Race, Racism, & White Nationalism

The Unbearable Whiteness of CPAC

The Unbearable Whiteness of CPAC - 4.4 out of 5 based on 13 votes

For years, white nationalists found themselves on the outside looking in, faces pressed against the glass to get a glimpse at the movement happenings at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But the times they are a changing. Not since Pat Buchanan’s racially-tinged insurgent campaign at the 1992 conference have white nationalists found a more hospitable environment in the halls of CPAC.

With the rise of the Tea Party, the doors to CPAC flew open wide in 2010. The same year that CPAC gave the “Ronald Reagan Award” to the Tea Party movement, the far-right John Birch Society, a group kept outside for decades, was allowed to co-sponsor the event for the first time. Others on the far-right were welcomed into the fold, and racist rhetoric about president Obama was allowed center stage. Just like that, CPAC became a white nationalist friendly zone.

Despite a more tightly controlled platform this year, the annual conservative confab did little to disabuse white nationalists of the notion that they were at home, particularly when leaders expressed racially-charged rhetoric and calls for nativist “death squads” were met with raucous cheers from the floor.


Race Gap Among Millennials Signals Work To Be Done

Race Gap Among Millennials Signals Work To Be Done - 3.0 out of 5 based on 6 votes

When small groups of older liberals discuss the problems presented by the Tea Party movement, the millennial generation is often cited as the answer: old white conservatives will die off and young liberal millennials will take their place.  Millennials are friendlier than other generations towards gay people having the same civil rights as everyone else.  They are connected by social media, more disconnected from established political and religious institutions, and optimistic about the future.  Although they are more likely to be political independents, they have been more likely to vote for Democratic Party candidates in the last two elections, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. This cohort, aged 18 to 33, is more racially diverse than all previous generations, and only 57% consider themselves white people. (Of those being born today, less than half are white.) 


ALERT: This Year’s CPAC Includes Group Lead by White Nationalist

ALERT: This Year’s CPAC Includes Group Lead by White Nationalist - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

As the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gets set to kick off just outside of Washington DC, the event is already mired in a controversy over white nationalism.
ProEnglish, the white nationalist led English-only outfit that created serious headaches for the conference back in 2012, has quietly been allowed to again be an official exhibitor at CPAC 2014 when it opens today.


H.L. Mencken Club Gathering Brings White Nationalists Together Again

H.L. Mencken Club Gathering Brings White Nationalists Together Again - 4.2 out of 5 based on 5 votes

At a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, white nationalists will again gather this weekend for the sixth annual H.L. Mencken Club confab. The event has become a significant annual gathering of academic racists, white nationalists, and paleo-conservatives.

The program for the 2013 Mencken event includes several notable figures: Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute; Robert Weissberg, recently kicked out of the conservative National Review after IREHR exposed his racism; John Derbyshire, also fired from National Review after a racist column; William Regnery II, publisher of the racist and anti-Semitic journal, The Occidental Quarterly; Michael Hart, the academic racist who organized the 2009 Preserving Western Civilization conference.

Past Mencken Club gatherings featured names familiar to IREHR readers, including British expatriate Peter Brimelow of the white nationalist group VDARE, and Derek Turner of The Quarterly Review (formerly of Right Now! magazine, and the Irish neo-Nazi group, Social Action Initiative).


National Socialist Movement Plans to Rally in Kansas City November 9

National Socialist Movement Plans to Rally in Kansas City November 9 - 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 votes

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.


White Nationalists Descend on D.C. for National Policy Institute Conference

White Nationalists Descend on D.C. for National Policy Institute Conference - 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes

Just blocks away from the White House, North American and European white nationalists of various stripes are scheduled to convene at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC on October 25 to 27 for the 2013 Leadership Conference of the racist "think-tank," The National Policy Institute.

Fresh off a recent visit to Europe where he spoke again at a meeting of the Traditional Britain Group on October 19, National Policy Institute director Richard Spencer claims the event “will explore the future of identity for European peoples around the world.” There is very little new, however, to Spencer’s calls for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to create a white homeland in North America.  IREHR takes a look at Spencer and the National Policy Institute. 


Guns and Gavels

Guns and Gavels - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

With so-called "Common Law Grand Juries" increasingly becoming an issue, we felt that this background document from the archives, Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias, and White Supremacy, would be useful in providing context into a problem that goes back decades.


Racism and Rugby

Racism and Rugby - 1.6 out of 5 based on 9 votes

An open letter to the Board of the Marin Highlanders RFC

After an exciting first year of rugby my 10-year-old is chomping at the bit to play again. While he loves sports--skateboarding, basketball and soccer, he really, really took to rugby. I was pleasantly surprised and up until recently knew very little about rugby. My son thrived and I was, and remain, very happy for him. Throughout the 2012-2013 season I was favorably impressed by his team's organization, discipline, teamwork and team spirit. My favorable impression was, in no small part, due to the coaching staff, led by Paul Cingolani. 'Coach Paul' inspired my son and gently helped him adjust to a large group of diverse kids and a strange new sport with seemingly arcane references--'props', 'scrums' and 'rucks' were new terms for us.

It was with great disappointment that I learned 'Coach Paul' would be leaving the Highlanders this coming season.


Two Floridas, One National Conference

Two Floridas, One National Conference - 5.0 out of 5 based on 6 votes

Remember Harry and Harriette Moore

On Saturday July 13, the NAACP will open its 104th annual national convention in Orlando, Florida. Thousands of delegates will gather, elected by their local branches to attend regional workshops, learn more about issues such as criminal justice and voting rights, and cast ballots in plenary session on resolutions that will help guide the work of the association into the future. Those who wrote the organization's obituary in the 1990s should know that the NAACP is stronger than it's been in decades, with forward looking leadership at the national level and in the state conferences.


