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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:19 PM

Last week the Sacramento Jewish community noted the 20th anniversary of a firebombing attack on three synagogues in the city. No one was injured; it was in the early morning hours. But there was significant damage. At the time it was the worst anti-Semitic attack in the US in many years.

At the ceremony that commemorated the occasion I noticed that only 50+ year old people attended; none of the 30 and early 40 aged congregants were there. I realized it was both because it was a week night but mostly because those younger folks have become accustomed to it and since no one died it wasn't as serious.

PS The perpetrators also bombed a Planned Parenthood clinic and killed a gay couple as they slept in their home...all within a 3 week period. They left a hit list of people to be killed...rabbis, presidents of synagogues, US attorneys.

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:12 AM

 golden_valley, on 26 June 2019 - 12:19 PM, said:

PS The perpetrators also bombed a Planned Parenthood clinic and killed a gay couple as they slept in their home...all within a 3 week period. They left a hit list of people to be killed...rabbis, presidents of synagogues, US attorneys.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 03:25 PM

Schadenfreudelicious! Looks like somebody is never going to get out of mommy's basement.

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A federal judge in Montana decided Monday that Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin owes real estate agent Tanya Gersh more than $14 million after rallying other white supremacists on his site to inundate her and her family with a barrage of threats and vitriol.

According to the Missoulian, Anglin accused Gersh of trying to force white supremacist Richard Spencer’s mother to sell her building in the city of Whitefish. In retribution, he posted her and her family’s personal information online. The Gersh family, including a 12-year old boy, was soon buried in anti-Semitic hate mail on all different media.

The Southern Poverty Law Center represented Gersh in the lawsuit, which she said aimed to stop “others from enduring the terror I continue to live through.”

Anglin seems to be lingering somewhere outside of the United States at the moment, failing to show up to court. The chief judge for the district of Montana will take the federal judge’s decision into account when making his final ruling on the case.

Just last month, a judge in Ohio awarded $4.1 million to Muslim-American radio host Dean Obeidallah after Anglin posted stories falsely accusing him of spearheading a terrorist attack. Anglin was missing in action during that procedure as well, according to the Associated Press.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 02:31 PM

The stain of Trump continues to poison our country.

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The United States is experiencing a steady rise in hate crimes going into the 2020 presidential election, according to a new report on extremism and violence in the U.S.

The report — released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino — details data on reported hate crimes throughout the U.S., as well as extremist murders.

The report, titled “Report to the Nation: 2019 Factbook on Hate & Extremism,” also records 2018 as the year with the largest number of anti-Semitic killings to date.

“Hate crimes continue to incrementally rise, interrupted by declines and big spikes,” Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism director Brian Levin told TPM.

The report compiles data collected at the city level for hate crimes as well as extremist activity, providing what Levin described as a “proxy” for information around the country.

Levin found that American cities are experiencing decade-high rates in hate crimes, after an eight percent increase in 2018 compared to the previous year.

The rise is occurring amid a broader decrease in crime and homicide rates, with white nationalists and far-right extremists continuing to be the “most ascendant” group behind violent extremism, the report found. The “overwhelming majority” of extremist domestic homicides in 2018 were committed “by white nationalist/far right sole assailants who attacked around the mid-term elections,” per the report.

“The overwhelming majority of declining extremist domestic homicides in 2018 were by white nationalist/far right sole assailants who attacked around the mid-term elections,” the report reads.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 04:54 PM

Racist asshole gets his just desserts ... twice!

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An Oklahoma City man was knocked out twice and then arrested after harassing and attacking a black father at an apartment complex swimming pool.

Joshua Valentine was accused by witnesses and police of verbally and physically attacking the black man July 20 at the pool as he played with his children, reported KWTV-TV.

The 28-year-old Valentine allegedly punched the other man, who fought back and knocked out his assailant.

Valentine awoke a few minutes later and left the pool area, police said, but returned with a baseball bat.

