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August 31, 2015 0

Farrakhan Promotes Million Man March with Anti-Semitism & Bigotry

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan once again expressed anti-Semitism and big­otry at an event to pro­mote the Octo­ber 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC.farrakhan-detroit-justice-or-else-million-man-march-2015

At the August 25 Detroit stop of his multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour, Far­rakhan told his audi­ence that “[Israeli Prime Min­is­ter] Netanyahu can make a call from Israel and sen­a­tors dance…Here’s a man, leave Israel and come to the U.S. Con­gress, and talk like he’s at home because he knows his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment. You didn’t hear me! Well, if his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment, they own the media, they own Hollywood.”

Dur­ing the event, which took place at Detroit’s Fel­low­ship Chapel, Far­rakhan was intro­duced by Rev. Wen­dell Anthony, who serves as the pas­tor of the church as well as the Pres­i­dent of the NAACP’s Detroit branch. Rev. Anthony praised the event as “mak­ing history.”

Addi­tion­ally, dur­ing Farrakhan’s visit to Detroit, he was pre­sented with a “state of Michi­gan seal com­mem­o­rat­ing the 20th Anniver­sary of the Mil­lion Man March” as well as a “procla­ma­tion” from the State of Michi­gan by Michi­gan State Sen­a­tor Bert John­son and Michi­gan State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sherry Gay-Dagnogo.

Far­rakhan also incor­po­rated homo­pho­bic sen­ti­ment into his anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries, mak­ing the fol­low­ing claims: “Biden said that Hol­ly­wood mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity sin­gle hand­edly made same sex mar­riage legal. Now to the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, if you’re here, how you going to tell me you have a covenant rela­tion­ship with God? No, lis­ten! I’m going to chal­lenge you on this!” He con­tin­ued, “You’re God’s cho­sen peo­ple?! And you pro­mote some­thing that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant sta­tus! You are not the cho­sen of God, you are the cho­sen of Satan!…You’re pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­ity. God doesn’t. You pro­mote fifth. God con­demns it!”

Far­rakhan stated that a man who “would want to have sex with another man and say that I’m in love, see, this is a sick society!”Farrakhan also claimed Jews are respon­si­ble for the pornog­ra­phy indus­try, “Most of the 3X 4X 6X movies…most of it is run by mem­bers of the Jew­ish community.”

Far­rakhan chas­tised the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity as well, describ­ing Cait­lyn Jenner’s tran­si­tion as “sci­ence that is so wicked” claim­ing that trans­gen­der peo­ple are the work of Satan. He stated, “Satan wants to turn you so that God will reject you.”

Addi­tion­ally, in a crit­i­cism of U.S. mil­i­tary actions in the Mid­dle East, Far­rakhan min­i­mized the role of for­mer Al-Qaeda ide­o­logue Anwar al-Awlaki in encour­ag­ing attacks against Amer­ica and the West ask­ing, “What did al-Awlaki do!? Al-Awlaki dis­agreed with America’s poli­cies. If you had any sense you would dis­agree with them too…It’s very sad.” Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2011.

This was not the first event in Farrakhan’s multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour to pro­mote hatred against Jews and others.

  • In his August 13 remarks at a church in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan told the con­gre­ga­tion, “I’m talk­ing about the wicked ones in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity that run Amer­ica, run the gov­ern­ment, run the world, own the banks, own the means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They are my ene­mies! But as sure as I’m alive, my ene­mies will be made my foot­stool and so will yours.”
  • Also in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan said, “Would the Jew had lis­tened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”
  • Far­rakhan claimed in Mil­wau­kee that the media have mis­rep­re­sented him as vio­lent because “white peo­ple deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us com­ing to do it.”
  • In his July 30 remarks in Miami, Far­rakhan asserted, “A Jew is not a Jew by the cir­cum­ci­sion of the male organ but cir­cum­ci­sion of the heart.”
  • Also in Miami, Farrakhan’s remarks also took a par­tic­u­larly mil­i­tant tone. He stated, “If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not inter­cede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us! Stalk them! And kill them! And let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

