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January 16, 2003
Home Grown Terrorism

I was wondering why news reports kept insisting on referring to a "white supremacist" who solicited the murder of a judge, so I googled around and found the rest of the story.

I'm embarrassed by how often I make the same mistake a lot of largely-complacent middle-class Americans make. I assume that because any hate I feel is directed at types of crimes and not color of skin, that the majority of the country agrees with me. I assume that we're well on our way to equality and tolerance for all.

And then I see something that shows me how wrong I am.

Hate has some kind of parthenogenic breeding process that I've never appreciated before. It's like an addiction. People get used to hating and pretty soon they feel they have to escalate, add new groups to their hate lists.

He's a scary, little man

When I started looking for information on these sad and frightening groups, one of the first news links I found led me here. Why was I not surprised to find myself staring at Horowitz's FrontPage magazine?

Charles F. Wickwire, the lacky who wrote this article, tries hard, very hard, to find some intolerance on the Southern Poverty Law Center's site tolerance.org. The job of writing this article must have been forced upon him. I can't think of any other reason he would have gone ahead with a topic upon which he was able to muster only one feeble gush of unconvincing outrage.

Tolerance.org states the following definition for Black Separatists:

"Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions -- or even a separate nation -- for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks -- not Jews -- are the Biblical ‘chosen people' of God."
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"Although the Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes that much black racism in America is, at least in part, a response to centuries of white racism, it believes racism must be exposed in all its forms. White groups espousing beliefs similar to Black Separatists would be considered clearly racist. The same criterion should be applied to all groups regardless of their color."

Wickwire:

So, the SPLC must consider Black Separatist to be Racist even though it is just a response to centuries of white racism. They sound almost upset to have to place these Separatist in the same category as White Segregationist. Other categories include the Klan, Neo-Nazi, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity and Neo Confederate, but none of them receive any apologetic remarks.

I think I'll just let that stand on its own. I almost feel sorry for him, having had to try and compose a hate-screed on such a topic.

Domain-related hatred

Hmmm…what else are the hate-mongers up to? The NAAWP (National Association for the Advancement of White People) is buying domain names.

To be specific, they're buying domains with other people's names, like those of Florida politicians, and linking the sites back to their own, hate-filled site. (Why is it always Florida or Texas any more?)

The article says they suspect it might be a sort of blackmail to force prominent people to buy all of the domains of their own names, but it looks to me to be a lot more like trying to smear some innocent people with the bush brush of racism.


Walking a fine line

Where does protecting yourself and your family take precedence over the law? Especially in the face of a potential, but not imminent threat?

After all, who really could really blame a bunch of small-town people, Chris Simcox and his neighbors, who form a sort of unofficial milita to protect themselves against illegal border crossers who are smuggling drugs and/or people?

And, by all accounts, his "Civil Homeland Defense" group isn't breaking any laws. They're not running around armed with assault weapons or anything.

Sadly, there are other amateur border patrol groups who aren't quite as innocuous, groups such as Ranch Rescue and the American Border Patrol. If you keep reading, you stumble across the name Glenn Spencer associated with the American Border Patrol. If you've ever heard of this man or read about him, his name connected with any group should send up warning signals. Check the net and you'll find a man with scary associations and an inexpicable but very real hatred for Mexicans.

Still, to return to the most telling point in the Washington Post article, let's contemplate how it ends. (I've added some emphasis.)

"In Tombstone, a touristville of square, weathered clapboard buildings, many residents have opposed Simcox's group. They say it makes the contented town seem paranoid and anti-immigrant. But Simcox said his critics have simply failed to see the patriotism of his call. "We're doing what President George W. Bush has told us to do," he said. "We're volunteering to help protect our country.""

And I'm sitting here thinking, okay, so that's what the Bushleaguer meant by "outsourcing some government functions"?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:19 PM


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