Witnesses said he swung the bat at the black man, who fended him off with a chair and then punched him several times — knocking Valentine out a second time.

Police arrested Valentine, who was charged with malicious harassment based on race, and he spent six days in the the Oklahoma County Jail before he was released on bond.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:33 AM

Hopefully more companies will get the message that any form of helping out racists is unacceptable.

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Digital security company Cloudflare announced Sunday that it will stop providing services to 8chan in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, leaving the web forum popular with white supremacists vulnerable to cyberattack.

Cloudflare’s decision comes a day after El Paso shooting suspect Patrick Crusius purportedly posted a racist statement on 8chan, before allegedly killing 20 people. The tech company’s move means that 8chan will lack a key protection against distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDos), in which hackers bring down websites by swamping them with fake web traffic.

In a blog post announcing the decision, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince called 8chan a “cesspool of hate.” The suspects behind the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shooting and the Poway, California, synagogue shooting also allegedly posted statements before the shootings on 8chan.

“At some level firing 8chan as a customer is easy,” Prince wrote. “They are uniquely lawless and that lawlessness has contributed to multiple horrific tragedies. Enough is enough.”

The move marks a reversal for Cloudflare, which had announced earlier Sunday that it would continue to protect 8chan.

8chan didn’t respond to a request for comment. On Sunday, 8chan creator Frederick Brennan, who no longer runs the forum, called for 8chan to be shut down.

Cloudflare, whose network handles nearly 20 percent of the internet’s top 10,000 sites, has traditionally been reluctant to pull its services from extremist or hateful websites, even in the face of criticism from tech activists. But Prince said 8chan had set up its forums, where white supremacists and conspiracy theorists proliferate, to be “lawless and unmoderated.”

“The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths,” Prince wrote. “Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:42 AM

The lie about white people being "replaced" is all the rage now and it's spreading across the world. Sounds to me more like the same regions of the country that told blacks to get off lazy their asses and compete (despite massive historical and current structural barriers to blacks being able to compete) are whining because they're told to get off their lazy asses and compete. Meanwhile they mock education, thinking skills, knowledge, and science, the surest paths to being able to make more money.

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It’s the meme behind the massacres.

In El Paso this week and across the globe this year, white supremacists have left manifestos referencing a racist conspiracy theory to justify slaughtering religious and ethnic minorities.

Alleged killers in Christchurch, New Zealand; Poway, California; and El Paso, Texas believed a theory that claims white people are being “replaced” by people of color through mass immigration. Conspiracy theorists often falsely claim this is a deliberate effort by any number of groups demonized on the far right: liberals, Democrats, Jews, Muslims. It’s the theory peddled by white supremacist groups seeking recruits and the torch-bearing marchers in Charlottesville two years ago. It’s also a thinly disguised—and often not disguised—talking point from some conservative politicians and pundits, experts say.

By leaving these conspiratorial manifestos, white supremacists are trying to add to a long and growing library of terror, and get others to follow their examples.

“They’re also trying to inspire others about the urgency of the moment. In particular with the New Zealand shooter, the Poway shooter, and this guy in El Paso, you see these ideas building on each other,” Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, told The Daily Beast.

“There’s no question these people are feeding off each other because they’re referencing prior manifestos. In the Poway case and the El Paso case, they both referenced Christchurch.”

In name alone, the conspiracy theory began in 2011, with the book The Great Replacement by French author Renaud Camus. The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant text likened the growth of non-white populations to the genocide of white people in European countries. This supposed genocide is non-existent. White supremacists use it as an excuse for violence anyway.

On August 11, 2017, white supremacists led a torchlit march on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. The marchers chanted “you will not replace us,” or sometimes “Jews will not replace us,” in a callout to the conspiracy theory.

The torchlit rally, the first event of the two-day “Unite the Right Rally,” was intended as a coming-out moment for America’s increasingly visible white supremacist movement. On the second day, a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, murdering one.

