Almost 100 hate crimes have been perpetrated by users of the right-wing extremist website Stormfront.org, according to a new study from the South Poverty Law Center.
Stormfront.org founder Don Black, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, denounced white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, who shot up two Kansas City Jewish centers Sunday killing three people.
“We have enough of a problem with how we are portrayed without some homicidal whack job coming along and reinforcing that,” Don Black told the Daily Beast.
Heidi Beirich, a director at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, called Stormfront the “largest hate site in the world” and “a magnet and breeding ground for the deadly and deranged.”
“Stormfront is the murder capital of the racist Internet,” Heidi Beirich, author of the SPLC report, said in a release. “It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged. And VNN is almost as bad.”
The SPLC report says, “registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the Web forum became the first hate site on the Internet in 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing.”
Two of the deadliest non-Islamic terror attacks, the 2011 bombing and shooting in Norway killing 77 and the 2012 shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple killing six, were both carried out by Stormfront users.
“It’s pretty clear that websites like Stormfront are breeding grounds for people who are just enraged at their situation, it’s there that people find the reasons their lives aren’t as they had hoped and Stormfront helps them find the enemy that is standing in their way – whether it be Jews, African Americans, immigrants and so on,” said Beirich. “Unfortunately it’s not very surprising that people who live in this kind of stew of violent racism eventually pick up a gun and do something about it at some point.”
SPLC says there are 10 characteristics shared by hate killers who were active on Stormfront, including unemployment, posting on more than one white supremacist website and having sustained activity across those sites.
Miller was also a frequent commenter on commenter on another anti-Semitic and racist Internet forum, Vanguard News Network.
SPLC says those racist right wing groups are expanding rapidly since President Barack Obama first ran in 2008.
“We have seen and documented at the SPLC an enormous growth of groups on the radical right, particularly in the last five years,” said Mark Potok, editor of the report and a senior fellow on the Intelligence Project. “That growth quite clearly seems to be driven by the appearance of Barack Obama on the political scene in the fall of 2008 and of course his subsequent election.”
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham told Fox News on Tuesday that Steve Israel’s statement that the Republican Party is “animated by racism” is “reprehensible” and that Democrats don’t get to play the race card because the “majority of Americans do not consider Barack Obama black.”
Ingraham told “Fox & Friends” that Democrats accuse conservatives of being racist, when it’s the other way around.
“Steve Israel is reprehensible in what he said. Nancy Pelosi, throw her into the ring. And I say this is a race to the bottom," Ingraham said.
“The Democrats have failed the black youth in this country with their terrible economic approach. Do we call that racist?” she continued.
She claimed that liberal support for women’s reproductive right is slaughtering African American children.
“They turn their heads away from the millions upon millions of black babies slaughtered in the womb over ten years,” Ingraham added. “Is that racist?”
“Is it racist that they allow inner cities continue to crumbles as families decay across the board in America — especially hard hit is African-American families. It is reprehensible and it’s all about November,” she continued. “This is not about ‘They care about black people.’ They care about their majority eroding away.”
She said Democrats are never called out on racism.
“You can’t level charges like that without real evidentiary basis,” she said. “But they’re never called on this.”
“The majority of Americans do not consider Barack Obama black,” she added, “they consider him mixed race, which of course is what he is, he’s half white and he’s half black.”
A Houston, Texas couple claims they were strip searched in a Beauty Supply store over a pair of $3 earrings.
Deadra Pattum says she went into Y Beauty Supply in Houston with her fiance John Marsden to buy hair extensions, and when she went to pay for a $3 pair of earrings, she was overcharged. Pattum says she then went to put the earrings back, and that’s when the storeowner accused them of stealing.
“The owner said you people always steal,” said Marsden. “And he said give me the earrings and I call police. My rights were revoked.”
After accusing the two of stealing, the owner called the police and wouldn’t let the couple leave the building. He then, according to reports, forced Marsden to strip so that he could search him for stolen items.
“So I took off my socks and shoes and I took off my pants,” said Marsden. “I was nervous."
Reports say that once a security officer showed up to the store, the surveillance video was reviewed and it was determined that Pattum and Marsden did nothing wrong.
“She never left the counter with those earrings in her hand,” said the guard. “There was no evidence of shoplifting.”
The storeowner has yet to comment on the matter, but he claims that many people have shoplifted from his store.
“Everybody doesn’t shoplift," said Pattum. "Everybody is not a thief. There are still honest people in the world.”
An anonymous sponsor put up a racist welcome sign in Harrison, Ark., to accompany a white supremacy billboard that made headlines last fall.
The billboard shows a picture of a white heterosexual couple and their kids. It reads, “Welcome to Harrison: Beautiful Town, Beautiful People, No Wrong Exits, No Bad Neighborhoods.”
