The Southern Poverty Law Center was one of the first media sources to reveal the close connection which Wade Michael Page, the alleged killer of six innocent people at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, maintained with white supremacist hate groups. The SPLC now reports that the racist radical right has "erupted" with an outpouring of sympathy, not for the South Asian victims, but for their skinhead "brother", Page himself.
The SPLC quoted one of the most vicious of all the comments, by Alex Linder, who operates the racist website Vanguard News Network, as follows:
"You don't belong here in the country my ancestors fought to found, and deeded to me and mine, their posterity. Even if you came here legally, and even if you haven't done anything wrong personally. Go home, Sikhs. Go home to India where you belong. This is not your country. It belongs to white men."
Another white supremacist, Larry Loper, head of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Hammerskins, a violent skinhead group, announced on Facebook that "I could care less though for those injured and wounded other than Wade."
The SPLC has also reported that in 2011, there were more than a thousand active hate groups in America. Its website has a state by state breakdown. Even when there is no direct connection between any given hate group and any particular politician, how much of the white supremacist agenda is being carried out, inadvertently or otherwise, by Republican politicians who, in Pennsylvania and other states, are denying Latino and African-American US citizens the right to vote through discriminatory voter ID laws and other restrictions specifically tailored to keep racial minorities away from the polls?
And how much of this agenda of hate is the Democratic administration of President Obama aiding and abetting though its deportation quota of 400,000 per year, its "Secure Communities", and its immigration detention gulag? How "secure" did "Secure Communities" make the community of Oak Creek, Wisconsin?
And how much is the whites only ideology of these hate groups behind the immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama and other states which are trying to create a reign of terror in order to drive Latino and other minority immigrants (and US citizens) out entirely (unless they "self-deport", to quote Mitt Romney)?
Who really speaks for America on immigration? The voices of reason and tolerance coming from Latino and other pro-immigrant groups? Or the voices of Alex Linder, Larry Loper and the Hammerskins?
Are not the DREAMERS, though neither born in America nor possessing legal status here, the real Americans - more than Sheriff Joe Arpaio, more than Kris Kobach, more than the state governors who have signed anti-immigrant hate laws such as Arizona's Jan Brewer and South Carolina's Nikki Haley (ironically, of Sikh parentage herself)?
The greatest tribute to the Oak Creek victims would be for both parties to join in putting an end to the culture of hate by enacting genuine immigration reform. How many more Oak Creek massacres will there be before this happens?
Aug 07, 2012