The conspiracy theory continued to gain traction with white supremacists. The Christchurch shooter referred to the “replacement” in the title of his manifesto before he allegedly massacred 51 people at a mosque in March—and live-streamed it on Facebook for propaganda.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:35 PM

Another nice Southern boy from a good Republican family.They really do raise some entitled, miserable little pukes down there.

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On Monday, WOLO reported that a 16-year-old South Carolina student has been expelled from the Cardinal Newman School, banned from the property, and faces criminal charges following a violent, racial-slur-laden social media post in which he shoots a box of shoes representing black people.

“Howdy. I’m Parker Mustian, and I hate black prople,” he can be heard saying in the video as he loads a rifle. “They’re the worst. They’re stinky and they just suck. They’re just bad people. You’ll notice over there, there’s a box of Jordans — the favorite pair of shoes for a black man. I’m gonna show you what I think of the black man.”

“F**k all n*****s,” he adds after shooting the box several times.

According to Heavy, Mustian comes from a powerful political family. He is the grandson of Richard Quinn, a legendary GOP strategist, and the son of Benjamin Mustian, a prominent Columbia attorney.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 03:44 PM

All these people feel enabled. The "Southern Strategy" working through.

And we also have Piers Morgan, who I think was a presence on American TV a few years ago, who is now the anchor of Good Morning Britain on ITV. I think ITV would like to make him an out-and-out right-wing shock jock. I couldn't bear to watch him myself, but I get to see the odd clip and read the odd transcript, and I think that's what ITV would like to do with him.

That's off-thread, I know, but the connection is that certain unpleasant people over here now feel enabled who didn't before. With you it was Trump doing the enabling; with us it was Brexit.
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Posted 07 August 2019 - 10:11 AM

TPM also covers the Great Replacement theory. It is driving white nationalism in both America and Europe. Here's the guts of what we've experienced recently.

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So how did the theory go from being the province of racist French intellectuals to justifying mass murder at an El Paso Walmart?

Far-right groups in the English-language world grabbed onto Camus’s statement of the theory after its publication. The El Paso shooter claimed to have read the book in his manifesto, while translations of the book reportedly became popular among the online alt-right.

In July 2017, white nationalist Youtube star Lauren Southern posted a video called “The Great Replacement” that has since garnered more than 670,000 views.

In the monologue, Southern blends fear-mongering about the supposed Islamification of Europe with specifically American concerns about automation and disappearing jobs to create a narrative of whites being replaced.

“The future of Europe looks pretty halal,” she says, before discussing how technology makes jobs — and people — redundant. “It’s all replaceable and there’s nothing particularly significant about the thing being replaced.”

According to Keegan Hankes, the interim research director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, the theory is a “dressed-up version” of older ideas that white nationalists have peddled about supposed conspiracies to destroy the white race.

“It’s not that the ideas are new, it’s new packaging,” he said.

But the idea has caught fire on the U.S. far-right since Trump’s election.

White nationalists chanted “Jews will not replace us” and “you will not replace us” at multiethnic counterprotestors in Charlottesville in August 2017. They may or may not have known the theory’s history, but elements of the idea appear to have influenced them.

Over the past year, the idea of dark-skinned foreigners replacing America’s white population has continued to seep into mainstream conservatism, in ways often inspired by fear of a supposed catastrophe in Europe.

In August 2018, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explicitly endorsed the theory, telling a far-right Austrian website, “Great Replacement, yes,” while adding that “These people walking into Europe by ethnic migration, 80 percent are young men.” King went on to blame billionaire George Soros as masterminding the supposed cabal behind the conspiracy.

Fox News has begun to propagate aspects of the racist narrative over the past year, without necessarily adhering to the theory itself. The Fox News version is more narrowly focused on domestic electoral politics, accusing Democrats of pushing for replacement for partisan political advantage.

Laura Ingraham has subscribed to the notion that Democrats are trying to use “chain migrants” to replace Americans. She said in one appearance last year that Democrats “want to replace you, the American voters, with newly amnestied citizens and an ever-increasing number of chain migrants.”

