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August 29, 2013 6

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award From Racists At Anti-Immigrant Rally

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Michael Hill hands award to Police Chief Lewis Smith in Uvalda

A Geor­gia police chief accepted an award from racists and anti-immigrant extrem­ists at an anti-immigrant protest.

Michael Hill, the pres­i­dent of the League of the South (LOS), an implic­itly racist neo-Confederate group, gave Police Chief Lewis Smith, chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in Geor­gia, the LOS’s “Robert E. Lee Award.” Hill report­edly gave Smith the award because of the chief’s sup­port of the rally and as “a small token of [their] appreciation.”

Hill, who has become increas­ingly rad­i­cal, was one of a num­ber of racist speak­ers at the rally. Other speak­ers at the event included lead­ers in LOS and Michael Cush­man, who heads the South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work (SNN). Atten­dees, who included white suprema­cists Brad Grif­fin (also known as Hunter Wal­lace) and Kyle Rogers of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, were also protest­ing Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges’ sup­port of a law­suit against Georgia’s harsh immi­gra­tion laws. 

Despite the fact that the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter informed Chief Smith of the pro­test­ers’ extrem­ism, Smith not only par­tic­i­pated in the event, he brought refresh­ments for the protesters.

In an effort to play down their extrem­ism, par­tic­i­pants at the protest did not openly dis­play white suprema­cist sym­bols or even the Con­fed­er­ate flag. They held up a flag from the SNN, a Geor­gia seces­sion flag, as well as an LOS ban­ner. Most of the par­tic­i­pants also fol­lowed a dress code of slacks and shirts, as requested in the event’s announce­ment on the LOS Face­book page.

Speak­ers at the event, how­ever, expressed racist, anti-immigrant views. Cush­man claimed that immi­gra­tion was “an inva­sion of our coun­try” and argued that it was “immoral” to replace “a unique peo­ple,” mean­ing South­ern whites, with immi­grants. Hill asserted that “demo­graph­ics is des­tiny” and argued, “This is our land. We set­tled it. We built it. And we own it. It’s ours.”

In addi­tion, par­tic­i­pants held hand­made signs that read, “Mayor Bridges wants to replace us,” and “It’s wrong to replace us.” After the rally in Uvalda, the par­tic­i­pants con­tin­ued their protest in nearby Vidalia.

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August 27, 2013 9

Kinism: A White Supremacist Religious Movement Makes Gains

A racist and anti-Semitic reli­gious move­ment called “Kin­ism” is attract­ing young white suprema­cists in their 20s and 30s.  The adher­ents of Kin­ism pro­mote their own extreme ver­sion of Chris­tian­ity, insist­ing that the Bible con­dones the sep­a­ra­tion of the races. Kin­ists believe that whites should live with their own eth­nic kind or kin.kinism-anti-semitic-racist

Although Kin­ists insist that they are not racist, their pri­mary goal is to pre­serve the white race. Kin­ism orig­i­nated around 2001 with a group of peo­ple asso­ci­ated with the neo-Confederate League of the South.  The reli­gion gained more fol­low­ers a few years later as adher­ents began pub­li­ciz­ing Kin­ism on web­sites and blogs.

Today, young Kin­ists are using web­sites, blogs and pod­casts to try to attract more peo­ple to the reli­gion by pro­mot­ing it as a nor­ma­tive part of Chris­tian­ity that sim­ply focuses on lov­ing one’s own kind. Kin­ism may appeal to a grow­ing num­ber of white suprema­cists who are look­ing for a reli­gious foun­da­tion to jus­tify their racism and anti-Semitism.

For more infor­ma­tion, see: Kin­ism: A Racist and Anti-Semitic Reli­gious Move­ment.

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June 25, 2013 2

King Samir Shabazz, NBPP National Field Marshal, Arrested On Weapons Charge

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King Samir Shabazz

Update: New Black Pan­thers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz was arrested on June 20 in New York City for car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and the ille­gal wear­ing of body armor.

Shabazz, who has a tat­too on his face that reads “Kill Whitey,” is cur­rently being held on $75,000 bail and will appear in Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court on June 26. The NYPD stopped Shabazz on his way out of a NBPP meet­ing about the group’s planned “Mil­lion Youth March” 15th anniver­sary rally, which is sched­uled take place in Harlem on Sep­tem­ber 7.

Two days after Shabazz was arrested, the NBPP held a “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s Restau­rant. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the rally included New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

Known for his rants that call for vio­lence, Shabazz has pub­licly stated that NBPP mem­bers should press their uni­forms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.” In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broad­cast, he went on a vicious tirade describ­ing white nurs­eries and churches as legit­i­mate tar­gets for bombing.

The NBPP describes Shabazz’s arrest as an “attempt to stop the major orga­niz­ing efforts of the Mil­lion Youth March 15 year anniver­sary and slow down the progress of the pro­duc­tion of Black nation­al­ism.” They call on all “oppressed dark peo­ple of the planet” to “fight the efforts of the white dev­ils and Black Sam­bos by any means.”

Shabazz, whose real name is Maruse Heath, was pre­vi­ously arrested and released in 2008 for dis­or­derly con­duct after he and oth­ers inter­rupted a rally in Atlantic City. In 2009, Shabazz was impli­cated in a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice suit after a voter intim­i­da­tion inci­dent  while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chapter.

Shabazz is not the first NBPP leader to be arrested for weapons charges in recent years. In March 2012, Hashim Nzinga, NBPP Chief of Staff, was arrested and charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon after try­ing to pawn a semi-automatic handgun.

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