Racism, anti-Semitism and homophobic bigotry are present to some degree in most every social club, neighborhood association and political party in the United States. It is a fact of life that bigots are everywhere, even when they do not know they are bigots. Someone somewhere will undoubtedly use the term “Jew me down” to describe price haggling, even when they have never met a Jewish person and are not really aware of what they are saying. Just as there will be someone who will say that so-and-so “gyped me,” to describe getting cheated, unaware that the term demonizes the Roma people, who are often known as Gypsies. Then there are racists like the Oklahoma SAE fraternity members who sang a racist, insulting song. In this society, at this point in time, some of such behavior is called out and the perpetrators apologize, and they are often punished like the SAE members ejected from school.
Not in the Republican Party of Missouri, however.
In another deadly shooting spree, this time in Mesa, Arizona, one person is dead and five others have been wounded in multiple locations. After an extensive manhunt, a man with purported ties to white nationalist groups was arrested by law enforcement. After being hit with a stun gun, he was taken away from the scene in a white biological hazard suit.
As the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gets set to kick off tomorrow just outside of Washington DC, the event is already mired in yet another controversy over white nationalism.
ProEnglish, the white nationalist-led English-only outfit that created serious headaches for the conference in the past, is once again being allowed to be an official exhibitor at CPAC 2015 when the doors open tomorrow. On top of that, another white nationalist outfit has come to town to try and influence the CPAC conversation.
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.