Tucker Carlson has also echoed elements of the theory — “demographic replacement” is his term — using it as a partisan bludgeon to accuse Democrats of trying to seed the country with liberal constituencies.

After the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, for example, Carlson claimed that leftists were advocating for a “genocide” of white men. He has also characterized the difference between U.S. policy towards immigrants and towards its native-born citizens as “it’s like, shut up, you’re dying, we’re gonna replace you.”

In making that argument, Carlson has ventured deep into the fever swamps. He has claimed that Democrats want “demographic replacement” with a “flood of illegals” to create “a flood of voters for them.”

Hankes argued to TPM that demonizing immigrants is “inseparable” from the idea of a supposed “replacement.”

“This idea that a great cultural or ethnic replacement is coming couples very, very well,” he said.

But it’s President Trump that has provided the highest-profile use of rhetoric associated with the idea of The Great Replacement. He has described Muslim and Hispanic immigrants as “invaders” and criminals. His campaign has ran thousands of advertisements about a supposed immigrant “invasion.”

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 10:13 AM

Kudos to Faux News for posing a question and providing the answer right below.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:59 PM

Yep.
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Posted 08 August 2019 - 09:33 AM

Tucker's vacations always seem to align with some shitstorm or another. How convenient.

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson announced that he is leaving for vacation Wednesday, after his comments about white supremacy being a “hoax” set off a firestorm and garnered the endorsement of David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Per CNN, Fox News claims that the vacation was planned before the controversy unraveled.

Carlson said Tuesday night on his show that white supremacy is “just like the Russia hoax” and that “it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”

He made the comments just days after a shooter in El Paso killed 22 people, seemingly motivated by his white nationalist beliefs.

His comments earned approval from Duke, one of the most infamously virulent white nationalists.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:03 PM

The losers from Charlotte haven't been faring well. Poor little dirtbags.

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It’s been two years since neo-Nazis marched with Tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a new report from the Anti-Defamation League has found that many of the marchers have not fared well since that fateful weekend in August 2017.

The ADL this week published a “Where Are They Now?” guide to the 2017 Charlottesville demonstrators and found that a good deal of them suffered from various repercussions for their actions, including “imprisonment, job loss, de-platforming — or banning users who violate their terms of service — on social media platforms, travel bans and rejection by friends and family.”

Among those who saw their lives ruined by their participation in the rally are three former active-duty Marines who were discharged by the Marine Corps after they were discovered marching in Charlottesville.

The report also found that more than a dozen “Unite the Right” marchers have since been imprisoned for various crimes, most notable Ohio resident James Alex Fields, Jr., who was convicted of murdering counter-protester Heather Heyer after he plowed his car into a group of people.

But he’s far from the only neo-Nazi in jail, the ADL reports.

“Also sentenced to substantial time in prison: three of four men found guilty of ‘malicious wounding’ for their roles in the parking deck assault of an African American man during Unite the Right,” the ADL says. “Daniel Patrick Borden of Ohio was sentenced to three years and 10 months, Jacob Scott Goodwin of Arkansas received an eight-year sentence, and Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia received six years. A fourth man, Tyler Watkins Davis, is scheduled for sentencing later this month.”

And even Unite the Right organizers who are not in legal jeopardy have found themselves getting hounded by civil lawsuits at both the state and local level accusing them of conspiring to promote violence.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:57 PM

Dumpster has learned that you don't always have to Shoot Them to fight the invasion

And this guy wasn't even Hispanic or Muslim.
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:20 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 08 August 2019 - 05:57 PM, said:


Yeah but he was probably brownish. Remember what somebody (might have even been me) posted here a while ago; the cruelty is the point. They love to go on and on about "it's the law" but in fact they just like to beat on anybody they don't like. And can you imagine the reaction from the "it's the law" types if the idiots that took over the National Wildlife Refuge had been raided and then, if they drew guns, been all killed? Suddenly "it's the law" would have been right out the window.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:50 PM

Max Boot (of all people) tell the offended white people to calm the f*** down and that they are not the most persecuted people in the nation, despite that apparently a majority of whites in America actually believe just that.

