Eric Ward: White nationalists hope to create a third alternative to the current US two party system

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The Republican Party is in disarray after its loss to Barack Obama, and on the sidelines white nationalists are skillfully preparing political attacks on the new American president.

Since the weeks leading up to the most significant elections ever to take place in the United States, federal law enforcement agencies, the media and human rights organizations have paid close attention to threats made against Presidential-Elect Barack Obama. Some of these threats have been made by individuals with ties to the neo-Nazi movement in the United States.

During the Democratic National Convention in August police in Denver, Colorado detained three individuals after a weapon, drugs and wigs were discovered in their possession. The individuals, eventually released, were described as white supremacists. Two months later two racist skinheads were arrested in Tennessee after law enforcement uncovered their plans to behead black Americans and assassinate Barack Obama.

According to the Chicago Tribune there have been at least 200 hate incidents directed at Obama and his supporters. Some of these incidents have included cross burnings. A tactic historically used by the Ku Klux Klan to intimidate blacks.

However it is beyond the graffiti, intimidation, and harassment that the far right is building its true power. With Republican leadership engaged in an internal power struggle to control the party apparatus, extremist factions within the party are seeking to strengthen their influence while more extreme external organizations hope that the current political vacuum will allow them to increase the influence of white nationalism in the American body politic.

While some factions like The Eagle’s Forum, The National Rifle Association, and Team America Political Action Committee have enter the politically charged minefield to control the Republican Party, other organizations like The Constitution Party, John Birch Society and the overtly anti-Semitic American Free Press hope that they will be able to create a third alternative to the current two party system. Regardless of the differences, what each faction shares is the belief that waging political attacks against President Obama will allow them to both undermine the incoming administration and grow their membership.

Political attacks on Obama began immediately after the last vote was cast. On December 1st and again on the 3rd a group called We the People Foundation ran full page ads in the Chicago Tribune questioning Obama’s citizenship. By law an American president is required to be born on U.S. territory and We the People Foundation (run by Robert Shultz) hoped to raise doubt regarding the right of Obama to be president. What the Chicago Tribune failed to point out when they ran the ads was that Shultz, a long time far right tax protester, bases his anti-tax theory on the belief that as a “free white sovereign male” he is not required to pay income tax. Shultz also argues that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is illegal.

This particular attack on Obama is part of a larger tendency within the American far right to dismantle the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Brought into law after the American Civil War, the 14th Amendment defined legal citizenship for those born in the United States. This was a major blow against white supremacy after the Civil War because it superseded race, religion and ethnicity as the basis of citizenship.

Under the guise of “controlling immigration”, the far right Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most influential anti-immigrant group in the United States, has stated publicly that one of its top goals for the next federal legislative session is to restrict the 14th Amendment. The Federation for American Immigration Reform was founded by John Tanton, a conservationist and retired ophthalmologist. FAIR has received 1.2 million dollars (U.S.) from the “racial science” foundation the Pioneer Fund. FAIR has many associations with political extremists including white nationalists.

Bob Dane the spokesperson for FAIR told the newspaper Sacramento Bee that “To deal with this tidal wave of human beings coming across the border, repealing the 14th Amendment would be an effective tool.” In reality, far from curbing immigration ending the 14th Amendment would effectively reverse major gains of the black civil rights and women’s rights.

While FAIR prepares to fuel bigotry by attacking immigrants and civil rights the National Rifle Association (NRA) has sought to sow fear and suspicion of a multi-racial democracy amongst whites by claiming that Obama has plans to pass laws that will allow the government to confiscate their guns. While these rumors are completely unfounded it has served to grow the ranks of the NRA. It has also vastly increased the sale of guns and ammunition since the election in the neighborhoods of white America where neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan organizations litter the streets with leaflets whispering of imminent “race war.”

Unsurprisingly hate violence is on the rise according to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The victims—Jewish, black, homosexual, and immigrant—are innocents in an environment created by white nationalists out to undermine the Obama presidency at any cost. A successful black presidency undercuts the bigoted arguments of white nationalists and affirms the possibility of a multiracial civil society—one where “the content of a person’s character means more than the color of their skin.”

30 thoughts on “Eric Ward: White nationalists hope to create a third alternative to the current US two party system

  1. rdupuy

    ” white nationalists are skillfully preparing political attacks ” and later “Some of these incidents have included cross burnings. A tactic historically used by the Ku Klux Klan”

    ah ha ah ha ha ha… Honestly this article was meant to drum up some fear, and through fear, perhaps generate some interest.

    But I question the judgemetn of anyone who characterizes the white supremacist movement as being skillful. Frankly, its not skillful.

    As a general characterization, I would call it lacking in skill.

    Now the NRA is a skillful group, but the author didn’t make it clear, how they made the leap from gun rights advocacy to white supremacy, since the concepts are unrelated.

  2. paulie cannoli Post author

    I think he was trying to paint a picture of racists stocking up on guns, and gun rights advocates using (usually hidden) fear-based racism to raise money – basically from racists who afraid the bad black president will disarm them and let marauding non-whites have their way with their women and children, or something like that.

    He shows little awareness – if he has any – of how gun control laws were introduced in America by the KKK and white supremacists.

  3. G.E.

    The racial dynamic cited above is unnecessary and irrelevant, but if you strip it out, the rest is pretty much true.

  4. chinese_conservative

    This is an obvious Obama propaganda. Implies that NRA, Eagle Forum, and the Constitution Party is a racist organization. Extremist yes but these organization are extremist in a sense that extermism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice.

