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.
At dinnertime on Thursday, August 28, 2014, 17 year-old Lennon Lacy weighed 195 pounds on a 5’11” frame. He could press 200 pounds at the gym, or his older brother over his head. He worked out every day, was in good physical condition, had wrestled previously and aimed at playing linebacker for the Bladenboro, North Carolina high school football team. On Friday morning, he was dead—found hanging from a swing set blocks from home.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has admitted that he delivered a speech to a so-called "white rights" conference in 2002, held by an organization known as EURO, headed by the neo-Nazi leader David Duke. Scalise has also insisted that he shares American society’s abhorrence of such “hate groups" -- and that he did not know what kind of group he was talking to. He is asking the public to believe that he did not notice any of the virulent racist and anti-Semitic talk by the Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and assorted white nationalists in attendance at this gathering.
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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2014
IREHR Condemns White Nationalist Scheduled to Speak at South Carolina Tea Party Convention
(Kansas City) The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) today expressed concern that a South Carolina white nationalist leader is scheduled to appear alongside members of Congress and prospective presidential candidates at an upcoming Tea Party convention.