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White Nationalists Tied to Tea Parties


Jill Garvey • Apr 14, 2009

It’s no secret that Conservatives have a hard time keeping racism out of their ranks (i.e. airwaves), and now such bigoted strains seems to have sprouted within their grassroots-movements.

The whole tea party thing is being organized by Conservative corporate lobbyists Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. If that wasn’t hard enough for hardcore Conservative activists to swallow, they are really going to hate showing up at rallies only to rub elbows with white nationalists.

Kris Kobach got the party started in Kansas on April 4th when he hosted a joint tea party/anti-immigrant rally with Billy Gilchrist, Topeka chapter leader of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

In 2004 Kansas Republican leader Timothy Burger wrote in response to Kobach’s failed congressional run that “It doesn’t help matters that Kobach was hired by FAIR [Federation for American Immigration Reform], widely perceived as a racist anti-immigrant group during the campaign.” But that stinging accusation hasn’t stopped Kobach from working for the John Tanton network ever since, or from dipping his tainted toes into anything that smells ripe for manipulation and/or publicity.

ALI-PAC, a North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, is shaping up to be the biggest tea party cheerleader of all.

ALI-PAC has formed a coalition with twenty-five other anti-immigrant groups, a good number of whom are part of the John Tanton Network, in order to support tea party events. ALI-PAC was born in response to a local Los Angeles billboard advertisement that showed LA crossed out with “Mexico” written over it–an unforgivable mistake big enough to launch a national organization. Obviously.

Ever since, ALI-PAC has been hobnobbing with vigilante Minutemen groups; therefore, party attendees shouldn’t be surprised if they are recruited for border patrol.

All of the aforementioned, though, is nothing compared to the recruiting being planned by neo-Nazis within Arizona’s tea parties. You know you’ve really lost control when your quirky libertarian actions are mined by the scary bald guys with swastika tattoos.

Stormfront, the hard-core white power website, is full of discussions about plans to attend tea parties all over the country. One Stormfront poster wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen, I think every WN [white nationalist] needs to not only attend the April 15th Tea Party nearest you (I’m going to the Alamo in San Antonio) but then stay involved and help provide leadership to this movement. I believe that this is the white revolution we’ve been waiting for.”

Uh, right. Let’s hope Fox News manages to televise that.

When we stop to think about the real message behind these tea parties — that these folks won’t ever allow a black president to represent white America — it’s not surprising that the scary white nationalists have joined the picnic.

Let’s be frank. These tax protests are code for “we’re scared out of our minds by a president who might actually work to represent black, brown, and poor people.”

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