It appears just below a 2013 billboard that says, “Anti-Racist Is a Code Word for Anti-White.”
The billboard company will not disclose who is responsible for either sign, although the “anti-white” slogan is commonly used by the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacy group the White Genocide Project.
The new billboard is allegedly sponsored by a group called the Harrison Area Business Owners and promotes the Wordpress blog HarrisonArkansas.info.
The website says: “Many choose to live in Harrison because many things are in reach, but their day to day lives are lived in a setting that is traditionally small town Americana.”
It appears to be a normal tourism website, but it touts KKK director Thom Robb’s pro-white agenda as being “pro-American.”
Local realtor Bob Dodson told KY3 that he found a link to his business on the website.
"I don't want to be associated with it," he said. "There are a few people who are trying to speak for the entire community and we have a loving community."
Dodson is working to get his link removed from the blog.
A member of the Community Task Force on Race Relations says the group or groups who put up the signs are promoting an anti-diversity agenda in Harrison.
"They're trying to stake their claim and build a community for themselves that they feel like they carry some weight in, and I think the community has had enough of that and saying they don't speak for them," said task force member Layne Ragsdale.
Soccer officials in Japan have found a new way to combat racism after a banner designating a “Japanese only” stadium entrance was hung up earlier this month.
In accordance with a zero-tolerance policy, much like that of the English Premier League, the top tier of the Japan Professional Football League, the J-League, will play to empty stadiums if the behavior continues.
On March 8, Urawa Reds fans hung a "Japanese only" banner in their stadium, and officials didn't take it down until the game was over, alleging they saw nothing racist about it.
Amid rising concerns that Japanese nationalism promoted by First Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is tainting the sport, the J-League had the Urawa Reds and Shimizu S-Pulse play in the empty Saitama Stadium, a World Cup venue with 63,700 seats, on Sunday.
Urawa Reds striker Tadanari Lee, a Zainichi Korean born and raised in Tokyo, applauded the J-League for cracking down on racism in Japanese stadiums.
“Of course there are times when I feel it,” Lee told the Japan Times. “One thing I can say is that sport is not something to bring discrimination into. I’m a football player and all I want to do is play football. I’d really like this kind of thing to stop.”
Lee said the Premier League “comes down really hard” on racism “even if it’s just a small thing.”
“I’d like people to have a greater awareness of this issue,” said Lee. “Through the media, a lot of people know what this game was all about and why it happened. We wore the Sports for Peace T-shirts and we were happy to play our part. Hopefully we can keep doing so.”
S-Pulse defender Calvin Jong-a-Pin, who grew up in the Netherlands, was no stranger to racism.
Jong-a-Pin said, "racism happens every day and it happened in Urawa two weeks ago and we just have to battle it. I stand behind the decision that the J. League made."
Japan is currently fighting with China and South Korea over historical and territorial claims.
A Belgian newspaper sparked outrage this week when it published an image of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama doctored to look like monkeys and alleged America’s 44th President began “selling weed” after he took office.
De Morgen published the image just days before Obama visited the county to commemorate World War I.
The paper said it was meant to be satirical – joking that the image was sent in by Russian President Vladimir Putin – and that everyone would find it funny if they were as tolerant of blacks as Belgium.
"We wrongly assumed that racism is no longer tolerated anywhere, and that as a result it could be the subject of a joke,” it wrote.
When the paper apologized for the “tasteless joke” it alleged the editors didn’t realize that the racist comparison between African-Americans and monkeys happens so regularly in the U.S., according to Belgian Flanders News.
“In this case, we plead guilty of bad taste. We continue to be on the side of those that are battling any form of racism,” it said.
11College Diversity Event Excludes Whites: This Isn't 'For White Folks To Meet And Work On Racism’ (Video)
A staff happy hour event was canceled at a Washington State college after white staff was excluded because the school’s diversity center felt whites would make it too difficult to have an honest discussion about race.
“If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that,” said an email sent to South Puget Sound Community College's 300 staff members.
"It was obviously a mistake," SPSCC's Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth, told King 5. "It was badly worded. If you want to come, you should be able to come because that just makes a richer conversation.”
The coordinator of the college's Diversity and Equity Center, Karama Blackhorn, who helped write invitation to the event, maintains that staff can’t have an honest discussion about race with white people there.
“That space is not for white people,” Blackhorn told King 5. "That space is for people of color. When trying to explicitly talk about race it can be a really difficult conversation for a lot of people, especially when trying to openly invite folks to build a space of solidarity.”
“That’s not diversity,” a student told King 5. “That’s anti what we’re preaching here.”
A Kentucky Baptist church pastor is pleading “ignorance” after one of his staffers appeared in blackface during a National Young Fundamentalists Conference skit this week.
