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The Rise of Racism With the Election of the First Black President by V. Lyn

Ku Klux Klan members and a burning cross, Denv...

Ku Klux Klan members and a burning cross, Denver, Colorado, 1921 Español: Miembros del Ku Klux Klan y una cruz en llamas.Denver, Colorado en 1921. Français: Membres du Ku Klux Klan devant une croix en flammes. Denver, Colorado, 1921. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified  over 1018 active hate groups in America in 2011 . In the last few years the Southern Poverty Law Cenetr has determined that “… been explosive growth in several sectors of the radical right, especially in the last few years, much of it driven by anger over the diminishing white majority (the Census Bureau has predicted that non-Hispanic whites will fall to less than 50% of the population by 2050) and the severe dislocations caused by a still-ailing economy.” Anti black, anti hispanic as well as anti muslim sentiments are being fueled by political right wing opportunist. Hatred is flourishing…

There are many examples of this hatred, from police and FBI anti Islamist training, to the manifest hatred of the president and black americans to the anti immigrants policies that are cropping up everywhere.

In a recent article in here is a n example of where we are headed as a nation if the RNC has its agenda achieved separate and not equal is their cry and Mitt Romney if elected will be a peg in that agenda.

Whites-only Christian gathering riles some Alabama neighbors


Flier for a Whites Only pastors conference put on by the Christian Identity Ministries.

By Kari Huus, msnbc.com

A three-day whites-only religious conference — which will conclude with a flaming cross — in Lamar County, Alabama, has some residents upset at the racist implications while the minister complains that his freedom of speech is being violated.

“Yes, we believe that the Europeans and their descendants are the chosen people of God,” according to the website for Christian Identity Ministries, which is holding the event with Church of God’s Chosen. “We believe this, not because we think that the white race is superior, but because there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief. We do not back down from this belief, because we are certain.”

Some local residents learned of the July 4-6 gathering after the group posted fliers promoting their fourth annual pastors conference, announcing “All White Christians Invited,” according to a report by WBRC in Birmingham.

“It was put up throughout the town in the middle of the night. (It was) when everyone was asleep without the permission of the business owner,” said Tyler Cantrell, manager of Norris Music in nearby Winfield, Ala., the report said.

According to the flier, the three-day conference, being held in a rural area, will end with a “Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony.”

“Business people are upset. The city is upset,” Winfield Mayor Wayne Silas told the TV station. “The city of Winfield does not condone this.”

Christian Identity Ministries founder Mel Lewis, who spoke to a reporter from WAFF TV of Huntsville, charged that the Winfield mayor was violating his flock’s right to free speech.

“The mayor ordered our fliers to be taken down,” he said. “When did they start religious censorship?”

“We are not breaking any laws. We’re not violating any ordinances. We’re bringing the Word of God to people who want it, obviously, or they wouldn’t be here,” said Lewis at the rural venue, decorated with Confederate flags and KKK banners.

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The cross-burning ceremony planned for Friday — reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan practice used to intimidate blacks — was especially troubling, said Hezekiah Jackson, president of the Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP.

“The only context that I’m familiar with is one that is not very positive. And one that really symbolizes an era that many of us have hoped to put behind us,” Jackson told WIAT TV of Birmingham. “And that is this whole era of Jim Crow, this whole era of white supremacy, this whole era of discrimination and racial hatred.”

Lewis said the “cross lighting” ceremony is a symbolic rite of purification that long predates the Klan’s inception, according to the report.

Some of the participants in the conference are Ku Klux Klan members, organizers said, though that was not a requirement.

“We don’t have the facilities to accommodate other races, and we have nothing, not one bit of animosity, no racism whatsoever,” Christian Identity Ministries Pastor William J. Collier told WIAT.


4 responses

  1. rkeefe57

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified over 1018 active hate groups in America in 2011”

    That number comes from the SPLC’s public relations chief, Mark Potok. It’s worth taking a closer look at his numbers.

    The “explosive growth” quote also comes from Mr. Potok, who has no legal or law enforcement background. Immediately following the election of President Obama in November, 2008, Potok predicted “explosive growth” in the number of “hate groups” due to a black president and the tanking economy.

    At the end of 2009, the first year of the Obama Administration and the worst year of the current recession, Mr. Potok added six new “hate groups” to his Hate Map™ fundraising tool, for an “explosive growth” of just over one half of one percent, the lowest increase in SPLC history.

    In 2010, Mr. Potok added 70 new “hate groups” to his map, but at the same time, the number of homeless “hate groups,” those Mr. Potok cannot locate on any map, including his own, jumped by 99, for a net loss of 2.9%.

    Mr. Potok is losing his “hate groups” faster than he can designate them.

    In 2011, Mr. Potok added 16 more “hate groups” to his map, for an “explosive growth” of 1.6%. Of the 1,018 groups designated by Mr. Potok, something even the FBI does not, cannot do, fully 247 of them are homeless. They simply float out there in limbo padding the numbers. Mr. Potok has no idea where they are, but trust him, they’re out there.

    That’s 25% of the total right off the top!

    A perfect example is the state of Georgia. Mr. Potok announced that he had added 20 chapters of something he calls “the Georgia Militia” to that state’s Hate Map™, but he can’t seem to find 18 of them. There are 18 blank slots with “Georgia Militia” next to them. THIS is hard data?

    See it for yourselves: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=GA

    In the final analysis, the number of “hate groups” designated by Mr. Potok actually dropped by nearly 1% between 2008 and 2011. More of a damp squib than an “explosive growth.”

    In March, 2011, Mark Potok made the astounding announcement that “The Klan of today is disintegrated, impotent and irrelevant. There is NO Klan today!” Not the kind of thing you’d expect to hear during an “explosive growth” in hate. One would think that the KKK would be one of the prime beneficiaries of such an alleged surge in demand.


    In October, 2011, Mr. Potok admitted on camera that his “hate group” numbers were “anecdotal,” “a very rough estimate” and “an imperfect process,” yet he feeds these numbers to the Media as though they were rock solid facts. You can see the video here:


    In the long run, it really doesn’t matter what numbers Mr. Potok pulls out of his imagination because no one in the Media is ever going to vet a single one of his claims. They merely regurgitate Mr. Potok’s fundraising propaganda as “fact” and the donors respond accordingly.

    The proof of this strategy is made evident by the fact that donors sent Mr. Potok more than $106,000 donor dollars a day, each and every day last year, based on his bogus numbers. That’s more than $4,400 tax free dollars an hour, on top of the tens of millions generated by the SPLC’s quarter-billion dollar “Endowment Fund.”


    Sadly, there really is a lot of hate in the world today. Too much hate, by far. But citing the fundraising propaganda of one of America’s most profitable “non-profits” is a poor way to document it.

    Donors should think twice when deciding where to send their precious donor dollars. A $100 check would match the SPLC’s current revenue stream for just under 80 seconds. What could a local food bank, Women’s shelter or free clinic do with that same check?

    July 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  2. Such a sick feeling in my stomach when I read and see this. Oh, it’s so horrible……. Why??? I just don’t understand why or how people can hate to intensely over the color of skin, hair and eyes.

    July 8, 2012 at 1:32 am

  3. The roots of racism run pretty deep in this country. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t also awesome, wonderful, fantastic, and totally terrific aspects to the United States, but it’s best for us to pay attention to the bad as well, and I’m glad for all the work that the Southern Poverty Law Center does.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

    • We need to be very vigilant. I also am grateful for the SPLC.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

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