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August 31, 2015 0

Virginia Shootings Spur White Supremacist Vitriol

Within hours of the deadly August 26 on-air shoot­ing of tele­vi­sion reporter Ali­son Parker and cam­era­man Adam Ward in Roanoke, Vir­ginia, the on-line white suprema­cist world erupted in hate­ful rhetoric and dis­cus­sions of violence.vamurderscomment

The shooter, Vester Flana­gan (also known as Bryce Williams), was some­one whom white suprema­cists could eas­ily exploit to gen­er­ate anger. His vic­tims were white; Flana­gan was a black, gay man with a his­tory of fil­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaints against for­mer employ­ers, includ­ing the tele­vi­sion sta­tion where the slain jour­nal­ists worked.

Flana­gan killed him­self as police caught up to him, but not before he faxed to ABC News a lengthy sui­cide note/manifesto, detail­ing a litany of griev­ances and per­ceived mis­treat­ment because of his race and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. More­over, in his note he directly ref­er­enced the June 2015 Charleston shoot­ings, in which white suprema­cist Dylann Storm Roof killed nine African-American church­go­ers. Flana­gan tried to explain his murders—seemingly com­mit­ted for per­sonal reasons—as a retal­i­a­tion for Roof’s own killings. Refer­ring to Roof’s hope that a race war would result from his shoot­ings, Flana­gan wrote “You want a race war…THEN BRING IT.”

Reac­tions from the racist right were swift and involved well-worn anti-black and anti-Semitic tropes. Among them: that black peo­ple shouldn’t be allowed to own guns, because they have “no impulse con­trol,” and that the vic­tims, as mem­bers of the “Jew­ish media,” deserved to die. And above all, an echo of Roof’s call for race war: The hope that the shoot­ings would spark a “rev­o­lu­tion” of whites ris­ing up against their osten­si­ble oppres­sors (blacks and Jews) and strik­ing back.

The New Order, a small Wisconsin-based neo-Nazi group, pre­sented a typ­i­cal anti-black response, issu­ing a state­ment head­lined “White Lives Mat­ter” that described the shoot­ings as a crime com­mit­ted by “a deranged anti-White Negro” and claimed that “The mur­der, rape and assault of White peo­ple by racist Black crim­i­nals is a daily event in the United States.”

Anti-Semitism shaped the responses of many white suprema­cists. On Storm­front, the large white suprema­cist dis­cus­sion forum, poster Red­Baron claimed that reporter Parker “was part of the Jew con­trolled media. The pro­pa­ganda she helped to put on the air came back to haunt her (to death).” The “Jew­ish plot” trope was repeated by another Storm­fron­ter: “I don’t think the Jew power struc­ture wants a fully awake white pub­lic right now. They’ve been doing every­thing to drug us into a stu­por as they incite blacks to mur­der us.”

At the neo-Nazi web­site Daily Stormer, poster GuiMas­ter also had lit­tle sym­pa­thy for Parker: “But how do we know that this woman was ‘noble?’ She was work­ing for the anti-White media. How aware was she that her job involves spread­ing com­mu­nist anti-White hate pro­pa­ganda?” On Face­book, another white suprema­cist labeled Parker’s father, who had appeared on Fox News to plead for more gun con­trol mea­sures, a “Zio-Marxist” push­ing a “Jew­ish” agenda.

For many white suprema­cists, though, it was Flanagan’s ref­er­ence to “race war” that most exer­cised them. For them, the sole bright spot in the killings was that they might speed the start of an antic­i­pated racial con­flict. At the Daily Stormer, for exam­ple, one com­menter wrote: “When the ‘race war’ comes, it’s gonna be us killing them in short order.”

On Storm­front, long­time Arkansas white suprema­cist Billy Roper hoped the killings would “awaken more of our peo­ple to see it as the reprisal act it was in a war which is just begin­ning, in fits and starts, as they so often do.” Mean­while, on the Face­book page of “Amer­i­can White His­tory Month,” Jon Winslow wrote: “White peo­ple! Start riot­ing now!”

