Tag: White Supremacy

Religion and the Radical Right

In her 25 April 2013 article Press Sanitizes or Ignores Howard Phillips’ Role in Using Religion to Radicalize the Political Right, Rachel Tabachnick at Talk to Action notes the key was uniting Free Market Christians with the white supremacists in the Constitution Party and the Christian Reconstructionists now behind Ron Paul initiatives through The Conservative Caucus. The New York Times article on Phillips, says Tabachnick, makes no mention of his party’s mission “to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations.”

“Like former Rep. Ron Paul, with whom he worked closely for many years,” says Tabachnick, “Phillips was at the nexus of the free market gospel and authoritarian Christianity, using biblical inerrancy as the justification for both social and economic policy. The redefining of libertarianism and ‘religious liberty’ as part of a theocratic agenda,” she says, “is a driving force behind the radicalization of today’s political Right and its ‘Constitutional Conservatism’.”

As quoted by Tabachnick, author Sarah Diamond wrote in 1991, “Howard Phillips correctly sees third party building as a long-term proposition, and he’s banking on the kind of economic downturns that will give his message greater resonance. ‘My hope is that there are circumstances in which people are so upset at the way things are going that without even necessarily knowing or buying into all of the things that we advocate or believe, they will support us in protest against the things they disapprove’.”

INSiGHT Journal, FALL 2016

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Christian Identity

Americans are amazingly tolerant of diverse religious beliefs. Religious con men, charlatans, self-appointed messiahs, frauds, thieves, bigots, crack-pots and cranks have flourished in America as nowhere else.

One such religion is Christian Identity. Incorporated in Los Angeles in 1948, Wesley Swift’s Church of Jesus Christ Christian was initially a racist sect which became Christian Identity. The central belief in Identity doctrine is the existence of two races on earth: a godly white race descended from Adam and a satanic race fathered by Satan.

In 1970, Swift died, and Richard Butler assumed control and moved the church to Idaho, where he renamed it Aryan Nations — Church of Jesus Christ Christian.

The function of religion in the lives of these men was to provide a theological justification for their racism and anti-Semitism. Stated another way, racism and anti-Semitism were their religion. The Identity movement was the glue to hold together racist ideology in the United States, and is the inspiration for America’s present white supremacist movement.

Baldly stated, the white supremacist movement seeks to undermine federal authority and bring about the collapse of the United States of America. The destruction of federal power is the prerequisite to establishing a new racial nationalist state. It is highly unlikely that such a thing is within the means of the small number of militant racists, but it is certain that they will continue to use all means at their disposal to pursue that unrealistic goal.

— Paul de Armond

Promoting Interracial Discord

Promoting Interracial Discord

By Jay Taber

 

For readers who might wonder why I make a big deal of “the appalling disrespect of Pacific International Terminals and BNSF Railroad toward the citizens of Whatcom County and Lummi Nation over the last five years, as well as the reprehensible behavior of Gateway Pacific Terminal spokesman Craig Cole” in my op-ed at Cascadia Weekly (Apr. 13, 2016 issue), the short answer is my twenty years of experience dealing with violent white supremacy instigated by industrial developers, a.k.a. Wise Use terrorism.

 

While some might think that “the sinister desecration of the sacred Lummi burial ground at Cherry Point in the dark of night” or “the lavish funding of Tea Party-led PACs run by KGMI hate radio hosts” or “the repeated corruption of elections year after year through money-laundering with the Republican Party” or “the intimidation and libeling of journalists that exposed their ongoing nefarious deeds” or “promoting interracial discord and anti-Indian resentment” is no big deal, allow me to explain why I think it is.

 

As you can read in my comment on a March 12, 2016 news story at Northwest Citizen, Sandra Robson, a former correspondent to Whatcom Watch, was recently named the Paul de Armond Citizen Journalist of the year for outing Pacific International Terminals and BNSF Railroad, who financed a CERA-promoting, Tea Party led-PAC to attack Lummi Nation for its opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal-export facility. CERA, for those unfamiliar with the acronym, is Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”.

 

Paul de Armond, former Public Good Project research director (who passed away in 2013), in the 1990s contributed to the apprehension of people engaged in violent intimidation of Indian treaty proponents and human rights activists. Seven of the white supremacist militia members Paul (and I) helped expose were, in 1997, convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle for manufacturing bombs and machine guns to commit murder.

 

The militias had been hosted in Whatcom County by Wise Use organizer Skip Richards, a paid agent of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. More recently, Mr. Richards and Minuteman militia member Tom Williams of Lynden were the organizers of the April 6, 2013 CERA anti-Indian conference in Bellingham, Washington.

