Number of hate groups in America reaches new high


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❝ The number of hate groups in the United States has surged to an all-time high, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with numbers rising for the fourth year in a row.

The SPLC’s annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, released Wednesday, recorded 1,020 hate groups in the United States in 2018. That figure includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and anti-government extremists, and represents a rise of seven percent from 2017…

❝ “The midterms tended to validate hate groups’ fears for the future. Even more angering to hate groups were the dozens of women…elected to the new U.S. Congress, including two Muslims,” the report read. “For white supremacists, these newly elected officials symbolize the country’s changing demographics — the future that white supremacists loathe and fear.”

❝ The SPLC’s concerns are backed up by another report on far right violence released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in January. According to that report, almost every extremist-related murder committed in the United States in 2018 was carried out by an individual who was either directly linked or affiliated with the far right. In the lone exception, the perpetrator was affiliated with the far right before switching over to Islamic extremism just prior to carrying out a murder.

RTFA, folks. Life in these United States is rooted in the fear of death and terrorism committed by Americans who think they’re more American than anyone else. And they’ll kill to prove it.

Fox — the channel for timorous white folks


Wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie, O what a panic’s in thy breastie!

❝ It wasn’t so much a dog whistle as it was an airhorn. Or perhaps a primal scream. But whatever it was, Laura Ingraham’s forceful denunciation of “massive demographic changes” served as another raw example of a Fox News host echoing white nationalist language.

Perhaps it was a glimpse into President Donald Trump’s well of support, too.

❝ The Fox News audience is almost 100% white, according to Nielsen. And on the channel’s highest-rated shows, the politics of white anxiety play out practically every day, as hosts and guests warn about the impacts of immigration and minimize or mock the perspectives of people of color

“The America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said Wednesday night. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Ingraham said “this is related to both illegal and legal immigration.”

Nixon’s Southern Strategy has come home. Another president who – no doubt – also deserves to be impeached has taken up the racist cudgel. The Fake President marches on in his campaign to squash democratic opportunity. His Republican allies in Congress, whether through cowardice or shared racist conviction, march proudly at his side.

Folks ignorant enough to believe “It can’t happen here” had better get off their rusty-dusties – because once the Klan-types are through with reinstalling racist officialdom they’ll be coming for anyone who isn’t wholly subservient to their version of law.

Supreme Court decides legislators are always innocent of racism


Justice Alito thinks this is a normal equal opportunity voting district
[Texas Republicans spell about as well as they honor the Constitution]

❝ The Supreme Court held on Monday that white lawmakers enjoy a presumption of racial innocence, even when they draw legislative districts that empower white voters at the expense of racial minorities.

The thrust of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Abbott v. Perez is that the “good faith” of a “state legislature must be presumed,” even when there are very serious allegations of racial gerrymandering. The facts of Perez are unusual and unlikely to repeat in the future, but Alito’s presumption of white racial innocence could have a significant impact on future cases…

❝ …Alito’s conclusion is that the 2013 (Texas voting district) maps weren’t enacted to preserve a racial gerrymander; they were enacted to shut down litigation challenging a racial gerrymander. And, somehow, this distinction matters.

Sophistry is only nitpicking as far as racist politics is concerned. There are few discussions and decisions more charged with politics than an unencumbered right to vote. Unencumbered rejects racism and bigotry in most folks’ view of the American Constitution as it stands. Especially considering the Voting Rights Act.