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July 26, 2013 0

ADL Commends Legislators For Taking Stand Against Rep. Steve King’s Demonizing Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

Those who have fol­lowed Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve King’s (R–IA) habit of demo­niz­ing immi­grants as crim­i­nals may not have been sur­prised when he told a jour­nal­ist last week that “there are 100 Mex­i­can immi­grants, with calves the size of can­taloupes, smug­gling drugs for every DREAMer valedictorian.”  steve-king

This fol­lows a long his­tory of deroga­tory and hate­ful anti-immigrant rhetoric by King and oth­ers who pre­fer to obstruct progress toward a leg­isla­tive solu­tion that could actu­ally address the seri­ous prob­lem of America’s bro­ken immi­gra­tion sys­tem. ADL sent a let­ter to Rep. King today urg­ing him to retract his offen­sive state­ments and to refrain from using incen­di­ary and inap­pro­pri­ate language.

Despite wide­spread crit­i­cism for his offen­sive com­ments on immi­grant chil­dren, Rep. King insisted again on June 25on the House floor that undoc­u­mented immi­grant chil­dren are often drug mules who carry ille­gal sub­stances across the bor­der from Mexico.

There was a swift and tar­geted con­dem­na­tion that fol­lowed from the top House lead­ers, as well as other key play­ers in the immi­gra­tion con­ver­sa­tion, includ­ing the House Judi­ciary Immi­gra­tion Sub­com­mit­tee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC).  Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Major­ity Leader Eric Can­tor (R–VA) stepped up to con­demn the remarks imme­di­ately. The Speaker called on leg­is­la­tors to reject hate­ful com­ments that he said were “deeply offen­sive and wrong.” Can­tor, the second-ranking House Repub­li­can, said: “I strongly dis­agree with his char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the chil­dren of immi­grants and find the com­ments inexcusable.”

At Speaker John Boehner’s weekly press brief­ing yes­ter­day, he again con­demned Rep. King’s remarks within the first minute of the brief­ing – unprompted and force­fully saying:

“I want to be clear: There is no place in this debate for hate­ful or igno­rant com­ments from elected offi­cials. Ear­lier this week, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve King made com­ments that, I think were deeply offen­sive and wrong. What he said does not reflect the val­ues of the Amer­i­can peo­ple or the Repub­li­can Party. We all need to do our work in a con­struc­tive, open, and respect­ful way.”

ADL has con­sis­tently called on polit­i­cal lead­ers and can­di­dates to speak out against intol­er­ant and dehu­man­iz­ing rhetoric. In let­ters to Reps. Boehner and Can­tor ADL com­mended their lead­er­ship in pub­licly reject­ing such rhetoric. ADL hopes other leg­is­la­tors will fol­low.  The let­ters noted that “poli­cies adopted in the halls of gov­ern­ment, and the tenor and rhetoric used to debate them, directly impact the lives of immi­grants and all minor­ity groups, regard­less of their immi­gra­tion status.” 

The task of fix­ing America’s bro­ken immi­gra­tion sys­tem is urgent and seri­ous and demo­niz­ing immi­grants does lit­tle to advance con­struc­tive solu­tions.  It mer­its a respect­ful pol­icy con­ver­sa­tion that upholds America’s best ideals of ensur­ing dig­nity for all and that hon­ors America’s her­itage as a nation of immigrants. 

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July 26, 2013 2

Racist Skinhead Couple Arrested For South Carolina Double Homicide

Deputies from the Union County, South Car­olina, Sheriff’s Office arrested racist skin­heads Jeremy Lee Moody, 30, and Chris­tine Moody, 36, for the alleged mur­der of a local cou­ple, one of whom was a reg­is­tered sex offender, on July 21. 

Deputies had found the vic­tims’ bod­ies two days ear­lier.  One vic­tim, Charles Parker, the reg­is­tered sex offender, had gun­shot wounds to the neck and chest; his wife Gretchen had a gun­shot wound to her chest.  The bod­ies also had mul­ti­ple stab wounds.jeremy-and-christine-moody

Law enforce­ment offi­cials char­ac­ter­ized Jeremy Moody as a pos­si­ble vig­i­lante, report­ing that he had told them he had gone to the Parker res­i­dence because Charles Parker was a reg­is­tered sex offender (the names and addresses of reg­is­tered sex offend­ers are eas­ily acces­si­ble on the Inter­net).  Jeremy Moody report­edly had intended to kill another sex offender on the day of his arrest. 