Oth­ers seemed inter­ested in actions more seri­ous that riot­ing. Storm­front poster 14words_of_truth wrote: “Peo­ple keep ask­ing me ‘when is the race war going to start?’ It started a long time ago; it is not going to start, it is going to change. The change will be that the White Man will start fight­ing back.”

To which Storm­front edi­tor Jack­Boot replied, “Well said. So far we can’t esca­late from the war of words on our side, and that esca­la­tion is long past due. They’ve been spilling our blood for years, and I’m not talk­ing only about the Jews’ prox­ies. We got a lotta catch-up to play.”

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August 26, 2015 0

Holocaust Analogies Continue To Taint Discourse On Wide Range Of Issues

The charged polit­i­cal debates over issues rang­ing from Iran to abor­tion con­tinue to be tainted by inap­pro­pri­ate invo­ca­tions of Hitler, Nazis, and gen­eral Holo­caust imagery.huckabee-israel-holocaust-oven-tweet-twitter

These mis­placed and offen­sive com­par­isons, made by politi­cians, pun­dits, and oth­er pub­lic fig­ures,  triv­i­al­ize this unique tragedy in human his­tory.  They not only rely on his­tor­i­cally incor­rect premises and exag­ger­a­tions, but also deflect atten­tion away from impor­tant national discussions.

For exam­ple, U.S. Sen­a­tor and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz recently sent let­ters to pas­tors through­out the U.S. to encour­age them to speak out against Planned Par­ent­hood, claim­ing that abor­tion rep­re­sents an “ongo­ing holo­caust.” Of course, invok­ing the Holo­caust in the dis­cus­sions on abor­tion is noth­ing new.

The Iran deal is also an area where offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies have been increas­ingly crop­ping up. On July 26, for exam­ple, Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mike Huck­abee stated in an inter­view that Pres­i­dent Obama’s poli­cies on Iran will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Huckabee’s cam­paign also high­lighted this inap­pro­pri­ate com­par­i­son in a graphic on Twitter.

The analo­gies are not only used by politi­cians.  In a sign of how our pub­lic dis­course has coars­ened, crit­ics of pub­lic offi­cials also invoke Nazi analo­gies.  When New York Con­gress­man Jer­rold Nadler pub­licly sup­ported the pro­posed agree­ment on Iran, he report­edly was swamped with hate­ful mes­sages on social media.  One com­men­ta­tor referred to him as a “kappo,” a ref­er­ence to Jews who worked for the Nazis in con­cen­tra­tion camps.  curt-schilling-muslims-hitler-tweet-twitter

The Holo­caust com­par­isons are not lim­ited to the polit­i­cal world either. On August 25, ESPN “Sun­day Night Base­ball” ana­lyst and for­mer major league pitcher Curt Schilling shared a post on Twit­ter that com­pared extrem­ist Mus­lims to Nazis. The tweet sug­gested that a sim­i­lar per­cent­age of Mus­lims are extrem­ists as Ger­mans were Nazis. It also included an image of Hitler.

Such inap­pro­pri­ate Holo­caust ref­er­ences seem to sur­face around almost any con­tro­ver­sial issue. For exam­ple, dur­ing the charged polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol in the after­math of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shoot­ing, there was a flurry of inap­pro­pri­ate invo­ca­tions of Hitler, Nazis, and gen­eral Holo­caust imagery by pub­lic fig­ures.  Oppo­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama’s Afford­able Care Act engen­dered sim­i­larly offen­sive comparisons.

Pub­lic dis­course today is seri­ously lack­ing in civil­ity and respect for dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on impor­tant issues.  One unfor­tu­nate exam­ple of this lack of civil­ity is repeated inap­pro­pri­ate ref­er­ences to the Holo­caust.  It is long past time for pub­lic offi­cials and pub­lic offi­cials to stop invok­ing the Holo­caust in an effort to score polit­i­cal points.

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