Race, Racism, and White Nationalism

Jul 23, 2014, 2:49
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

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.

More than 400 people gathered at the Liberty Memorial on Nov. 9 to Say No to Bigotry (more photos below)

Kansas City Says No to National Socialist Movement (Twice)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:42
The National Socialist Movement (NSM) held a small rally with a total of 47 members and friends in Kansas City on Saturday, November 9.  The neo-Nazis were late getting started, failed to draw any of the Klansmen its organizer was trying to attract, and their electronically amplified speeches could not otherwise be heard over the noise from anti-racist opposition. They did attract a number of Aryan Nations supporters, however.  That included Pastor Drew Bostwick from Iowa, who claims he was the last man ordained by the now-deceased Richard Butler.