Real Raw Hate
Immigration fervor fuels racist extremism
May 17, 2006 - The raging national debate over immigration is stoking the fires of racist extremism across the country. Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are ratcheting up the intensity of their bloodthirsty "race war" rhetoric, and violent hate crimes against Hispanics, regardless of their immigration status, appear to be on the rise.
"The immigration furor has been critical to the growth we've seen in hate groups over the last several years," said Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which recently reported a 33 percent growth in hate groups over a five-year period, from 602 in 2000 to 803 in 2005.
"Hate groups think they've found an issue with racial overtones and a real resonance with the American public, and they are exploiting it as effectively as they can," he said. "They're trying to generate a hostile social climate that fosters bigotry and violence towards all Hispanics, whether they're in the country illegally or not."
In recent alarming events:
On May 6, the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held an anti-immigration rally in Russellville, Alabama, that drew more than 300 Klansmen and Klan supporters, including members of the neo-Nazi hate group Aryan Nations. At the rally, robed Klansmen burned a 22-foot-high cross and yelled, "Let's get rid of the Mexicans!"
Also on May 6, when Hispanic families in Tucson gathered in a park to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, anti-immigration extremist Roy Warden arrived, strapped with a pistol, and led a demonstration. "Listen up, Mexican invaders," Warden said. "We will not permit you, the ignorant, the savage, the unwashed, to overrun us, as happened in Rome...Land must be paid for in blood. If any invader
tries to take this land from us we will wash this land and nurture our soil with oceans of their blood!" Warden later e-mailed a death threat to Isabel Garcia, a Tucson public defender who co-chairs the human rights group Derechos Humanos. The e-mail was titled, "Warden to Isabel Garcia: I will blow your freaking head off!"
On April 29 a neo-Nazi in East Hampton, New York, was arrested for threatening two Hispanic teenagers with a machete and chainsaw, holding the blade to the throat of one while threatening to kill them.
On April 22, a 17-year-old Hispanic high school football player was dragged from a suburban house party in Texas and savagely attacked by two white assailants, one of them a neo-Nazi skinhead, according to Harris County law enforcement officials. Police said the attackers, Keith Robert Turner, 17, and David Henry Tuck, 18, apparently were enraged because the victim tried to kiss a young Hispanic girl they believed to be Caucasian. After forcing the Hispanic youth into a backyard, Turner and Tuck burned his neck with cigarettes, stomped his head with steel-toed boots, slashed his chest with a knife, all while shouting racial slurs. They then stripped him naked and sodomized him with a patio umbrella pole. Tuck, the skinhead, kicked the pole repeatedly. "I don't mean just a little bit," said Harris County prosecutor Mike Trent. "He kicked it in and
shoved it so far in that he has caused major organ damage. It looks like they were really trying to kill him and torture him anyway they could." The victim remains in critical condition.
On April 3, a prominent anti-immigration leader in Arizona secretly contacted the nation's largest neo-Nazi organization to urge its leaders to launch a campaign of violence and harassment against
undocumented immigrants. Border Guardians founder Laine Lawless, who has been interviewed on CNN and Fox News, sent an e-mail to Mark Martin, commander of the Western Ohio unit of the National Socialist Movement. The e-mail was titled, "How to GET RID OF THEM." The e-mail detailed 11 suggestions for ways to terrorize immigrants. "Maybe some of your warriors for the race would be the kind of people willing to implement these ideas," Lawless wrote. Lawless' suggestions included: "Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place," "Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status...I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination," and "Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative."
On March 27, New Jersey-based neo-Nazi radio host Hal Turner called for the mass murder of Hispanics and the assassination of U.S. senators who support guest worker programs. "All of you who think there's a peaceful solution to these invaders are wrong. We're going to have to start killing these people," Turner said. "I advocate using extreme violence against illegal aliens. Clean
your guns. Have plenty of ammunition. Find out where the largest gathering of illegal aliens will be near you. Go to the area well in advance, scope out several places to position yourself and then do what has to be done." Turner directed his listeners to a website that provides detailed instructions on constructing pipe bombs, ammonium nitrate "fertilizer bombs," car bombs, chlorine gas bombs, and other homemade explosive devices.
For more information about anti-immigration extremism, read these articles from the
Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report:
The Nativists A survey of hardliners who are fanning the flames of
The Little Prince An investigative profile of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
leader Chris Simcox.
Playing Rough Profiles of some of the more than 40 anti-immigration vigilante outfits
formed in the first six months after the Minuteman Project.
Arizona Showdown A feature on the April, 2005 Minuteman Project in Arizona.
The Puppeteer A report detailing links between white supremacist organizations
and anti-immigration groups backed by Federation for American Immigration Reform
(FAIR) founder John Tanton.
Open Season A 2003 feature on anti-immigration vigilantes in the pre-Minuteman
The Battle of Georgiafornia A feature on the hate crime backlash against Hispanic
immigrants in Georgia.
Some nuclear truths:
Violence Begets Violence
By Leslie Thatcher,
Fri May 26th, 2006 at 02:45:47 PM EDT :: French News
2005 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and International Agency for Atomic
Energy (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei may have astonished John Hopkins University International Relations students yesterday when he - in effect - admitted that the NPT is a dead letter, and that the IAEA is involved in a (losing)
holding action on nuclear proliferation as long as nuclear states continue to pursue their present policies.
But that part of the NPT in which nuclear states promise to gradually eliminate their arsenals in exchange for non-nuclear states agreeing to stay that way has been honored more in the breach than in the execution. (Here, a map that attempts to identify the state of nuclear programs around the world.) And, as violence or the threat of violence
begets more violence, ElBaradei points out that nuclear armament or the threat
of nuclear armament incites further nuclear armament.
Instead of devoting our energy and money to developing bigger bombs and other nuclear technologies that poison the environment, what if we focused on developing technologies to clean up nuclear waste, or even find ways to use nuclear power without creating any waste at all? Mohamed ElBaradei - who is certainly in the best position to know - seems to suggest that we're going to need the first of those technologies anyway.
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May 27-29, 2006
What I'm Listening to This Week
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Hilton Ruiz: Enchantment (Arabesque) New York-born pianist Hilton Ruiz was a child prodigy, performing at Carnegie Hall in 1960 at the age of 8. Over the next decade, Ruiz apprenticed with Joe Newman and Freddie Hubbard, before forming a fruitful association with the iconic Rashaan Roland Kirk. After Kirk's death, Ruiz went on to lead his own bands, becoming one of the most gifted and innovative players of Latin and Cuban jazz. Earlier this week, Ruiz was mugged and severely beaten in the head as he left a bar on Bourbon Street. He now lies in a coma in a New Orleans hospital. The NO police, perhaps the worst crop in a nation of corrupt cops, have not launched an investigation into the near-fatal beating and initially reported that he had simply "fallen" on the sidewalk and smashed his skull. Like most musicians, Ruiz has only limited health insurance and his wife Aida is pleading for financial help in this time of crisis.
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