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What has become of conservatism under President Donald Trump?

The exact nature of the ideology and the movement has always been up for debate, but at a trivial level, conservatism has always just been whatever influential groups of self-identified conservatives say it is. And despite frequent calls from some corners to decry Trump as not a “true” conservative, the evidence that he has subsumed not only the Republican Party but the ideological movement underpinning it is growing by the day.

And in a new feud between ex-Republican Max Boot and the magazine National Review, observers can glimpse in real-time the merging of the conservative old order and the Trumpist present. It’s “the Trumpification of conservatism,” as Boot put it.

Boot set the current flare-up in motion with a recent column in the Washington Post about white fragility called: “Get a grip, white people. We’re not the victims.”

To be frank, the piece would not have been particularly noteworthy on its own. It’s a rather mundane point that writers of color have long emphasized, and that is accepted as conventional wisdom by anyone to the left of Jennifer Rubin. Its thesis was simple: Despite polling that shows a majority of white people believe otherwise, discrimination against people of color in the United States is a much bigger problem than discrimination against white people.


That triggered a snowflake over at National Review.

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But this rather terrestrial — though important — point set off one National Review writer. John Hirschauer denounced the piece and Boot as fanning “the flames of racial hatred.”

It was absurd and overblown.

Perhaps most representative of the piece’s tone, Hirschauer wrote of Boot: “Based on your skin color, says the white pundit, you’re either a victim or a villain.” Boot said no such thing. His point was simply that, when it comes to racial discrimination, the majority of whites are wrong to think that they are primarily the victims. This does not entail, of course, that they are the villains.


This set of a brutal back and forth. It ended up with the National Review firmly on the side of Tucker Carlson, whining about discrimination against whites, ignoring discrimination against others, and screeching about an us vs. them mentality ... which they then display themselves.

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That’s not the worst of it. Hirschauer claimed:

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Boot sets up a Faustian choice for “white” readers: Side with the white supremacists and their detestable program, or sell your political soul to Max Boot and become one of the self-loathing whites so paralyzed by intersectional deference that they can hardly advance an argument without first reciting that neutered prelude: “As a straight, white, cisgender man with privilege, I . . .”

Again, there’s no indication in Boot’s piece that he hates whites. The idea of the “self-loathing white” is, in fact, a white supremacist trope. Boot responded:

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In 2016, a group of white supremacists led by Richard Spencer got into a scuffle in the District after one of them accused an anti-racism protester of being a “self-hating white person.” These bigots routinely label any white person who offends their racist sensibilities a “race traitor.” I have gotten used to this kind of invective from white supremacists online. I did not expect to get it from a magazine that has defined mainstream conservatism for more than 60 years.

Hirschauer has tried to defend his argument. In a new piece, he denied spouting white supremacist talking points and condemned the ideology as “a sin.” He continued:

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My point in the self-loathing comment: If Boot is really condemning all white people — and his piece often leaves out any qualifier and talks directly to the unmodified mass of “white people” — then he, as he admits, is part of this all-encompassing category he finds worthy of such rank condemnation (as are Bernie Sanders, Rob Reiner, Howard Dean, etc.).

But once more, Hirschauer is misrepresenting Boot’s piece. Boot never once condemned “all white people,” and it’s hyperbolic overreaction to believe that he did. Hirschauer even deceptively provides a partial quote of Boot’s claim referring fear of losing privilege to people of color, falsely asserting that the claim was categorical. It wasn’t. Hirschauer also said: “In the world of Max Boot’s creation, there is only Max Boot’s policy preferences on the one hand, and white nationalism on the other.” But this too is false; Boot’s arguments haven’t been about policy at all, they’re about the attitudes white people have toward people of color. And it’s this discussion that seems to have set Hirschauer off.