Defending the Old Regime: White Supremacists in Mississippi

Defending the Old Regime: White Supremacists in Mississippi - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

Mississippi has a history of the worst kind of white supremacist violence.  Between 1882 and 1927, there were 517 people lynched in the State of Mississippi—almost one person a month.  It was the highest number for any state during that period.  The state was also the birthplace in 1954 of the white Citizens Councils that fought the freedom movement and defended Jim Crow segregation.  It was home to one of the most violent Klan factions during the 1960s, the Mississippi White Knights led by Sam Bowers.  And a state government agency, the Sovereignty Commission, spied on civil rights activists and anyone who thought black people should have voting rights, it aided and abetted Klan killers, and it left a searing mark on the lives of millions.


Holocaust Deniers Play Footsie with Iran (Again)

Holocaust Deniers Play Footsie with Iran (Again) - 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 votes

The Islamic Republic of Iran is replete with beautiful mountain vistas, a clean subway system and keen scholarly discussion, if the Institute for Historical Review’s (IHR) Mark Weber is to be believed.  The country is also the victim of the harmful depredations of a “Zionist-controlled Hollywood,” according to Weber.  He and more than 40 other non-Iranians gathered with their Hollywood-hating Iranian peers for a four-day February conference in Tehran.  Speakers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East claimed that Hollywood did everything from pollute their cultural environment to promote war with Iran.  If you thought Americans were all skinny, that was a false impression caused by Hollywood.  And if you looked around and thought about sex, well that too was the fault of Hollywood. 


New York Times Misses Real Story on Gun Owners of America

New York Times Misses Real Story on Gun Owners of America - 4.6 out of 5 based on 9 votes

Yesterday's New York Times piece "Upstart Group Pushes Harder Than the N.R.A" by Jennifer Steinhauer was a glaring piece of public relations puffery that ignored the disturbing side of Gun Owners for America (GOA) and the group's founder.


Memphis Anti-Klan Rally a Victory!

Memphis Anti-Klan Rally a Victory! - 4.4 out of 5 based on 8 votes

More than 1,000 people rallied in Memphis on Saturday, March 30 to protest the Ku Klux Klan, according to news reports of the event.  Many came from across the country, mobilized by a call from a local coalition, the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality.  More came from the communities of Memphis, anxious to take a stand, or give their children a lesson in living history.  Anti-racists were kept away from an on-going Klan rally by several fences.  And the Klan was well-protected by police, who bussed them into a downtown zone, and then bussed them out of town after their rally.  Anger at the police for protecting the Klan, nevertheless, did not turn into violence and mar the anti-racist rally—thus turning the event into a significant victory.

The putative Klan rally in Memphis was actually a Klan-Nazi rally, as uniformed members of the National Socialist Movement and the Aryan Nations were part of the 60+ white nationalists who took part.  The Loyal White Knights, based in neighboring North Carolina, organized this rally and Klansmen from the North Mississippi White Knights, the Georgia-based Keystone Klan and others also participated.  Earlier threats that 5,000 Kluxers would march on Memphis turned into an empty propaganda stunt, as expected.  The police effectively cordoned the white-ists off, separating them from potential supporters.  And though Klansmen and neo-Nazis alike railed from their bullhorn, no one outside their immediate rally could hear them.

The cause of the Klan-Nazi spectacle was the City of Memphis’ decision to change the names of three parks bearing the names of Confederate and Klan heroes—most particularly the Nathan Bedford Forrest Park bordered by Madison Avenue and N. Dunlop Street in the center of town.  Before the Civil War, Forrest owned several plantations and had a business in Memphis as a slave trader.  During the war, he became a Confederate cavalry officer. But it was Forrest’s role as a national leader, or Imperial Wizard, of the Ku Klux Klan after the war that drew the attention of the white nationalists.  Given the large size of the anti-racist demonstration and the small size of the Klan-Nazi gathering, the Memphis city council would make a big mistake if it was to reconsider changing the name of the local park. 

There are still plenty of other Confederate memorials remaining, including a state park honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest in Benton County, Tennessee.  And then there are those statues erected in nearly every county seat in the old Confederate South.  Nominally erected to commemorate the honor and martyrdom of Confederate Army soldiers, they remain a lasting monument of the inability to remember that the Confederacy’s first principle, written into its Constitution, was white supremacy.

The Ida B. Wells Coalition put out a call before their rally: “For years, the Klan and other racist movements have used the symbols of the Confederacy to unite its movement, especially at the gravesite of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Klan co-founder and its first Grand Wizard.  Now, a new movement, the neo-Confederacy, is seeking to restore the Klan’s bloody legacy and that of the Old South.  We cannot allow that to happen, we must build a new anti-racist/anti-colonialist movement to defeat all forms of fascism and white supremacy.

IREHR agrees with the Coalition, particularly on the need for a new anti-racist movement.  And we will be glad to add the Tea Party movement to the list of racists to be opposed.


Inside CPAC 2013: Bigotry Gone Wild

Inside CPAC 2013: Bigotry Gone Wild - 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 votes

In the vast Potomac Ballroom of the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held March 14-16, started as a well-choreographed effort to present a softer, more diverse, conservative movement. Beyond the main hall, however, the carefully crafted façade melted away. In the many conference rooms that the Tea Party dominated, events featured blatant racism, homophobia, sexism, and Islamophobia. Despite the efforts of organizers to sweep it all under the rug, this year’s CPAC showed a conservative movement riddled with white nationalists, and others long a pillar of the farthest edge of the far right.  The conservative sense of white dispossession at the core of this new conservative movement, bore little resemblance to the high and mighty elites of the Reagan and Bush years.

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