Race, Racism, and White Nationalism

Jul 22, 2014, 10:25
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...

Website URL: http://www.irehr.org
Kansas City Begins to Stand Up to neo-Nazis

Kansas City Begins to Stand Up to neo-Nazis

Monday, 04 November 2013 16:13

Rally Slated for Saturday, November 9, at Liberty Memorial

On November 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial, a wide variety of civil rights and human rights organizations, city officials and concerned individuals will gather to say No! to the National Socialist Movement and Yes! to human rights.

The National Socialist Movement and whatever friends they can gather up are coming to the Kansas City are for a weekend of private sessions on national socialist ideology, a public rally in the center of downtown Kansas City, Missouri and then a nighttime swastika burning on private land, an affair somewhat like a Klan cross burning.  Unlike other white nationalists, like those who attend American Renaissance conferences, the 50-to-100 neo-Nazis who rally during the day will hope for some conflict on the streets—it is what helps them gather new members.  The nighttime swastika-burning, however, is likely to draw more racists to it than the daytime rally.

Conscious of the neo-Nazis need for street conflict, organizers of the Liberty Memorial event are planning a non-violent, non-confrontation rally, a place where people of all types can gather.  They are also aware that the day is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and they will remember those who died, were burnt out of their homes and shops, and shuffled off to concentration camps.  Their event is at the same time as the neo-Nazi rally downtown.  It follows in the spirit of the city council members of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, who last Thursday passed a resolution opposing and rejecting the National Socialist Movement and its ideology.

National Socialist Movement regional organizer, Buddy Rumble (above) is bringing the white nationalist group to Kansas City

National Socialist Movement Plans to Rally in Kansas City November 9

Monday, 28 October 2013 12:00

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) is planning a rally in the Kansas City area on November 9. They are talking about having a show of forces between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on that Saturday. Most of the chatter about the would-be rally place it in downtown Kansas City, Missouri; although it should be noted that the NSM leaflet advertising this event places it in Kansas City, Kansas.

Remembering the 20th Anniversary March in 1983

Remembering the 20th Anniversary March in 1983

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:10

Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary were among the singing performers that I remember. Congresswoman Bella Abzug waved her fist and gave it her all. Mrs. Coretta Scott King spoke early in the long afternoon of speakers. I don't remember Rev. Joseph Lowery's speech, although both he and Mrs. King were co-chairs of the August 27, 1983 March on Washington for Jobs, Peace and Freedom. It was the 20th anniversary of the historic 1963 event. Among the 23 conveners of that 1983 march, were the leaders of four unions, Clyde Bellancourt from the American Indian Movement, Dorothy Height from the National Council of Negro Women and Judy Goldsmith from the National Organization for Women. The heat caused the crowd of over 200,000 to fizzle, or wade in the reflecting pools at the Lincoln Memorial before the speeches ended. Rev. Benjamin Hooks from the NAACP only came to the microphone after two hours or more had droned on.