All of this wouldn’t matter that much, of course, except for what it reveals about American conservatism. Boot noted that Hirschauer’s article was defended by Rich Lowry, National Review’s editor.

Boot said it was “alarming” and “telling” that the article was published by the outlet at all. And he pointed out that the magazine has in recent years often defended Trump from accurate accusations of racism and promoted the president’s views on immigration.

“This is, sadly, a return to the roots of a magazine that defended Jim Crow in the 1950s (and even the early 1960s) and South Africa’s apartheid regime until its dissolution in 1994,” Boot wrote. “I take no pleasure in writing these words. I am heartbroken to see that it is not just the Republican Party that has become Trumpified but much of the American right — including a magazine I once revered.”

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:53 PM

The NYPD union president plays the "I'm not racist cuz' I have black friends" card.

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The president of New York City’s second largest police union says his sharing of a racist video was just an “honest mistake” and that he shouldn’t be disciplined for it.

As the New York Post first reported, the video was emailed to thousands of police sergeants by Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins. Along with the video, Mullins included a message that read, “Pay close attention to every word. You will hear what goes through the mind of real policemen every single day on the job. This is the best video I’ve ever seen telling the public the absolute truth.”

From the NY Post:

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The roughly 15-minute video kicks off with footage from a fatal Los Angeles police shooting as someone raps, “Don’t make the blacks kids angry.”

“One of the most astonishing aspects of police work in an urban environment is that almost literally no one has a job,” the unnamed narrator says, descending into one of several racist rants during the nearly 15-minute video.

“A presidential administration succeeded in forever vilifying its nation’s police while simultaneously granting blacks crime as their new entitlement,” the narrator says later.

Speaking to Gothamist, Mullins said he didn’t watch the video and therefore didn’t know its contents before sending it out.

“I have black friends, white friends, Asian friends—I wouldn’t want to insult anyone,” he said. “I don’t think one incident defines who I am.”

The police union Mullins represents has faced criticism for its online behavior before. As Gothamist points out, this past May the SBA tweeted a video showing a graphic sex act in an attempt to conflate congestion pricing and “quality of life” crimes. In another tweet from April, the SBA declared that “Ferguson Missouri was a lie.”

According to Anne Oredeko of The Legal Aid Society, Mullins racism is “no secret.”

“SBA members should question why someone like that has been selected to represent them and what that says about their organization and the values that their members hold,” she told Gothamist.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:55 PM

She's tied to white supremacy because of course she is.

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The Confederate flag represents Southern culture, Anna Robb said.

In an interview with the News-Leader on Monday, she said the flag represents faith, family and freedom — not slavery, racism or white supremacy.

On Thursday, the News-Leader was alerted by readers that Robb’s husband Nathan, co-owner of the store, once tried to adopt a highway in Arkansas on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan, and that Nathan Robb’s father is Thomas Robb, the national director of the KKK.

Taney County Assessor’s records show Anna and Nathan Robb own Dixie Outfitters in Branson, a franchise store that sells Confederate flag merchandise located at 1819 W. State Highway 76.

On Monday, Anna Robb spoke to the News-Leader about what she felt was the wrong impression many people have about the Confederate flag.

“It has nothing to do with slavery, which the media always want to bring in,” she had said, staunchly defending the Confederate symbol.

Anna Robb was asked her thoughts by the News-Leader as national debate grew over the meaning of the Confederate flag. The controversy emerged earlier this month after the world learned about the strident racism of 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who was charged with gunning down nine people attending a bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. A photo on his website showed him casually resting a small Confederate flag onto his shoulder.

Anna Robb said she and her husband have not spoken to Thomas Robb in years. She denied that she or her husband were ever a part of the KKK, but did say she had attended KKK events in the past.

“I have years ago,” she said. “That was years ago, and that is not even something that comes up anymore.”

“It has nothing to do with me, the store or this issue at hand,” Anna Robb added.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:37 PM

Funny, I thought the real American flag was a symbol of freedom.





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