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December 16, 2013 5

Fugitive Alabama White Supremacist Shoots Self As Police Close In

lindsey-scott-carterA fugi­tive and racist prison gang mem­ber from Alabama shot him­self in Arkansas after lead­ing police on a lengthy chase.  On Decem­ber 8, Arkansas state troop­ers pulled over a vehi­cle linked to Lind­sey Scott Carter, 44, wanted in Alabama on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.  The dri­ver, a female friend of Carter, fled the vehi­cle, but Carter took the wheel and drove away. 

After a chase that wound through two coun­ties in west­ern Arkansas, troop­ers used traf­fic spikes to bring the vehi­cle to a halt again.  As the offi­cers approached the car, how­ever, they dis­cov­ered Carter had appar­ently shot him­self to death rather than face capture.

Accord­ing to local author­i­ties, Carter, from Paint Rock, Alabama, had shot and killed a woman on Decem­ber 7 in what police believe was some sort of drug-related dis­pute.  Fol­low­ing the mur­der, a female friend of Carter (since arrested for hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion) allegedly pro­vided the vehi­cle that Carter used to flee with a sec­ond female friend.  Author­i­ties have not charged the sec­ond friend, the one who fled the vehi­cle in Arkansas, say­ing that she had not been aware of Carter’s crimes.

Carter had a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory and was a mem­ber of the South­ern Broth­er­hood, Alabama’s largest white suprema­cist prison gang.  The South­ern Broth­er­hood, which has a lengthy record of vio­lence and crim­i­nal activ­ity, began in 1995 in the East­er­ling Cor­rec­tional Facil­ity and sub­se­quently spread to the rest of the state (it also has a pres­ence in sev­eral other states).  It also has a biker gang sub­group, the South­ern Broth­er­hood Motor­cy­cle Club.

After Carter’s sui­cide, other South­ern Broth­er­hood mem­bers passed the news of their fel­low gang member’s death.  One South­ern Broth­er­hood gang mem­ber posted to an on-line social net­work­ing web­site that “we lost a good Bro yesterday…Rest in Peace Scott Carter 14/23.”  The num­bers “14/23” con­sti­tute a South­ern Broth­er­hood numeric sym­bol that com­bines two con­cepts.  The num­ber 14 is a ref­er­ence to the so-called 14 Words, a pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan:  “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”  The num­ber 23 stands for the “23 Pre­cepts,” a list of 23 rules that gang mem­bers are required to follow.

Sim­i­larly, another gang mem­ber posted that “We had a bro pass away yesterday…R.I.P. Scott Carter…14/23 19/2.”  The num­bers 19 and 2 are code for the South­ern Broth­er­hood, as S is the 19th let­ter of the alpha­bet and B the 2nd letter.

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October 24, 2013 0

Farrakhan’s Absence From NOI Event Spotlights Possible Successor, Ishmael Muhammad

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Ish­mael Muham­mad with Mayor Johnny Ford at 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment in Tuskegee, Alabama

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan’s last minute absence from the 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment event in Tuskegee, Alabama, on Octo­ber 20, may shed light on the future direc­tion of the group’s leadership.

Far­rakhan was not able to give his annual keynote address due to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for “an infec­tion,” accord­ing to his daugh­ter Donna. In pre­vi­ous years, his Holy Day of Atone­ment addresses have been marked by his noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic world­view, includ­ing his two-part keynote address last year in Chicago and Char­lotte.

Ish­mael Muham­mad, assis­tant min­is­ter at Mosque Maryam, the NOI’s flag­ship mosque in Chicago, and son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, gave the keynote address in Farrakhan’s absence.

Muham­mad was intro­duced by Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford as one of the “new lead­ers of the Nation of Islam” and as “a new begin­ning.” In Muham­mad address, he deliv­ered “the mes­sage that [Far­rakhan] gave to [him],” pro­lif­i­cally prais­ing Far­rakhan, and announc­ing the NOI’s new “eco­nomic blueprint.”

The day after Muhammad’s speech, he tweeted, “We showed the world on Sun­day that the Nation is not just Louis Far­rakhan, it is Allah’s!!!”

Muham­mad has long been regarded as the most likely suc­ces­sor to Far­rakhan. His pub­lic role grew in 1999 when Far­rakhan was seri­ously ill with com­pli­ca­tions from treat­ment for prostate can­cer. And in 2006, when Far­rakhan issued an open let­ter say­ing that he was relin­quish­ing his lead­er­ship role with the group after nearly 30 years due to ill­ness, Muham­mad con­tin­ued to play a cen­tral role in most major NOI events.

