This is the fifth installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences.
A new article published in the American Sociological Review, “Educational Segregation, Tea Party Organizations, and the Battles over Distributive Justice,” should be read by anyone actually interested in mounting an opposition to the Tea Party movement.
On June 26, 2014, the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the NAACP held a special event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Leonard Zeskind was one of two speakers, and his discussed the significance of the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman by white supremacists at the outset of the summer.
On June 24, 2014, IREHR president Leonard Zeskind spoke to 200 people attending his session on white supremacists in Kansas and Missouri. The event was held at the Jewish Community Campus and was sponsored by the Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau-American Jewish Committee. The forum was organized in the wake of three murders, allegedly committed in April by long-time national socialist Glenn Miller.
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.
Data on Tea Party nativism by IREHR was included in the August 4, 2014 Brookings Institution article “The (Real) Reason Why the House Won't Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform” by University of Washington political scientist, Chris Parker, co-author of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America.
Once the source of strength for the Tea Party Patriots, the number of local affiliated groups has plummeted by nearly 90 percent according to new research by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR).