In St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, an international mélange of Holocaust deniers, Hitler apologists, white nationalists and Russian ultra-nationalist met in March at the Holiday Inn. They pressed the case for Russian opposition to American foreign policy and American multi-racial democracy, they supported the rebels in the eastern reaches of the Ukraine, and they opposed the European Union. Jared Taylor from American Renaissance was the fourth speaker up. Notably, he said things from that Russian platform that he has not quite said from any American dais. As such, this Russian event may signal some changes among American white nationalists.
The fourth annual South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention warred on the Constitution, and resurrected the patently false notions that President Obama is not a natural born American. Held at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach on January 17-19, the event also displayed an abundant supply of Christian nationalism, racism, anti-immigrant bigotry and Islamophobia. It also drew more than its fair share of Republican politicians. More than a gateway to the 2016 presidential primaries, however, the convention served as a preview of Tea Party activism of the future—warts and all.
In December, IREHR sounded the alarm when we found that a white nationalist was scheduled to share the stage with members of Congress at the upcoming South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention. Quietly, without comment or apology, the group scrubbed the white nationalist from their convention schedule.
Despite the removal of one white nationalist, the newly published convention agenda still contains a sizable cast of racists and bigots scheduled to share the stage with members of Congress and aspiring presidential candidates. Given who the organizers have invited to speak, this event has the potential to become even more racially explosive than last year’s tumultuous CPAC convention.
After an Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights expose that was picked up by the popular website Raw Story, South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention organizers hastily removed all references to white nationalist leader, Roan Garcia-Quintana, from the coalition’s website.
A South Carolina white nationalist leader is scheduled to appear alongside Tea Party leaders, members of Congress, and prospective presidential candidates at a Tea Party convention in January, according to new research by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR).
Roan Garcia-Quintana, a national board member of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens, is scheduled to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on January 17-19 in Myrtle Beach. In fact, Garcia-Quintana is listed first on the convention’s “Speaker Bios” page, above many more well-known presenters.
The Ferguson rebellion is now the sharpest and most volatile domestic racial battle of the year, during a period of conflict and political polarization at home and wars abroad. Given the intensity of this fight, it is noteworthy that white nationalists have had so little to say, and even less influence to display.
The “European right-wing comes of age,” triumphantly declared one of the largest white nationalist groups in the United States, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), after an announcement of the results of the 2014 European elections.
Like the Council of Conservative Citizens, many on the American far right, from the Tea Party to hardened white nationalists, paid close attention to the European results. Looking at these votes for nationalist, anti-immigrant, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-European Union political parties—the American hard right saw hope for the future here at home.
On Saturday, January 17, 1987, about 100 white-sheeted Klansmen and uniformed Aryan Nations members marched through Pulaski, Tennessee in opposition to the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. They came to Pulaski because it was the birthplace of the Klan in 1866, after the Civil War. A different Klan organization gathered its members that same day in opposition to the holiday in Summerville, South Carolina.
That same day, in Forsyth County, Georgia a crowd of about 400 North Georgia whites had gathered under the leadership of two Klan groups, the Invisible Empire KKK and the Southern White Knights. They aimed to prevent a “Brotherhood March” by a smaller group of local working class whites who had teamed up black civil rights advocates from Atlanta. As soon as all the would-be marchers got off their bus, the racist mob attacked them with bottles, rocks, racist slurs and other forms of shrapnel and drove them back into the bus, their march uncompleted.
Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement
Part One: The Tea Party in 2013
During the month of January 2014, IREHR will publish a multi-segment special report on the current status of the Tea Party movement. We will track the membership of the principal organizations in the movement—a task undertaken by no organization or agency other than IREHR. We will look at geographic regions where this membership is concentrated. And we will look at some of the money that keeps this movement in the public eye. In the piece below, we follow the Tea Parties over the course of 2013.