Arizona’s pro-SB 1070, anti-immigrant rally on Saturday, June 5 was a big flop. Not only was it poorly attended, but the organizers’ attempts to wipe their hands of racist allegations and appear mainstream failed miserably.
The rally kicked off at 2:30pm with a motorcycle procession led by White Boy Society. According to White Boy Society’s website it believes “that if the white race is to survive we must separate and rule over our own destiny.”
Only white males (non-Jewish males of wholly European ancestry to be exact) who accept as their own the goals of the White Boy Society are eligible to join. In the picture below White Boy Society members can be seen as they hung out next to the stage throughout the rally.
Despite the openly white separatist procession, the “Phoenix Rising In support of Arizona and the Rule of Law” rally organizers thought providing some diversity would legitimize the event.
But having Ted Hayes and Col Rodriguez speak on behalf of communities of color just doesn’t cut it. Ted Hayes is the former spokesperson for the now defunct Choose Black America, an anti-immigrant front group founded and supported by the Tanton Network that pretends to advocate on behalf of African-American communities.
Col Rodriguez is a member of You Don’t Speak for Me, a Hispanic anti-immigrant front group founded by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Ira Mehlman, a FAIR representative, is currently listed as the spokesperson on You Don’t Speak for Me’s website. This footage from the rally speaks for itself:
You can find the long list of speakers on the website Phoenixrally.com. Speakers included Rosemary Jenks from NumbersUSA, former congressman Tom Tancredo (member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus), Russell Pearce, Barbara Coe, Joe Arpaio, minutemen representatives and a long list of population control and anti-immigrant leaders with close ties to white nationalism.
But even in Arizona, the home of SB 1070, anti-immigrant organizers could barely attract 2,000 supporters of racist Senate Bill 1070. That is disastrous compared to the tens of thousands who rallied in opposition to the bill a week prior.
Turns out the rally’s message of hate clearly reflected the white nationalist agenda of its organizers from the anti-immigrant movement. And that message doesn’t resonate with Americans.