In 2007, W.D. Mohammed, another son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, who rejected his father’s racist ide­ol­ogy and steered a new course away from hatred, reit­er­ated the widely held belief that Ish­mael Muham­mad is the most likely con­tender for NOI lead­er­ship. Dur­ing a lec­ture at the Clin­ton Pres­i­den­tial Library in Arkansas, W.D. said Ish­mael is poised to “clear up the destruc­tion of the reli­gion in the Nation of Islam.”

Unlike Far­rakhan, Muham­mad does not have an exten­sive pub­lic record of anti-Semitism or big­otry, but he has fre­quently defended Farrakhan’s bla­tantly hate­ful messages.

While Muham­mad has dis­cussed his reluc­tance to take on the lead­er­ship of the NOI on sev­eral occa­sions over the years, he con­tin­ues to fill in for Far­rakhan at the most crit­i­cal moments.

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June 13, 2013 3

Farrakhan Invited By Public Officials To Alabama Rallies

Update – June 17, 2013: Dur­ing his remarks in front of the Alabama State Capi­tol, Far­rakhan report­edly stated that white peo­ple, “don’t have the will to allow you to vote uncon­tested.” Far­rakhan also report­edly told the crowd that Jews “know the value of money” and “mis­use their power.” Speak­ers at the rally had no short­age of praise for Far­rakhan. Sen. Hank Sanders’ wife, Faya Toure, a Selma lawyer who helped orga­nize the event, called Far­rakhan “one of the great­est lead­ers of our gen­er­a­tion. I don’t care what the SPLC says, I don’t care what the Jews say.”

Update – June 14, 2013: In a let­ter to the Birm­ing­ham Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion, State Sen­a­tor Hank Sanders reit­er­ated his unabashed sup­port for Louis Far­rakhan speak­ing at the Alabama ral­lies. In the let­ter, Sanders stated, “I applaud him [Far­rakhan] for the good things he has done,” turn­ing a blind eye to Farrakhan’s decades of hate­ful words against Jews, white peo­ple, and the LGBT community.

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan was invited by a group of Alabama elected offi­cials to par­tic­i­pate in mul­ti­ple June 14 ral­lies to sup­port the exten­sion of the fed­eral Vot­ing Rights Act. The ral­lies will take place in Birm­ing­ham, Selma, the Shelby County Cour­t­house, and the steps of the State Capi­tol in Montgomery.farrakhan-alabama-jews

The invi­ta­tion to Far­rakhan comes at a time when Far­rakhan has made numer­ous egre­giously anti-Semitic state­ments, claim­ing that “Satanic Jews” and the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” con­trol America’s gov­ern­ment, econ­omy, media, and other sectors.

Despite his recent hate­ful state­ments in Detroit as well as his racist and anti-Semitic remarks over a three-decade career, Far­rakhan was pub­licly endorsed by Alabama State Sen­a­tors Hank Sanders (D-Selma) and Bobby Sin­gle­ton (D-Greensboro) and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford.

Dur­ing a speech in front of the seal of the Alabama State House last week, Sen­a­tor Sanders said, “We’re really proud that the Hon­or­able Min­is­ter Louis Far­rakhan has agreed [to speak].”

Mayor Ford added, “We reached out to Min­is­ter Far­rakhan because we know that he has the power to mobi­lize Black peo­ple as well as some whites who believe in progress in work­ing for free­dom and jus­tice.” He also called Farrakhan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion “his­toric.” Ford pre­vi­ously pub­licly show­ered Far­rakhan with praise in March. While intro­duc­ing Far­rakhan before his speech to stu­dents at Tuskegee Uni­ver­sity, Ford gave him a key to the city and pro­claimed him “hon­orary mayor of Tuskegee for life.”

On June 5, ADL called the invi­ta­tion “a ter­ri­ble mis­take” and urged the pub­lic offi­cials who invited Far­rakhan to Alabama to “with­draw their invi­ta­tion and reject his hate­ful rhetoric.”

In addi­tion to the elected offi­cials, oth­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing include the NAACP and the South­ern Chris­t­ian Lead­er­ship Conference.

Farrakhan’s demo­niza­tion of Jews expands beyond his pub­lic speeches. He also spreads his hate­ful con­spir­a­to­r­ial world­view through social media, the NOI’s tra­di­tional media arm, and his 52-week online lec­ture series, launched in Jan­u­ary 2013.

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