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Showing posts with label The Southern Poverty Law Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Southern Poverty Law Center. Show all posts

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.


    Sunday, December 9, 2018

    Charlottesville Conviction: Racists React


     James Alex Fields Jr. , Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

    ...First Degree Murder Charlottesville, VA. white supremacist rally

    ...Murder Victim Heather Heyer
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    And how do America's white supremacists react to the verdict?

    Repost from The Southern Poverty Law Center

    A day after a neo-Nazi is convicted of murder, associates of the countries oldest, most violent skinhead groups charged with hate crimes.

    Travis David Condor, a member of the band Birthrite and head of hate music record label American Defense Records, was among nine people arrested at a bar in Lynwood, Washington, early Saturday morning.

    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a release that the people in custody attacked a black DJ at the Rec Room Bar while shouting racial slurs at the man.

    The attack came on Martyr’s Day, which marks the anniversary of the death of Robert Jay Mathews, a white supremacist who led the domestic terrorist group The Order in the mid-1980s.

    Mathews died December 8, 1984, in a shootout with FBI agents on Whidbey Island, Washington, and has become a hero to the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements.

    Condor posted on his Instagram praising white supremacist terrorist Robert J. Mathews.

    All were arrested at about 12:40 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time), just hours after a jury across the country in Virginia convicted 21-year-old James Alex Fields of murder for driving his car into a group of counter-protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally on

    August 12, 2017.

    The verdict in Fields’ case has been closely watched in the racist "alt-right" and white supremacist communities, and the guilty finding drew outrage from them online.

    Condor was photographed rallying alongside members of the Hammerskin Nation and other white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally, which turned violent before being dispersed by police.

    Hammerskin Nation’s western region members have been involved in violence at political rallies across 2017. “Western Hammers” were also involved with the Rise Above Movement (RAM), which participated in violence during rallies in Huntington Beach and San Bernardino, California. Members were photographed during the April 2017 Berkeley riot.

    Perhaps the Hammerskins’ most infamous member is Wade Michael Page, who gunned down six worshippers in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012. Page turned his pistol on himself after engaging first responders, including Lt. Brian Murphy, who Page shot 15 times during a shootout in the temple’s parking lot.

    For years, the Hammerskins and other racist skinheads have gathered outside Seattle, Washington, to celebrate Mathews and The Order’s legacy of terrorism. Groups usually travel by ferry to Whidbey Island and take photographs near the plot of land where Mathews died during a firefight with federal law enforcement officers.

    The Order is celebrated by white supremacists for its underground spree of terror, which lasted just over a year. The group ran a sophisticated counterfeiting operation, committed numerous armed robberies and netted millions of dollars. In June 1984 members of the Order murdered Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host from Denver who was known for his fiery debates with white supremacists who called into his show.

    Condor, who praised Mathews on social media, was previously arrested in 2010 for severely beating a homeless man with metal pipes and baseball bats. The assault took place while Condor was a soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg. He pled guilty to the charges.

    Police and sheriff’s deputies said the DJ, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Some of his equipment was also damaged.

    Condor and another man, Cory Thomas Colwell, of Eugene, Oregon, face multiple charges, including assault and malicious harassment based on race, which the state considers a hate crime. Bond on all the charges added up to $33,000 and $34,500 respectively for the two men.

    Also arrested on charges of malicious harassment were:

    Leah N. Northcraft, who is charged with malicious harassment based on race. Bond is set at $10,000.

    Vincent Bradley Nutter, who is charged with malicious harassment based on race. Bond is set at $10,000.

    Randy Smith, who is charged with malicious harassment based on race. Bond is set at $10,000.

    Nathaniel L. Woodell, who is charged with malicious harassment based on race. Bond is set at $10,000.

    This post has been updated for clarity.


    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.
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    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.......


    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Morris Dees, SPLC Founder Joins Atty, Holder On Racial Animus And President Obama

    After Attorney General Eric Holder's ABC News interview on July 13, 2014, Sarah Palin and other GOP conservative talking heads accused the AG of "Playing the Race Card." 

    Since Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (years later) the GOP has carved out a geo/political region across a southern swath of the United States with an undeniably effective "Southern Strategy."

    Southern strategy - Wikipedia

    While the GOP "base" map looks more like the image below, rest assured the GOP has a voting bloc strangle hold on the states depicted above via Wiki.

    A political party with 82% white membership with subgroups like conservative libertarians (reported demographic of 70 plus percent white members) has a dedicated voter niche. The GOP can claim fiscal conservatism and the moral high-ground (very much unfounded), but the glue that holds it all together resides in matters of race.

    He claims not to have said "black people" while claiming a misstated and garbled "BLAH" people.  Yet, his audience resoundingly applauded his words signaling aggregate knowledge of a species called "BLAH" people (maybe only a denizen species in Iowa). There is not denying recognition of Santorum's "dog whistle."  

    Rush Limbaugh has stated angst against Obama and Holder is not due to race. He posits the more vocal are anti-democrat. Fortunately, Limbaugh speaks to a dedicated group of sycophant listeners. His listeners may even find a place in their gray matter to accept Limbaugh platitudes. We offer a vastly different picture.


