Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties. For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns. Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties.
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...
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.
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.