrorist/Murderer
    Travis Reinking, 29, far-right "sovereignty" terrorist.

    Sovereignty movement?  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) defines the movement as such: linked, here. The SPLC link offers a critical connection to racist and bigoted roots of the "sovereignty movement."  The FBI has also reported on the movement as far back as 2010 linked, here.  

    The horror of far-right ideology, bundled with mental illness in a mind which seems to also harbor racist views?  Well, the bundled social pervert was destined to strike; he gave all the warnings necessary to place a check on his movements and his access to firearms. And strike he did!

    Yesterday, The Raw Story published a piece related the Reinking shooting. The piece links to a detailed Washington Post article about Reinking's past. Note the WashPo piece also shines more light on parenting via his father which seemed absent or remote and hands-off. The Raw Story paragraph indicates a person who should have been institutionalized years ago.

    On June 16, 2017, officials say Reinking — who was living inside a shop above the offices of his father’s construction business in Tremont, Ill. — screamed at two employees before driving away wearing a pink dress and carrying an AR-15 rifle. He showed up minutes later at a local pool, jumped into the water wearing only his underwear and exposed himself to the lifeguards, a police report says. 
    Reinking’s father and sister both told officials that they would try to keep the weapons away from Reinking until he gets some mental help, the report says.
    The Raw Story piece; linked here. (a must read)

    Think of the horrific social bundle. Extreme mental illness, apparently less need for a job, racism, firearm availability and access all led to one thing: use of the firearm to kill people.

    Reinking Waffle House murders are yet another people of nation system failures regarding far-right ideology, firearms, and preferential law enforcement. 

    Waffle House Victims

    Of all pieces to date, we feel this Daily Mail UK piece offers the best description of the Waffle House terror.

    If citizen James Shaw hadn't summoned the courage to work to save his own life, Reinking would have killed more in the restaurant.

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    All the while.......


    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Conservatism Is, Like It Or Not, Fueling White Nationalism

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    You may or may not fact, you probably do not know and probably do not care that Charles Barkley (known GOP supporter and former Pro basketball player) sat with White supremacist Richard Spencer for a discussion of Spencer's mission in advancing white supremacy.  Regardless of your awareness or concerns about the interaction and the interviews role in exploring growing American bigotry and racism, we perservere. We have posted a four-minute version of the interaction.

    Barkley/Spencer 4:45 minutes

    Now for a quick run through an ugly path of how overt racism looks.

    This one is eight full minutes of utterance racism with an over the top layer of White privilege..and yes the man is a "Deplorable."

    The Chicago Starbucks Racist.

    Charleston, South Carolina
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    New York City
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    The Southern Poverty Law Center
    2016 piece

    And, since Trump ascended across the political landscape, would you expect an increase in white nationalism?  A piece in The Nation calls it as it exists.

    Another shade of US racism, bigotry......


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    We are not saying all conservatives are racist; we are comfortable with all racists are conservates.

    When we elect people who fail to work towards a tolerant and healthy society we leave ourselves open for lessons of the past.


    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Trump, Hate and A Remedy? Staff

    This post was first published on

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    Image Via The Pardu; not from the original Bill Moyers dot com post.  The image is not phototshopped.

    As Hate Incidents Rise, Rights Groups Urge Trump to Denounce Bigotry

    The Southern Poverty Law Center reveals a "national outbreak of hate" since Donald Trump's election.

    Since the election of Donald Trump, an increased number of hate incidents have targeted minority groups in America, and the election results are having a negative impact on America’s schoolchildren, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    On Tuesday, the SPLC revealed these findings at a press conference held in conjunction with a number of human rights and education leaders, calling on Trump to denounce racism and bigotry and to reconsider some of the high-level appointments he has made since the election.
    Students chanted, “Trump won, you’re g back to Mexico!”

    While Trump has disavowed white supremacists since his election, he has not “acknowledged that his own words have sparked the barrage of hate that we are seeing,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “Trump has been singing the white supremacist song since he came down that escalator in his tower and announced his presidency, calling Mexican immigrants rapists.”

    In the days following Trump’s election, a high school teacher in Washington state reported that she heard students chanting “white power” in the hall. In over 15 years of teaching high school, “this is the first year that swastikas are appearing all over school furniture,” she said.

    “’Kill the n*****s’” was etched in a high school bathroom in Tennessee, according to a teacher there. In Kansas, students chanted, “Trump won, you’re going back to Mexico!” a high school teacher reported.

    These are a handful of the examples given in an online survey of over 10,000 educators since the election for the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project. In its report on the project, “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Election on Our Nation’s Schools,” the SPLC found that 9 out of 10 educators who responded have seen a negative impact on students’ mood and behavior following the election.

