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August 18, 2015

Farrakhan Promotes Anti-Semitism & Violence In Lead Up To Oct. March

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan has invoked hateful anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and called for violence against white people during his multi-city tour to promote the October 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, DC.farrakhan-justice-or-else-miami-2015

In his August 13 remarks at a church in Milwaukee, Farrakhan accused Jews of controlling the media, government and economy. 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.”

Farrakhan also invoked the canard that Jews killed Jesus stating, “Would the Jew had listened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”

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.” Farrakhan’s Miami 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!”

Farrakhan employed similar rhetoric in Milwaukee, saying 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.” He continued, “Allahu akbar! God is great! We have no weapon! We bother nobody! Then if you come to take our life, don’t’ be surprised if you lose your own!”

In an effort to build support for the “Justice…Or Else!” MMM, Farrakhan has spoken in Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Memphis.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic former leader of the New Black Panther Party and current leader of Black Lawyers for Justice, has also actively been promoting the event for the NOI in various parts of the country.

The NOI has also organized other local events led by African-American religious and community leaders. Some MMM events have featured support from national, state, and local elected officials, celebrities, and others.

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April 17, 2013

Language In Ricin Letters Not So Mysterious

Federal authorities have intercepted letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker that have tested positive for ricin in preliminary or follow-up tests.  Ricin is a poison derived from castor beans that operates as a deadly toxin when ingested or swallowed.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Extremists in the United States, especially on the far right, have long been fascinated with ricin.

According to an FBI bulletin obtained by Fox News, the ricin-laced letters were sent from Memphis on April 8 and both contained the phrase “to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”  Both letters were signed “I am KC and I approve this message.”

The identity of “KC” may not yet be known, but the language that he used does have a source.  The sentence about seeing a wrong is actually a quotation that traces back to an obscure chiropractor, John Raymond Baker, from Longview, Texas.  Baker claims to have originated the quotation for a Web site he created to express grievances about a major insurance company.

Over the years, visitors to this site picked up the quotation and began using it elsewhere.   Activists and extremists across the political spectrum—from right-wing extremist groups to the left-wing Animal Liberation Front—have repeated Baker’s nostrum, both with and without attribution.   They typically use it as language to justify or rationalize their actions.

Baker himself noticed this phenomenon as early as 2006, observing that “now, people are using it about all kinds of injustices.”

No evidence has emerged to suggest that Baker himself might in any way be connected to the ricin letters.  Clearly, though, someone has exploited his language in order to justify their potentially deadly actions.

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March 28, 2013

White Supremacists To Stage Protest Over Memphis Parks

This Saturday, March 30, members of a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group and other white supremacists will stage a protest at a courthouse in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, to protest that city’s decision to rename three local parks bearing names related to the Confederacy. In rallying support for the protest, Chris Barker, the “Imperial Wizard” of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK), told followers that the government was attempting to “erase all that our Anglo Saxon Race has to be proud of.” Following the protest, the LWK plans to host a cross-burning on private property at an undisclosed location.

A number of Klan groups reacted with anger in February 2013, after the Memphis City Council voted 9-0 to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park with less offensive titles. Of the three, the park named after Forrest had been the most controversial, as prior to the Civil War, Forrest had been a slave trader, and during the War was a general who had been associated with the massacre of African-American soldiers. After the war he became the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Klan reaction following the vote was predictable. James Moore, the LWK’s Grand Dragon for the Realm of Virginia, posted a YouTube video of himself attempting to describe the City Council’s unanimous vote as a “continuing cultural genocide [against] white Americans.” Frank Ancona, the Missouri-based leader of another Klan group, the Traditionalist American Knights, claimed that “niggardly politicians” had “declared WAR on our White Confederate Heroes and History.”

Barker launched a campaign asking his members and those of other Klan groups to call Memphis city council members to protest the decision, even providing Klansmen with their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Frank Ancona urged his own members to participate in “calling these degenerate scum ASAP and let’s make them sorry they ever made this ridiculous decision.” Some city council members have reported receiving such communications.

On February 14, Tamra Crowder submitted a permit on behalf of the LWK for  the group’s public protest.  Other white supremacists soon joined in.  On March 10, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, Michigan, announced that NSM leader Jeff Schoep would speak at the Memphis event.  NSM members from Texas, South Carolina and Georgia also plan to attend. The Northern Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Arkansas-based International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Louisiana-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations have all also claimed that members would attend.

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