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October 17, 2013 57

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 0

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 0

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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