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March 25, 2015 0

A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

In the last few months, some anti-immigrant activists as well as some anti-Muslim blog­gers writ­ing about Mus­lim immi­gra­tion have ratch­eted up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Even more dis­turb­ing, some national and local polit­i­cal fig­ures have joined the ranks of those who pro­claim that Mus­lims are unable to assim­i­late into Amer­i­can cul­ture. They have declared that Mus­lims are invad­ing the coun­try with the intent to take it over.

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

This kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric is not new. The same kind of sen­ti­ment has also been directed at Latino immi­grants, par­tic­u­larly Mex­i­cans. For exam­ple, anti-immigrant extrem­ists have long pro­moted the Atzlan con­spir­acy the­ory that claims that Mex­i­can immi­grants are plan­ning on tak­ing over the South­west­ern part of the United States. Today’s focus is increas­ingly on Mus­lim immi­gra­tion, which is seen as far more insidious.

Anti-immigrant activists are using the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Mus­lim extrem­ists to gen­er­ate fear about all Mus­lims, includ­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. Anti-immigrant blog­gers such as Colorado-based Frosty Wooldridge (until recently a board mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform) and California-based Brenda Walker use vir­u­lent anti-Muslim rhetoric to demo­nize Muslims.

To read more see: A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Tar­get­ing Mus­lim Immigrants

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March 23, 2015 1

New FBI Hate Crime Training Manual Published

This week the FBI pub­lished an updated hate crime train­ing man­ual. The excel­lent new guide is the sin­gle most impor­tant, most inclu­sive hate crime train­ing resource avail­able for law enforce­ment officials

DOJ sealThis ver­sion of the Bureau’s Hate Crime Data Col­lec­tion Guide­lines and Train­ing Man­ual  includes new def­i­n­i­tions, train­ing sce­nar­ios, and a spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions sec­tion to help police offi­cials effec­tively iden­tify and report the new cat­e­gories of crime man­dated for col­lec­tion for 2015 – includ­ing hate crimes directed at Arabs, Sikhs and Hin­dus. The first edi­tion of the man­ual, pub­lished in early 2013, included guid­ance on how to define and iden­tify gen­der and gen­der iden­tity hate crimes, based on require­ments set forth in the Matthew Shep­ard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Pre­ven­tion Act(HCPA).

The FBI has been track­ing and doc­u­ment­ing hate crimes reported from fed­eral, state, and local law enforce­ment offi­cials since 1991 under the Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics Act of 1990 (HCSA). The Bureau’s annual HCSA reports pro­vide the best sin­gle national snap­shot of bias-motivated crim­i­nal activ­ity in the United States. The Act has also proven to be a pow­er­ful mech­a­nism to con­front vio­lent big­otry, increas­ing pub­lic aware­ness of the prob­lem and spark­ing improve­ments in the local response of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem to hate vio­lence – since in order to effec­tively report hate crimes, police offi­cials must be trained to iden­tify and respond to them.

Although the newest data from the 2013 Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics Act report showed hate crimes have been declin­ing, the num­bers are still dis­turbingly high.  The addi­tion of anti-Arab, anti-Sikh, and anti-Hindu hate crimes for 2015 demon­strates the Bureau’s com­mit­ment to pre­vent­ing and coun­ter­act­ing these crimes.  After the tragic mur­der of six Sikh wor­ship­pers in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin in 2012, col­lect­ing data on Arab, Sikh, and Hindu vic­tims of hate crimes became even more urgent. This updated FBI hate crime train­ing man­ual is a cru­cial step in the work to address these crimes.

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March 17, 2015 1

CAPS Provides Platform for Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion, claims that its mis­sion is to sta­bi­lize the pop­u­la­tion of Cal­i­for­nia and pre­serve the envi­ron­ment but it actu­ally pro­vides a plat­form for a num­ber of anti-immigrant extrem­ists. CAPS senior writ­ing fel­lows Joe Guz­zardi and John Vin­son have ties to racist groups. In addi­tion, CAPS fea­tures columns from anti-immigrant extrem­ist Frosty Wooldridge, also a CAPS senior writ­ing fel­low, as well as anti-immigrant activist D. A. King.

John Vinson

John Vin­son

Joe Guz­zardi, who is also CAPS’s national media direc­tor, was an edi­tor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant web­site VDARE until 2010. In 2012, he pre­sented at The Social Con­tract Press (TSCP) Writ­ers Work­shop, which often fea­tures racist speak­ers. White suprema­cist Wayne Lut­ton runs the Writer’s Work­shop and also edits TSCP’s jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. Racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment, is the founder of TSCP.

John Vin­son is the pres­i­dent of the extreme anti-immigrant group Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Con­trol Foun­da­tion (AICF). He is also a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a white South­ern nation­al­ist group.. Vin­son has been cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kin­ism,” which pro­motes the idea that whites should live sep­a­rately from other races. In addi­tion, in 1999, Vin­son spoke at a meet­ing of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, along with other anti-immigrant extremists.

Frosty Wooldridge, is well-known for his extreme state­ments about immi­grants. His cur­rent focus is on Mus­lim immi­gra­tion. He has writ­ten a multi-part series called “Impreg­nat­ing Amer­ica with Mus­lims,” in the right-wing online pub­li­ca­tion NewsWith­Views from Decem­ber 2014 through this month. In the series, Wooldridge demo­nizes Mus­lims and equates all Mus­lims with ter­ror­ists. In Decem­ber 2014, he wrote, “In order to be faith­ful to the Islamic reli­gion, Mus­lims ulti­mately must degrade and kill all other peo­ple who fol­low any other reli­gions.” Wooldridge has also given inter­views over the last year to anti-Semitic venues, includ­ing the Amer­i­can Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per and “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram,” a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show.

D.A King, the founder of the Georgia-based anti-immigrant group Dus­tan Inman Soci­ety, has a his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments about immi­grants and of work­ing with the more extreme ele­ments of the anti-immigrant move­ment. For a num­ber of years, King wrote arti­cles for VDARE. In 2007, he report­edly claimed that undoc­u­mented immi­grants are “not here to mow your lawn—they’re here to blow up your build­ings and kill your chil­dren, and you and me.” This past sum­mer, in response to the chil­dren seek­ing refuge in the U.S after flee­ing from vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­ica, he asserted that the chil­dren were “swarm­ing the bor­der and bring­ing dis­ease.” In addi­tion, King has been a con­trib­u­tor to The Social Con­tract.

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