    Eighty percent reported heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans and LGBT students. Forty percent reported hearing derogatory language in their schools against these groups. In over 2,500 reported incidents, teachers said Trump’s name had been invoked and election rhetoric had been used.

    While the reporting is not scientific and does not represent a random sampling of teachers, it appears to show a snapshot of the anxiety, tensions and troubles that are facing America’s schoolchildren.

    Across the country, the SPLC documented 867 bias-related incidents in the 10 days following the presidential election. The data come from direct submissions to their #ReportHate intake page, social media and news articles.

    These acts of harassment and intimidation are happening at schools, workplaces, grocery stores, on public transportation, in houses of worship and even in people’s homes. Most have received messages of hate through graffiti and verbal harassment, but a few have also reported violent physical interactions.

    “These incidents have been ugly. And time after time the perpetrator has invoked Mr. Trump’s name. The level of hate that has been unleashed is unprecedented,” Cohen said. The incidents documented are likely a “small fraction” of the actual number of election-related hate incidents that have happened since was elected president, according to the SPLC.

    In our own office, we have heard directly about similar incidents targeting friends and colleagues. A contributor to, Lee Drutman, as well as Harvard Law School Professor Sanford Levinson, a guest on Bill Moyers Journal, both received chilling, anti-Semitic hate mail at their homes in the days following Trump’s election.

    Drutman wrote about the lengthy, deeply disturbing diatribe he received in a post for our site, while news of Levinson’s harassment came to us via email. The handwritten note to Levinson read: “You just got your k**e a** kicked. F**k you h**ie. We’re gonna drain the swamp at Harvard law. Juden raus!”

    Instead of “feigning ignorance” about why white supremacists would be inspired by him, it’s time for Trump to “repair the damage he has caused,” Cohen said. “[Trump] needs to speak out forcefully and repeatedly against bigotry; he needs to apologize to the communities he’s injured and demonstrate they will be protected and valued in his administration,” he added.

    Last week, Trump disavowed the support of a group of white supremacists who recently held a conference in Washington, DC. “I disavow and condemn them,” Trump told The New York Times, adding that he does not want to “energize” such groups. At the weekend gathering of the neo-Nazi, white supremacist National Policy Institute, organizers and attendees reprised the Nazi salute with cheers of “Heil Trump.”

    Trump’s Inner Circle

    At Tuesday’s press conference, Brenda Abdelall of Muslim Advocates said Trump’s remarks on CBS’ 60 Minutes calling on his supporters accused of racism to “stop it,” were a “step in the right direction.” Still, there “must be more,” she said.

    Abdelall called on Trump to reconsider some of his recently selected top advisors including Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart news, which Bannon described as a “platform for the ‘alt-right,’” a white nationalist movement; Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who holds hard-right views on Muslims and Islam; and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has been dogged by accusations of racism throughout his career.

    “Otherwise the selection of these individuals indicate that the bigoted, divisive rhetoric that we saw in the campaign will continue as a matter of policy and practice in the White House,” Abdelall said.

    In a conversation last week, Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said he was “concerned and troubled” about Trump’s selection of Bannon. “Steve Bannon described his effort to make Breitbart ‘the platform for the alt-right.’ He has largely succeeded in that regard because it’s really become a haven for anti-Semites and bigots of all stripes.”

    He also expressed concern about the National Policy Institute, describing them as some of the “worst elements” in our society. “They talked about — literally, about ‘a new right that will openly embrace white rational consciousness or white political identity’… Having people in the Oval Office that associate with this movement is at best disturbing.”

    Greenblatt said that since the election, the ADL’s 26 field offices across the country have been “inundated with calls” about verbal harassment, vandalism and some physical assaults targeting Jewish people, Mexican-Americans, Muslims, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    The Southern Poverty Law Center: The Trump Effect

    The Southern Poverty Law Center shows how the actions of demagogues lead to behavior our history has archived as genocidal tragedies. Bullying in schools is an indication of the level of vile emanating from the current elections cycle. 

    While evidence of such isn;t as prevalent, I am seeing, reading and hearing far too much vile oratory on the Left.

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    April 13, 2016

    A survey of approximately 2,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, according to a report released today.

    The report – The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools – found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.

    Teachers also reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates.

    “We’re deeply concerned about the level of fear among minority children who feel threatened by both the incendiary campaign rhetoric and the bullying they’re encountering in school,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “We’ve seen Donald Trump behave like a 12-year-old, and now we’re seeing 12-year-olds behave like Donald Trump.”

    The online survey, conducted by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project from March 23 to April 2, is not scientific. But it provides a rich source of information about the impact of this year’s election on the country’s classrooms. The data, including 5,000 comments from educators, shows a disturbing nationwide problem, one that is particularly acute in schools with high concentrations of minority children.

