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July 26, 2013

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

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

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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