Pastor Jeff Fugate oversaw the NYFC at his Clay Mills Road Baptist Church in Lexington. The theme of the three-day conference appears to be "Contend."
Fugate’s assistant, Joe Pickens, wore blackface to play Mr. T in a boxing skit. A black teenager played Pickens’ stunt double. In the skit posted below, the white contender “Curly” wins.
Fugate apologized for the skit on Friday, claiming the blackface was misconstrued.
“If we did something to offend someone, it was out of ignorance and I apologize,” Fugate told the Daily Mail.
“I apologize if I offended someone, I don’t even know as a pastor what those skits will be,” he added.
Fugate, head of the church for 23 years, said Pickens plays the villain in the skit every year.
“It was innocent, I promise you,” he added.
He also defended Pickens.
“[Pickens] just graduated last year from our bible college,” said Fugate. “That guy is just a young assistant, he is not even a pastor… he’s just an assistant.”
Pickens tweeted an image of himself wearing blackface and boxing robe.
“#NYFC 2014 fool! It’s about to go down! Who thinks they can contend with the champ?” he wrote.
His tweets have since been privacy protected.
"There are no words. Oh wait… there’s one. He actually used it himself, ‘fool.’ Racist also works," replied @RevDaniel.
“I just don’t understand a PASTOR of all people not understanding the wrongness of this,’ @Rev Daniel added.
Fugate says all skits will now be cleared by him first.
Vogue Italia released a feature this week with a Dutch model wearing blackface and posing with animals commonly found in Africa.
"We're thoroughly confused as to why the magazine didn't think this type of editorial would be offensive and why they didn't just use a black model in the first place," writes Julee Wilson of the Huffington Post.
11Sheriff Sent Cops Violent Video Game Premised On Shooting Mexican Children, Pregnant Women, DOJ Says
Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers also shared a bloody video game with employees where players shot Mexican children, pregnant women, and other “wetbacks” who attempted to cross the border.
After a year-long investigation, the Department of Justice found that Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson sent his subordinates a link to a game “premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border.”
“Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed,” the government motion said.
Johnson and his staff are accused of a long list of racist policies including ticketing, arresting and searching Latinos for more often than others.
“After a stop is made, Latinos are 250 percent more likely to receive a citation, 50 percent more likely to face arrest, and 20 percent more likely to be searched than comparable drivers from other ethnic backgrounds. Infra at 12. And Latinos comprise 37 percent of drivers stopped at ACSO’s checkpoints despite making up less than 9 percent of the driving population,” the motion stated.
The DOJ says several deputies and supervisors shared the link to the violent game along with racist jokes.
“Sergeant Darryl Myers and Lieutenant Wesley Anderson each forwarded an email joking that when Davey Crockett saw ‘hordes of Mexicans’ approaching the Alamo, he asked ‘are we having landscaping done today?’” the court filing said.
In another email training officer Richard Longamore complained about temporary visas being given to foreign nationals when they are victims of violent crimes like rape, incest and torture.
Johnson is not charged with a crime and the federal court has no way to remove an elected official from office.
Johnson is currently seeking re-election to another four-year term this November.
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina staff attorney Raul Pinto says Johnson should settle the federal suit and take any recommended sanctions.
“The abhorrent and unconstitutional practices outlined in this motion should not be tolerated in our state and cannot be allowed to continue,” Pinto said. “All residents of Alamance County deserve fair and equal treatment from their law enforcement officers.”
Long Island high school football players say they were beaten and taunted by a predominantly white opposing team and that referees did nothing to stop it.
Five Amityville High School varsity football players are suing Suffolk County’s Comsewogue High School after they were allegedly called the N-word and assaulted during a November game.
"They swarmed our players. They tried to hurt us. I was swarmed by not one, but 3 to 4 players, you know," Travon Duncan told WABC.
“Before the halftime break, the kids were getting in our faces, like ‘Yeah, it’s coming for you, all game, all game, n----- this, n----- that,’” said another player, Ricky Jean-Michel.
They claim the players weren’t the only ones participating in the brawl.
“Their coach comes up to me and he grabs me viciously by my left shoulder pad and said, ‘N-----, I’ll kill you,’” Duncan said. “I wouldn’t lie about something like that.”
“I remember the coach, in my face, grabbed my chest plate and say ‘I’m gonna f------ kill you,” Jean-Michel added.
“The coach grabbed me and I was choking, so he’s choking me and then does nothing to stop his player from still attacking me, so his player was hitting me,” said Niem Harvey.
An Amityville coach confirmed in a witness statement that he saw Comsewogue coaches “throwing punches, shoving and preventing our players from getting up from the floor.”
"The district is extremely concerned and disappointed with the actions that took place at Comsewogue,” the Amityville assistant superintendent told WABC.
Comsewogue would not comment on the matter due to pending legal action.