    • More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students – mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.
    • More than half have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse.
    • More than third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.
    • More than 40 percent are hesitant to teach about the election.
    While the survey did not identify candidates, more than 1,000 comments mentioned Donald Trump by name. In contrast, a total of fewer than 200 contained the names Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. More than 500 comments contained the words “fear,” “scared,” “afraid,” “anxious,” or “terrified” to describe the campaign’s impact on minority students.

    “My students are terrified of Donald Trump,” wrote a teacher from a middle school with a large population of African-American Muslims. “They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.”

    In state after state, teachers reported similar fears.

    A K-3 teacher in Oregon said her black students are “concerned for their safety because of what they see on TV at Trump rallies.” In Tennessee, a kindergarten teacher said a Latino child – told by classmates that he will be deported and blocked from returning home by a wall – asks every day, “Is the wall here yet?”

    A number of teachers reported that students are using the word “Trump” as a taunt or chant as they gang up on others. Muslim children are being called “terrorist,” or “ISIS,” or “bomber.” One teacher wrote that a fifth-grader told a Muslim student “that he was supporting Donald Trump because he was going to kill all of the Muslims if he became president!”

    Educators, meanwhile, are perplexed and conflicted about what to do. They report being stymied by the need to remain nonpartisan but disturbed by the anxiety in their classrooms and the lessons that children may be absorbing from this campaign.

    “Schools are finding that their anti-bullying work is being tested and, in many places, falling apart,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello, author of the report. “Most teachers seem to feel they need to make a choice between teaching about the election or protecting their kids. In elementary school, half have decided to avoid it. In middle and high schools, we’re seeing more who have decided, for the first time, not to be neutral.”

    The long-term impact on children’s wellbeing, their behavior or their civic education is impossible to gauge. Some teachers report that their students are highly engaged and interested in the political process this year. Others worry that the election is making them “less trusting of government” or “hostile to opposing points of view,” or that children are “losing respect for the political process.”

    The SPLC urged educators to not abandon their teaching about the election, to use instances of incivility as teaching moments, and to support children who are hurt, confused or frightened by what they’re hearing from the candidates.

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    3 Dead: Lafayette Theater Shooter (Not A Social Progressive In Any Sense)

      Repost from SPLC Hatewatch website.


    Hatewatch Blog   Go to the profile of SPLC

    Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of Hitler, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies

    Editors’ note: This story was last updated at 10:40 a.m. CST and will continue to be updated throughout the day.

    One day after John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., a picture is emerging online of a man caught up with a number of far right-wing ideas and fascinated about “the power of the lone wolf.”

    Photo of suspect John Russell Houser via his LinkedIn page

    Photo of suspect John Russell Houser via his LinkedIn page

    “Do not mistake yourselves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this website. I do not want to discourage the last hope for the best, but you must realize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that come forth in ALL situations.” Houser wrote on a forum dedicated to the New York chapter of Golden Dawn, Greece’s far-right neo-Nazi political party. “Look within yourselves.” 

    That comment was one of dozens of messages that Houser, 59, left on several Internet message boards, all of which provide a picture of a politically disaffected, angry man who viewed the United States as a “financially failing filth farm,” expressed interest in white power groups, anti-Semitic ideas, the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, as well as a number of conspiracy theories often espoused by the antigovernment right.

    “Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism,” Houser wrote last January on the website “There is no question of his being the most successful that ever lived. At this time the US is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘ruling with an iron hand’ will be palatable anew.”

    In a biography Houser provided on, he described his interests as “hustling” and said that his political involvement was minimal, though he also belonged to a forum associated with Tea Party Nation. But as for voting, he said, “don’t vote, waste of time.” He also wrote of the Westboro Baptist Church, lauding its members who frequently picket funerals of soldiers and celebrities.

    “The Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America. [Members not brainwashed.],” Houser wrote on Twitter.

    The shooting comes five weeks after another domestic terrorist, Dylann Roof, walked into a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., and killed nine people, adding to an ever growing list of attackers who, motivated by right-wing ideologies, have a left a growing body count of innocent victims.
    Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that found lone wolf terrorists were among the most violent threat emerging form the radical right. The study found that in the last five years, an attack from the radical right has been carried out or thwarted on average every 34 days, leaving 63 people dead at the hands of lone wolves animated by right-wing extremist ideas.

    “It is a shame Tim McVeigh is not going to be with us to enjoy the hilarity of turning the tables with an IRON HAND,” Houser wrote of the Oklahoma City bomber on the Golden Dawn website.

    Here is a sampling of Houser’s comments left across the Web:

    This post will be updated.