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October 17, 2013

Arkansas Racist Billboard Part of White Supremacist Strategy

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Source: harrisonar.net

An anonymous white supremacist recently caused a stir in Harrison, Arkansas, by leasing a 12’ x 24’ billboard in order to display the racist phrase “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.” 

This is not a random slogan but rather a strategy that has emerged in recent years on the part of white supremacists to try to reverse allegations of racism by implying that anybody who speaks out against racism is somehow therefore “anti-white.”

The proponents of this strategy are followers of elderly white supremacist Bob Whitaker, a former Republican congressional aid and minor Reagan administration appointee in the 1970s and 1980s who embraced white supremacy and began writing for neo-Nazi publications. 

Whitaker’s followers consider him an “expert” on political propaganda and have adopted his belief that the key to successful propaganda is to come up with simple slogans and endlessly repeat them.  To this end, in the mid-2000s Whitaker devotees such as Timothy Murdock, who under the pseudonym “Horus the Avenger” runs the White Rabbit Radio website, came up with what they call the “Stop White Genocide Mantra” or simply “The Mantra.”

The “Mantra” is a short, eight-paragraph statement based on Whitaker’s racist views that claims that concerns about racism are essentially camouflage for the “ongoing program of genocide” against the white race.  It ends with the phrase “They say they are anti-racist.  What they are is anti-white.”  From the “Mantra,” Whitaker adherents developed the shorter phrase, which they endlessly repeat, “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white.”  

Whitaker and Murdock followers plaster this slogan everywhere they can—across the web, in banners over freeways, as signs or stickers, and more.  Every month, white supremacists create petitions with this slogan on the White House’s “We the People” petition Website.  “Mantra” fans have littered the white supremacist website Stormfront with the phrase so often that it has irritated even other white supremacists on that site. 

The Harrison billboard is simply the latest effort in this white supremacist rhetorical strategy, one that has no more chance of mainstream success than any previous white supremacist slogan has ever had, from “White Power!” to “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”  However, as the billboard has been leased for a year, Harrison residents may have to put up with this ugly racist slogan in their midst for some time.

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October 17, 2013

New Black Panther Party Announces New Chairman, Same Hateful Message

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Hashim Nzinga (right) at 2013 Million Youth March in Harlem, NY

Malik Zulu Shabazz announced that he is stepping down from his position as National Chairman of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party (NBPP) to focus on his career as a lawyer with the Black Lawyers for Justice, an organization he founded in 1996.

Shabazz made the announcement on the NBPP’s online radio broadcast on Monday. He noted that despite leaving his position as National Chairman, he will continue to serve the NBPP as a “spiritual guide.”

His replacement is Hashim Nzinga, who previously served as the NBPP’s Chief of Staff and has been involved with the NBPP since 1994 when he met Khalid Muham­mad and served as his personal assistant.

Like Shabazz, Nzinga has a long history of racism and anti-Semitism. In a June 2013 online radio broadcast, for example, Nzinga claimed that Jews con­spire to pro­mote a neg­a­tive image of Black youth through their sup­posed con­trol of the media, stating, “The Jews’ news…shows us before the world look­ing like damn fools” and called for a boycott of companies that “con­tinue to help the Jews’ news make our youth look like buf­foons before the world.”

In January 2010, Nzinga accused Jews of having disproportionate power over the media and entertainment industries, which he asserted was achieved by exploiting alliances with Blacks during the Civil Rights era. Jews, he argued, “used us as cannon fire while they directed our leaders, they directed Dr. King, they directed the NAACP, they directed those who they control.”

Nzinga further protested what he sees as a Jewish monopoly on suffering, stating, “If we mention our Holocaust even the Jews get mad, but you say something about their Holocaust, they call you anti-Semitic.” Nzinga also claimed that Jews had fore­knowl­edge of Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks dur­ing a 2005 appear­ance on Han­nity & Colmes.

Malik Shabazz also announced that National Spokesman Chawn Kweli will take over Nzinga’s former role of NBPP Chief of Staff. King Samir Shabazz, notorious for rants in which he calls for violence against whites and others, will remain in his position of National Field Marshall.

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October 16, 2013

Former White Supremacist Terror Cell Members Arrested In Arizona

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ATF agents at raid on Kehoe property
(Source: ATF)

On October 14, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched a raid on a remote piece of land outside Ash Fork, Arizona, to arrest white supremacist Kirby Kehoe and his son, Cheyne, on weapons charges. 

The two Kehoes, both convicted felons, allegedly possessed around 20-30 firearms, including assault weapons, rifles, and handguns, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition. Cheyne Kehoe was also allegedly in possession of body armor, also prohibited.

The Kehoes were among the most notorious of the white supremacist terrorists of the 1990s. In the late 1990s, both Kirby and Cheyne Kehoe were members of a domestic terror cell led by Chevie Kehoe, the eldest son of Kirby. While pursuing the grandiose dream of creating an “Aryan People’s Republic,” the Kehoes and other cell members murdered five people, including an eight-year-old girl, engaged in shootouts with police, committed armed robberies, and allegedly planted a bomb at the city hall building of Spokane, Washington.  

Chevie Kehoe eventually received multiple life sentences for his role in the violent acts, while another member, Daniel Lee, received a death sentence. Cheyne Kehoe received a 24-year sentence that was later reduced to 11 years for cooperation, while Kirby Kehoe received a 51-month sentence. 

Kirby Kehoe, who lived in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, purchased land in Arizona in early 2013, to which he and some other members of his large family moved. The ATF investigation stemmed from an earlier encounter between Cheyne Kehoe and local law enforcement officers in early September.  In this incident, authorities arrested Cheyne on charges of domestic violence-related unlawful imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, impersonating a police officer, and assault/touching (knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person). 

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

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