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March 30, 2015

White Supremacists Protest Against Purported “White Genocide”

White supremacists in locations across the United States recently took part in demonstrations, leafletings, and individual acts of protest to promote an increasingly popular concept within the white supremacy movement: the notion of “white genocide.”

Doggett at Starbucks

Doggett at Starbucks

The Anti-Defamation League tracked incidents in at least 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Activities also occurred in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, and New Zealand.

All actions took place on March 21, 2015, a date white supremacists have for several years declared to be “White Pride World Wide Day.” Described as part of the “March against White Genocide,” the actions were organized and promoted by Fight Wide Genocide, a self-described “collective of…activism” led by white supremacist Laura Fitzgerald, who is based in the Columbia, South Carolina, area.

The term “white genocide” is a relatively recent phrase coined by white supremacists to describe one of their long-held convictions: that the white race is “dying” due to non-white immigration and “forced assimilation.” White supremacists commonly claim that Jews are behind this “genocidal” action.

Fitzgerald, the campaign organizer, is a disciple of Robert Whitaker, an elderly guru in the white supremacist movement. His followers have coined what they term the “Stop White Genocide Mantra.” Fitzgerald encouraged white supremacists to participate through demonstrations, posting “#WhiteGenocide” stickers in public locations, holding up banners at high-traffic locations, or handing out literature.

A few white supremacists even tried to exploit Starbucks’ recent “Race Together” diversity campaign. Ron Doggett, a longtime white supremacist based in Richmond, Virginia, and several others demonstrated outside a local Starbucks, holding up a “Diversity = White Genocide” banner and other white supremacist signs and placards. Doggett is a former supporter of David Duke, as well as Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in the 2014 fatal shootings of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas.

Another white supremacist posted on-line a photo of a cup of Starbucks coffee with “‘Race Together’ is a code word for WHITE GENOCIDE” written on the sleeve.

Most demonstrations and actions were small in scope. The largest occurred in Florence, Kentucky, where 10-15 white supremacists led by neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell carried a “‘Diversity’ = White Genocide” banner and waved white supremacist flags and placards.

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March 7, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Movement Dealt Three Major Blows In One Day

Earlier this week, two U.S. Supreme Court orders and a settlement agreement out of South Carolina dealt major blows to the anti-immigrant movement’s agenda.supreme-court-east-facade

On March 3, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals by the cities of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and Farmers Branch, Texas, letting stand lower court rulings that had struck down both cities’ anti-immigrant ordinances.  Hazleton and Farmers Branch gained national notoriety when they passed ordinances barring undocumented immigrants from renting property in the towns. 

In both cases, lower courts struck down the ordinances as unconstitutional and preempted by federal law.  The Supreme Court’s orders denying the appeals requests end the legal battles, which have been ongoing since 2006, and secure a permanent victory for immigration and civil rights groups. 

On the same day as the Supreme Court’s orders, South Carolina officials settled a lawsuit with immigrant and civil rights groups over the state’s anti-immigrant laws.  In 2011 South Carolina passed a law similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 that, among other things, required local law enforcement to investigate people’s immigration status if they had reason to believe the person was undocumented. 

The provision, commonly known as “papers please,” effectively required local law enforcement officers to function as immigration enforcers.  In a letter submitted to the court signed jointly by the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, earlier this week South Carolina agreed that local law enforcement would not hold people purely to determine immigration status.  The letter further conceded that the law does not permit state and local officials to arrest or hold anyone believed to be undocumented “for any purpose, even to transfer the individual to federal custody.”

The Supreme Court orders and South Carolina settlement are major defeats for the anti-immigrant movement and its “attrition through enforcement” agenda. In the early to mid-2000s, the movement crafted this agenda, also known as “self-deportation.”

The goal was to make life so difficult for immigrants that they would “self-deport” from the city or state and move to another, or ultimately back to their country of origin.  Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a lawyer with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the extreme anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), is the mastermind behind attrition through enforcement and one of the leaders promoting the agenda today. Kobach helped to draft and defend the ordinances in Farmers Branch, Hazelton, and many other cities as well as Arizona’s SB 1070 law.

The Supreme Court orders and South Carolina settlement are part of a wider trend of defeat for the anti-immigrant movement.   Since the beginning of 2013 there has been a major decline in anti-immigrant legislation introduced at the state level nationwide. Pro-immigrant legislation is on the rise and the anti-immigrant movement is on the defense, attempting to stop this influx of legislation instead of continuing to draft “attrition through enforcement” bills. These latest developments send a clear message to the anti-immigrant movement and state and local legislators that anti-immigrant legislation not only divides communities but it does not hold up in court.

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August 1, 2013

Suspected Killer Of Sex Offender Published Book Advocating Killing Sex Offenders

Jeremy Moody, the racist skinhead charged along with his wife, Christine Moody, in the murder of a registered sex offender and his wife in Jonesville, South Carolina, on July 21, previously published a book in which he called for the killing of sex offenders.jeremy-moody-book-post

Moody’s 85-page self-published book, Yesterday, Today & Forever, is in most respects a typical white supremacist screed. Its title was borrowed from the name of an album from the Florida-based Oi! band Children of the Reich. 

The book, which Moody claimed “will live on through the ages,” includes sections that deny the Holocaust, that claim whites are more intelligent than non-whites, that engage in 9-11 conspiracy theories, that rail against homosexuality, and that elaborate on Moody’s Christian Identity beliefs.  Christian Identity is a racist and anti-Semitic religious sect that claims that white people are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel; Moody writes about a future time when “God’s chosen White Adamic men and women” will “attack…Zionist and negro whores.”

But Moody also includes content on another subject, what he terms “the lowest of all the species.”  That subject is “child molesters.”  Indeed, Moody goes so far as to include a special section entitled “Child Abuser (I Seek Your Death).”    He admitted that “this topic does not flow with the overall theme of this book,” but explained that “it’s a topic that I’m passionate about just the same.” 

After taking some time to recite alleged statistics about child abuse in the United States, and asserting that “it is not possible to rehabilitate a child molester,” Moody gets to his proposed “solution” to the problem of sex offenders.  “The only cure for child abusers and molesters,” he proclaims, “is to have every member of their immediate family killed.”  Moody’s rationale for killing not only sex offenders but their families as well is that “these nefarious crimes and people should not be allowed to procreate.”  By destroying the family, asserts Moody, “you purify the bloodline.”  This is the only way, Moody writes, that sex offenders or their families cannot ever hurt children again. 

Anticipating criticism, Moody claimed that his suggestion was not “immature.”  Rather, he wrote, “I think it’s the only answer, and if you don’t agree, then you too should be destroyed.”

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