Race, Racism, and White Nationalism

Sep 2, 2014, 9:36
Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind

 is president of IREHR. For almost three decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009.  more...

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Remembering the 1987 King Holiday Weekend and Thinking about the Racist Opposition Today

Remembering the 1987 King Holiday Weekend and Thinking about the Racist Opposition Today

Monday, 20 January 2014 03:02

On Saturday, January 17, 1987, about 100 white-sheeted Klansmen and uniformed Aryan Nations members marched through Pulaski, Tennessee in opposition to the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.  They came to Pulaski because it was the birthplace of the Klan in 1866, after the Civil War.  A different Klan organization gathered its members that same day in opposition to the holiday in Summerville, South Carolina.

That same day, in Forsyth County, Georgia a crowd of about 400 North Georgia whites had gathered under the leadership of two Klan groups, the Invisible Empire KKK and the Southern White Knights.  They aimed to prevent a “Brotherhood March” by a smaller group of local working class whites who had teamed up black civil rights advocates from Atlanta.  As soon as all the would-be marchers got off their bus, the racist mob attacked them with bottles, rocks, racist slurs and other forms of shrapnel and drove them back into the bus, their march uncompleted.

Leonard Zeskind is a “moron,” according to Tea Party birther queen

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:30

Last week I wrote a letter to the IREHR reading public asking for financial contributions. In return, IREHR received the usual small number of donations that keep us ticking. We also received a couple of polite requests by Tea Party supporters asking us to take them off our mail list. We gladly complied. And then we got a letter from Orly Taitz, the immigrant born in the former Soviet Union who has been making all that noise about how she did not believe President Barack Obama was a natural-born American citizen and therefore could not be president of the United States.

"you are a moron," she wrote to me, starting her commentary without the required capital letter. "Tea party is there to defend your right to bear arms against this abusive regime," ending without the requisite period.

Rev. C.T. Vivian Receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Obama

Rev. C.T. Vivian Awarded Medal of Freedom

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:22

On November 20, the Rev. C.T. Vivian was one of fifteen luminaries to win the Medal of Freedom. Along with other awardees, including former Pres. Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, and Oprah Winfrey, he was presented with the award by President Obama. Rev. Vivian has a special relationship to the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, and joined our board of advisors when it was first created. At the beginning of August he also came to see us in Kansas City, and he spoke at a mass meeting in support of striking fast food workers. He gave encouragement to one and all that day.