Both Moodys had been white suprema­cists for some time; Moody claimed ear­lier in 2013 that he had been a skin­head for 16 years.  He sports numer­ous white suprema­cist tat­toos.  The Anti-Defamation League first became aware of Jeremy Moody in 2010.  At that time, Moody iden­ti­fied him­self as a mem­ber of Crew 38, a “sup­port group” for the Ham­mer­skins, a large and vio­lent racist skin­head group. 

Around this time, Jeremy Moody also penned an 85-page self-published screed, Yes­ter­day, Today and For­ever, expli­cat­ing his big­oted views about Jews, blacks, homo­sex­u­als and oth­ers.  Moody sold copies of the book for the sym­bol­i­cally impor­tant amount of $14.88 (“14” is a ref­er­ence to the white suprema­cist slo­gan known as the “14 Words,” while “88” is white suprema­cist code for “Heil Hitler”).

Both he and his wife Chris­tine fre­quently adopted the last name of “Men­gele” in their on-line post­ings; Josef Men­gele was the infa­mous Nazi doc­tor who per­formed med­ical exper­i­ments at Auschwitz.  Both Moodys had a his­tory of mak­ing racist com­ments that often resulted in the sub­se­quent dele­tion of on-line pro­files they had cre­ated.  In com­ments on a Face­book pro­file, they also both expressed a love of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Dex­ter, about a ser­ial killer who engages in vigilante-style killings of other murderers.

In early June 2013, the Moodys joined a new racist skin­head group, Die Auser­wahlten Skins, cre­ated by a dis­en­chanted mem­ber of another white suprema­cist group, the Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, in early 2013.  As of Jan­u­ary 2013, the group claimed some 25–30 mem­bers around the country. 

The Moodys expressed inter­est in cre­at­ing a South Car­olina branch of the Auser­wal­hten Skins.  Chris­tine Moody took on the role of a recruiter for the group, though she com­plained in late June that it was hard to find recruits “when all the white bitches down here have fu–ed ni—rs and the men are all a bunch of drug addicts.”  Iron­i­cally, both Moodys were arrested in 2012 on nar­cotics dis­tri­b­u­tion charges.

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July 26, 2013 8

Frosty Wooldridge Blames Immigrants And Muslims For Detroit’s Decline

On July 19, Frosty Wooldridge, a long-time anti-immigrant activist and advi­sory board mem­ber of the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) pub­lished an arti­cle for the right-wing news site, News With Views, blam­ing Mus­lims and immi­grants for Detroit’s decline into bankruptcy.frosty-wooldridge

Wooldridge began his arti­cle by talk­ing about work­ing in Detroit from the 1970s to the 1990s and watch­ing the city, “descend into the abyss of crime, debauch­ery, gun­play, drugs, school tru­ancy, car-jacking, gangs and human deprav­ity.” He went on to talk about the decline in Detroit’s pop­u­la­tion and claimed that at the same time immi­grants “con­verged on the city for free gov­ern­ment hand­outs.” He lamented that “unlaw­ful Mex­i­cans moved in at a tor­rid pace.”

Wooldridge then turned his atten­tion to Mus­lims, claim­ing, “Today, you hear Mus­lim calls to wor­ship over the city like a new Amer­i­can Bagh­dad with hun­dreds of Islamic mosques in Michi­gan, paid for by Saudi Ara­bian oil money.” Wooldridge later asserted in the piece, “Immi­gra­tion will keep pour­ing more and more une­d­u­cated third world immi­grants from the Mid­dle East into Detroit, thus cre­at­ing a beach­head for Islamic hege­mony in America.”

Wooldridge claimed that Detroit would turn into a new breed­ing ground for Islamic ter­ror­ists, stat­ing, “If 50 per­cent illit­er­acy con­tin­ues, we will see more home-grown ter­ror­ists spawned out of the Mus­lim ghet­tos of Detroit. Illit­er­acy plus Islam equals walk­ing human bombs.” Wooldridge con­cluded by pro­mot­ing the false claim that Shariah Law is “creep­ing” into Amer­i­can soci­ety. He alleged, “We will see more honor killings by upset hus­bands, fathers and broth­ers that demand sub­ju­ga­tion by their daugh­ters, sis­ters and wives. Mus­lims pre­fer behead­ings of women to scare the hell out of any other mem­bers of their sect from straying. “

Wooldridge fin­ished his tirade by attack­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Amer­ica, stat­ing, “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism: what a per­fect method to kill our lan­guage, cul­ture, coun­try and way of life,” before con­tin­u­ing to claim, “If you think Mex­i­cans and Mus­lims and other for­eign­ers will even­tu­ally fit right in then you are as big a part of the prob­lem as they are.”

This is not the first time Wooldridge has demo­nized immi­grants and Mus­lims in an arti­cle for News With Views. He often makes deroga­tory com­ments about these groups in his columns.

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