  5. Ross Levin

    I’d say there are probably racists in all of them and there are definite racial slants to many of the things they do (for example, the CP’s stance on immigration).

  6. Sivarticus

    What the hell? This article seems like it’s trying to lump together the Birth Society, Constitution Party, and the groups that challenged Obama’s birth certificate under the same umbrella as racists. I’ve got an ugly feeling this is what we’ll have to look forward to for at least the next four years: opponents of Obama and the wider left being viciously lumped in with racists or labeled racist outright.

  7. G.E.

    I’d say there are probably racists in all of them

    There are racists in the LP, the GP, the Dems, and the Repugs, too… So what?

  8. Trent Hill

    “I’d say there are probably racists in all of them and there are definite racial slants to many of the things they do (for example, the CP’s stance on immigration).”

    There are openly “black nationalists” in the GP and Democratic party, White Supremacists in the Republican and Libertarian parties–etc. What is your point?

    Trying to lump the John Birch Society, We The People Foundation, and CP alltogether as racist organizations is ridiculously stupid.

  9. Trent Hill

    “Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most influential anti-immigrant group in the United States,”

    This is an unfair statement. Anti-immigration,yes. Anti-immigrant, I dont think thats fair. The organization has plenty of recent immigrants in its membership, probably to keep their edge as far as jobs go–kind of like how recently immigrated Irishmen might vote to keep blacks enslaved in hopes of keeping their jobs (as happened in 1830s-1890s)

  10. Sivarticus

    We must not let the left have its cake and eat it too. We must not turn a blind eye to the black nationalists and hyper LA RAZA illegal immigrants many leftist groups proudly harbor in their midst.

  11. Ross Levin

    I’m not saying black nationalists aren’t racist. There are racials slants to many of the things done by that wing of the GP, too. I mean, every one is a bit racist, even if it’s subconscious – we all have slight prejudices.

    Just look at where Cynthia McKinney is headed. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that her father is anti-Semitic.

  12. Trent Hill

    “I’m not saying black nationalists aren’t racist. There are racials slants to many of the things done by that wing of the GP, too. I mean, every one is a bit racist, even if it’s subconscious – we all have slight prejudices.”

    I hate to disagree. I dont think everyone is “subconsciously” racist. I have nothing against blacks as a collective, jews as a collective, asians as a collective, etc. I believe in individualism and statistics are they regard race. That is to say, I do believe that blacks commit more crimes, that asians score higher on standardized testing and are better at maths and sciences, that American-Indians are especially suseptible to alchohol, etc etc. None of these are racist statements, they’re observations with at least some level of truth. That they’re said by a white male does not make them racist.

  13. G.E.

    That is to say, I do believe that blacks commit more crimes, that asians score higher on standardized testing and are better at maths and sciences, that American-Indians are especially suseptible to alchohol, etc etc.

    RACIST!

  14. G.E.

    You are all letting the left (Greens, Dems) off the hook on their anti-black, patronizing racism. I’d say that’s much more evident than any “reverse” racism on their part. Call it “inverse racism.”

  15. Trent Hill

    GE,

    No im not–Im quite aware of it. Affirmative Action, welfare, etc—these are all programs meant to “help the poor black man that cant help himself.”

  16. Libertarian Joseph

    Anyway, sorry for the name calling, I saw that you responded to me on another thread.

    But I don’t think there is a white supremacist LP member. Sounds like a contradiction

  17. Trent Hill

    I cant name any names—I know none personally. But I didnt know any outright racists in the CP either. I assure you there are some–perhaps the other LPers here will name them by name.

  18. Libertarian Joseph

    Well, I guess there could be some racist Libertarians. Probably not outright, but what of the right-libertarians that are hard on immigration? Yeah. but doubt there are any outright racists. I know, not all people hard on immigration are racist, just saying, some are.

  19. Trent Hill

    “but what of the right-libertarians that are hard on immigration?”

    I dont see why it has to be right-libertarians. Left-libertarians are just as capable of racism.

  20. Gene Trosper

    There have been racists/nationalists involved in the LP, but to my knowledge, none who have been in leadership positions.

    When I was chairman of the Riverside County Libertarian Party here in California, I dealt with quite a few racist wackjobs. Interestingly, they all identified with the patriot movement as well. Luckily, the vast majority of people I have dealt with were sane and rational (at least in terms of race!).

    Another story: back in 1994, the Libertarian Party of California held it’s state convention in Los Angeles near LAX airport. One of the vendors in attendance was associated with the Liberty Lobby and selling copies of it’s anti-semetic/extreme nationalist newspaper “The Spotlight”, among other piece of literature. Willis Carto, founder of the Liberty Lobby, was in favor of repatriating blacks back to Africa.

    Needless to say, some of us were very taken aback at the presence of such a vendor. Some of us spoke with Cullene Lang (convention organizer) and she saw absolutely no problem with this vendor being present. David Nolan called for a suspension of the rules to deal with this matter and eventually, some of us organized and moved the venor and his table to the farthest end of the vending area. You can read more of it in the minutes of the 1994 convention here (page 3) http://marketliberal.org/LPCA/Conventions/LPC_convention_minutes_1994.pdf

  21. -

    It is wrong to bring the NRA in this. Their not racist and they are right, Obama, like Clition before him, wants to steal the citizns guns.

    GUNS SAVE LIVES

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