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April 26, 2016 1

White Supremacists Feud Over the Racist Gender Gap

There is fight­ing and acri­mony between sup­port­ers of the two most vis­i­ble web­sites in the white suprema­cist movement—Stormfront and The Daily Stormer—over the role of white women. Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who runs The Daily Stormer, has infu­ri­ated many white suprema­cist women by post­ing arti­cles on his site that attack white women. When a fan of Anglin’s recently asked on Storm­front why that web­site seemed to be delet­ing posts ref­er­enc­ing Daily Stormer arti­cles, his ques­tion elicited a flood of responses and high­lighted the love/hate rela­tion­ship that some male white suprema­cists have with their female counterparts.Anglin column on feminsim and third worldization

While most of the women who post on Storm­front advo­cate for tra­di­tional roles for women, which is the dom­i­nant white suprema­cist posi­tion, they are nev­er­the­less angry that Anglin actively attacks and belit­tles white women—whereas many other male white suprema­cists put white women on a pedestal as future sav­iors of the white race.

Anglin angers such women because he  not only attacks what he sees as “deviant” white women, but also posts arti­cles depict­ing them in provoca­tive sex­ual poses and hav­ing rela­tions with non-white men.  In an April 2015 arti­cle, Anglin posted a video that showed white women on spring break mak­ing out with non-white men and wrote that the video proved “that your worst enemy is not Jews, White Man, but your own females.”  He added that women “should be thank­ful they don’t lit­er­ally get locked in cages.” In addi­tion, Anglin often refers to women as bitches and sluts and blames them for a vari­ety of issues affect­ing white soci­ety.  From his many posts on the sub­ject, it is clear that Anglin is every bit as misog­y­nis­tic as he is racist and anti-Semitic, express­ing a deep con­tempt for women, even the movement’s pre­cious white women, at every turn.

The response to Anglin from women on Storm­front has been very vocal. In one thread, a woman using the screen name “Mir­ror Eyes” wrote that “all those anti-women types are the same. They share the white nation­al­ist views in the fact that they claim to be tra­di­tion­al­ists (yet have noth­ing but deroga­tory things to say about females…).” Storm­fron­ter “Pinkys­mom” added, “If peo­ple want to post Anglin’s emotional/butthurt/impotent rage against white women, fine. But I will con­tinue to post my views of his posts and I will make SF pol­icy vis­i­ble to all who care to read it.” In fact, Storm­front has rules that bar peo­ple from post­ing deroga­tory com­ments about women.

Some male Storm­front mem­bers have come out in sup­port of Anglin’s misog­yny, even whole­heart­edly prais­ing him.  Male Storm­fron­ter “Pil­tene” wrote, “I love Andrew Anglin. His opin­ions are pretty much right on the women… Fem­i­nism is a a can­cer on the White race.”

Oth­ers, such as “Laid­back­guy,” expressed sup­port of women. He com­mented, “I don’t judge a per­son on gen­der. You are either pro white or anti– white to me.” Another male Storm­fron­ter, “TSFH14,” wrote that “as long as [Anglin] con­tin­ues to write ven­omous attacks against our sis­ters, he is my enemy.” Many peo­ple were also furi­ous that Anglin him­self has self-admittedly had sex with non-white women in the past and accused him of being a trai­tor and a hypocrite.

Anglin has gone beyond merely speak­ing out against women.  Say­ing that the pur­pose of The Daily Stormer is to edu­cate men about the white nation­al­ist move­ment, Anglin has actu­ally banned women from pro­duc­ing con­tent for his site. He also posted a man­i­festo of sorts pre­sent­ing his views about lim­it­ing women’s involve­ment and input into the move­ment. Accord­ing to Anglin, his rea­son for doing so is that women are nat­u­rally amoral and emo­tional and are inca­pable of feel­ing empa­thy because they can switch it on and off, depend­ing on their needs. Anglin argues that women should not be allowed to vote and should be barred from male occu­pa­tions and that women’s role should only be to sup­port men. He also alleges that allow­ing equal­ity between the sexes leads to the fem­i­niza­tion of men.

It is appar­ent that Anglin’s views are influ­enced by the “manop­shere,” a loose asso­ci­a­tion of misog­y­nis­tic men’s rights groups that rail against women and fem­i­nism. Not sur­pris­ingly, Anglin adds an anti-Semitic twist, blam­ing Jews for pro­mot­ing fem­i­nism, declar­ing that it is “a mech­a­nism of Judaism.”

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April 20, 2016 14

White Supremacists Up in Arms over Tubman on $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman. Photo Credit: Ohio History Connection (OHC) via U.S. Treasury Department, dated circa 1887 by H.G. Smith, Studio Building, Boston.

Har­riet Tub­man. Photo Credit: Ohio His­tory Con­nec­tion (OHC) via U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment, dated circa 1887 by H.G. Smith, Stu­dio Build­ing, Boston.

On April 20, the U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment announced that famous abo­li­tion­ist and res­cuer of slaves Har­riet Tub­man will be the new face of the $20 bill, replac­ing Andrew Jack­son (who moves to the bill’s back). The move is intended to answer a long-standing call for more diver­sity on America’s paper cur­rency. Tub­man, a for­mer slave her­self, helped hun­dreds of other slaves escape into freedom.

Ini­tial reac­tions were largely positive—but not among racists and white suprema­cists, who wasted no time react­ing to the news with ferocious–and unsurprising–venom. “Talk­ing mon­key Har­riet Tub­man to replace Indian killer Jack­son on $20 bill,” Andrew Anglin, edi­tor and founder of the white suprema­cist Daily Stormer web­site, announced on his blog.  A forum mem­ber on the white suprema­cist mes­sage board Storm­front warned, “Just make very sure you don’t ‘inte­grate’ this new $20 bill into your wal­let. You’ll likely find the rest of your money miss­ing in no time.”