    1. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
    No, but I’ve noticed that all racist bigots think like Rush Limbaugh. Comparing a respected black politician and minister to common criminals is Jim Crow racism. Maybe all black people look alike to him, but I’ve never seen a picture of a wanted criminal that looks like Jesse Jackson. A serial killer that looks like Rush Limbaugh on the other hand.
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    Talking heads on the Right consistently adopt deflective strategy against AG Holder, but the strategy fails once their rhetoric moves beyond their sycophants followers. I place much more faith in one who surely knows the vast cloaked world of racism, antisemitism, homophobia and gender bias. Once, I move past Tim Wise's educational anti-racism lectures and books, I quickly move  to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In fact, the SPLC is my one stop source of information related to US  covert and overt racism. Morris Dees, SPLC Founder, recently wrote in support of Holder's comments on race in America and direct animus towards President Obama and himself. 

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    Right-wing pundits are jumping all over Attorney General Eric Holder for daring to suggest on Sunday that “racial animus” plays a role in the “level of vehemence” that’s been directed at President Obama. They’re denouncing him for “playing the race card” and “stoking racial divisions.”
    Who do they think they’re fooling?
    The rhetoric is what’s hateful. Calling people out for it is not.
    The racism Holder described has been obvious since the 2008 campaign, when Obama was portrayed as someone who was not a “real American” – a Muslim, a Kenyan, a communist, even a terrorist sympathizer.
    Since then, an entire movement has been built around the thoroughly discredited notion that the president’s birth certificate is a fake. And that’s just the beginning.
    Newt Gingrich has called Obama the “food stamp president” and referred to his “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.”
    Rush Limbaugh has said Obama – and Oprah Winfrey, too, by the way – have reached the pinnacle of their professions only because they’re black. He added this week that “so-called conservative media types” praised Holder’s nomination only because he’s black.
    Glenn Beck has said the president, whose mother was white, has a “deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.”
    Conservative hero and former rock star Ted Nugent, who was invited to campaign with the GOP nominee for Texas governor, called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”
    Confederate flag was waved in front of the White House during last year’s “Million Vet March.”
    U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina screamed “You lie!” during the president’s address to Congress in September 2009. When has that happened to a president before?
    All manner of overtly racist posters have been seen at Tea Party rallies, including one depicting the president as a “witch doctor.”  
    We’ve repeatedly seen stories about conservative politicians sharing racist jokes  And, we’ve seen an explosive growth of radical-right groups, including armed militias, since Obama was elected, and repeated threats that violence is needed to “take our country back” from the “tyranny” of Obama. This is part of a backlash to the growing diversity in our country, as symbolized by the presence of a black man in the White House.
    I grew up in rural Alabama during the Jim Crow years and lived through the civil rights movement, when white supremacists did everything they could, including committing violent atrocities, to turn back the tide of progress. And I’ve stared across the courtroom at some of America’s most vicious hatemongers – men like neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Cross, who recently killed three people and once targeted me. I know racism when I see it.
    No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That’s clearly not true.
    But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words. It’s been going on since Nixon implemented his “Southern strategy” of appealing to white resentment in the wake of the civil rights movement.
    I wish it weren’t so. But it is simply undeniable. We should call it what it is.

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    US Army Battling Racists Within Its Ranks

    MSNBC is reporting on a new strategy for white supremacist: "Join the Army". Can you imagine one of the nation's four to five fighting forces infiltrated, or should I say "infested" with thousands of low level 'supremacist'.

    MSNBC's report is actual reporting for Reuters' Daniel Trotta. Trotta's piece has a indicates origin of Fayetteville, North Carolina. There seems to be lots of reporting from North Carolina that has tag lines of 'white supremacy' and Neo-Nazi. Robert Sobel of the recently reported  Ku Klux Klan efforts to influence bookings of African-American performers with professional wrestling. 


    US Army battling racists within its ranks

    Leaders instructed to look out for tattoos of lightning bolts, skulls, swastikas, other extremist symbols.
    ......White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG — the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.
    ......The U.S. Defense Department as well has stepped up efforts to purge violent racists from its ranks, earning praise from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and exposed hate groups since the 1970s.

    ......The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), another civil rights monitor, have helped train officers on how to spot extremists, although Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the ADL, says the military lacks comprehensive training for recruiters and commanders. He called the military's reaction when alerted to white supremacists "patchy."  
    "We've discovered a great range of response, from getting a phone call the next day saying, 'He's already out,' to not doing anything at all," Pitcavage said.

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    The Trotta piece is fascinating to put it bluntly. In fact, it is my 'must read piece' of the young week.


    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    CPAC opens conference with an avowed racist panel speaker !

    Peter Brimelow
    Peter Brimelow, the face of hatred... GOP CPAC Guest Speaker

    News Nations Al Sharpton broadcast segment this afternoon about the 2012 version of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC )"gathering".  The segment opened with comment from Sharpton about the non-invitation of nationally known "conservative" Gay Rights group. Sharpton immediately segued to one very notable panelist speaker at the three-day "rhetoric" session.  Peter Brimelow, VDARE-White Nationalist, has a speaking role for a sub-group meeting. According to The Root website describers the sub-group session as follows.

    He's set to speak at a CPAC event called "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity."
    Interesting!  In the most ethnically diverse and culturally diverse nation on Earth, a white, immigrant, garners an audience on the first day of the  conservative 'rhetoric' conference.   I am reminded of my childhood days. Days, when battling with the guys, playing sports, or just plain bantering back and forth.  The one established norm was as follows. "...that is my position and I am defending it".   The true GOP is becoming more brazen about their social beliefs, values and mores (mor-eys). 

    There is no more credible 'hate group or white supremacist' monitoring organization than the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The Law center has published a number of articles about Brimelow; I am linking (below) a couple links for reference.