Other Storm­front con­trib­u­tors posited the idea of “hav­ing fun” with the new bill by defac­ing it. One sug­gested he would make a stamp with a “white nation­al­ist cross” and the words “White Pride World Wide” to embla­zon on every $20 bill he encoun­ters. Yet another pledged never to use the new $20 bill, to demand to be given other bills instead.

On Face­book, racist com­ments also sur­faced quickly. Some­one post­ing as “Pete Lam­bro” wrote, “Who the hell is har­riet tub­man [sic]…if Obama want to put an african amer­i­cans [sic] Pic­ture [sic] on some­thing how about food stamps or ebt cards.”  In another Face­book post­ing,  a “Nick Fran­cis” com­plained that “now we have to stare at a mon­key every time we get paid.”

Oth­ers were quick to intro­duce anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, alleg­ing that the Trea­sury Depart­ment announce­ment was the brain­child of the Jews.  One anti-Semite posted to his Face­book page the com­ment “More Zion­ist Jack Jew,” refer­ring to Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Jack Lew.  A Storm­front poster using the screen­name Proud_White_Chap asked, “Who cares who Jews put on their fake paper? Andrew Jack­son fought against them and they besmirched his mem­ory by plac­ing him on the 20 dol­lar bill.” This seems to be a ref­er­ence to the anti-Semitic belief that Jews con­trol the bank­ing sys­tem and to the fact that Jack­son dis­man­tled the U.S.’s national bank.

A Trea­sury spokesper­son said the design for the new bills will be made pub­lic in 2020, the cen­ten­nial of women win­ning the right to vote. The actual cur­rency, how­ever, won’t be in cir­cu­la­tion until 2030, giv­ing white suprema­cists plenty of time to gnash their teeth and accu­mu­late other denominations.

White suprema­cists will prob­a­bly be no hap­pier with the new $5 and $10 bills, how­ever, which are to fea­ture five women’s suf­frage activists, Eleanor Roo­sevelt, and African-Americans Mar­ian Ander­son and Mar­tin Luther King, Jr., on the reverse sides.

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March 18, 2016 9

Seeking Justice: The Pardon of Leo Frank

This week marks the 30th anniver­sary of a sig­nif­i­cant event in ADL his­tory – the deci­sion by the Geor­gia State Board of Par­dons and Paroles to posthu­mously par­don Leo Frank.  Frank was the Jew­ish man­ager of an Atlanta pen­cil fac­tory who was falsely accused and wrongly con­victed in August 1913 of the rape and mur­der of Mary Pha­gan, a 13-year-old girl who worked in the factory. leo-frank-anti-semitism

Anti-Semitism was ram­pant in the early 1900’s and Leo Frank’s trial attracted national atten­tion and sig­nif­i­cant press cov­er­age – includ­ing irre­spon­si­ble press out­lets that inflamed the pub­lic with base and sala­cious anti-Semitism.  The trial itself was infected with a pervasively-hostile and anti-Semitic atmos­phere – from the argu­ments of the pros­e­cut­ing attor­ney to furi­ous mobs shout­ing “Hang the Jew!” out­side the cour­t­house.  Leo Frank’s trial and con­vic­tion shocked and gal­va­nized the Amer­i­can Jew­ish com­mu­nity – and under­lined the impor­tance of the estab­lish­ment of the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in Chicago in 1913 with a mis­sion to “to stop the defama­tion of the Jew­ish peo­ple and to secure jus­tice and fair treat­ment to all.”

Frank appealed his con­vic­tion – all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled 7 to 2, that Frank’s con­sti­tu­tional due process rights had not been vio­lated.  Jus­tices Oliver Wen­dell Holmes and Charles Evans Hughes strongly dis­sented:  “Mob law does not become due process of law by secur­ing the assent of a ter­ror­ized jury. “

After all appeals were exhausted, Geor­gia Gov­er­nor Geor­gia John M. Sla­ton reviewed the case and com­muted Frank’s death sen­tence to life impris­on­ment. That coura­geous deci­sion in June 1915, enraged many and sparked riots in the streets.  Two months later, a mob of armed men kid­napped Frank from his prison cell, drove him over 100 miles to Mari­etta (Mary Phagan’s home­town) and lynched him.

Leo Frank lynching

Efforts to vin­di­cate jus­tice for Leo Frank were strength­ened in 1982, when eighty-three-year-old Alonzo Mann, who ran errands in the fac­tory as a boy, came for­ward to announce that he had seen the fac­tory jan­i­tor car­ry­ing Mary Phagan’s body to the base­ment on the day of her death.  The jan­i­tor had threat­ened to kill him if he told any­one.  ADL’s Atlanta-based South­ern Coun­sel, Charles Wit­ten­stein and promi­nent immi­gra­tion lawyer and national ADL leader Dale Schwartz led a vig­or­ous legal cam­paign to clear Frank’s name.  And on March 11, 1986, those efforts were rewarded with a par­don.  The land­mark deci­sion, how­ever, did not exon­er­ate Frank and prove his inno­cence.  Instead, Geor­gia par­doned Frank because of their fail­ure to pro­tect him and bring his mur­der­ers to justice.

 It’s hard to imag­ine a trial steeped in such anti-Semitism or racism today, but our nation is far from free of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant dis­crim­i­na­tion and hate crimes.  Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. famously said:  “The arc of the moral uni­verse is long, but it bends towards jus­tice.”  The anniver­sary of Leo Frank’s par­don is teach­able moment and a reminder that the arc does not bend by itself – peo­ple striv­ing for equal­ity and jus­tice – even jus­tice, delayed – need to bend it.

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