 

In February 2014, Sandra Robson was threatened with a SLAPP suit by Gateway Pacific Terminal spokesman, Craig Cole, over her January 2014 Whatcom Watch cover story. In October 2015, Robson came back fighting with an IC Magazine feature story.

 

The full story of this injustice, perpetrated by some of the largest corporations in the United States, is told in my April 2016 Wrong Kind of Green special report.

Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and communications director at Public Good Project, Email: tbarj [at] yahoo.com Website:www.jaytaber.com

Anti-Indian Movement

The Anti-Indian Movement was first documented by Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) chair Rudolph C. Ryser. [1] “Like the closely related Wise Use Movement, the Anti-Indian Movement in the United States deploys malicious harassment and violent bigotry toward American Indian tribes in conflict with land developers, state and local governments, and fossil fuel exporters over such issues as tribal sovereignty, treaty fishing rights, taxation, and sacred site protection.” [2]

A conference – hosted by CWIS, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) and the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment (NCAMH) – facilitated a dialogue between public policy activists and Indian nations about how to jointly address the “portentous movements intent on promoting interracial discord and a growing politics of fear”.  Presenters at the conference included former National Congress of American Indians President Joe DeLaCruz (Quinault Nation), NCAMH executive director Bill Wassmuth, Western States Center organizer Tarso Ramos, Rudolph C. Ryser, and Public Good Project research director Paul deArmond. [3]

In 2000, Ken Toole observed that the public education system is doing a woefully inadequate job of providing information to students on Indian issues, resulting in citizens that are increasingly ignorant about treaty rights and tribal sovereignty—making them far more vulnerable to the politics of resentment offered up by the Anti-Indian Movement. [4]

In 2013, Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), “The Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”, initiated a nationwide campaign aimed at undermining tribal sovereignty. [5] Special reports by Charles Tanner Jr [6] and Jay Taber [7] exposed the April 6, 2013 CERA Northwest Round-Up Regional Educational Conference held to teach local officials and citizens how to take on tribal governments.

In 2014, Jay Taber examined the driving force of the Anti-Indian Movement—“located in Christian Identity doctrine, Christian Right resources and Christian Patriot practice”. [8]

In 2013, money-laundering by fossil fuel export developers in the Pacific Northwest into the hands of CERA-supporting, Tea Party-led PACs, financed Anti-Indian/Wise Use terrorism targeting Lummi Nation and ATNI tribal leaders opposing the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. [9]

Notes

  1. Ryser, Rudolph C. (1992), The Anti-Indian Movement on the Tribal Frontier , DayKeeper Press
  2. Public Good Project (2016), Anti-Indian Movement
  3. Center for World Indigenous Studies (1996), The Politics of Land & Bigotry
  4. Toole, Ken, (2000), Drumming Up Resentment: The Anti-Indian Movement in Montana, Montana Human Rights Network
  5. Hansen, Terri, Anti-Indian CERA Doesn’t Like the Law of the Land in United States, or Us, Apparently, Indian Country Today, March 28, 2014
  6. Tanner, Charles Jr (2013), “Take These Tribes Down” The Anti-Indian Movement Comes to Washington State, Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights
  7. Taber, Jay, Anti-Indian Conference, IC Magazine, April 10, 2013
  8. Taber, Jay, A Mandate from God: Christian White Supremacy in the US, IC Magazine, April 4, 2014
  9. Robson, Sandra, What Would Corporations Do? Native American Rights and the Gateway Pacific Terminal, Whatcom Watch, January 2014

 

External links

Zoltan Grossman, Treaty Rights and Responding to Anti-Indian Activity, Center for Democratic Renewal, 1992

Dave Lundgren, CERA: The Ku Klux Klan of Indian country, Indian Country Today, June 24, 2004

Dr. Dean Chavers, Around the Campfire: Indian Hate Groups, Native Times, November 1, 2011

Charles Tanner Jr, Tea Parties, Property Rights and Anti-Indianism in the Klamath River Basin, Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, 2012

Jay Taber, Railroading Racism: Warren Buffett vs Northwest Indians, IC Magazine, April 10, 2015

Jay Taber, Netwar at Cherry Point: White Power on the Salish Sea, Wrong Kind of Green, April 1, 2016

White Jesus

Andre E. Johnson, writing at Religion Dispatches, reminds us that “Jesus could not have been white”. Although most Christians in America grow up looking at images of Jesus as Scandinavian, the reality is that he was Palestinian.

So why don’t Bible-thumpers in Alabama have Jesus pictures on the wall that look like Yasser Arafat, whom I personally think looks kind of like Ringo Starr? Well, the short answer is that it doesn’t sit too well with white supremacists’ self-image of holier-than-thou antebellum notions of race.

Why the big deal? Well, as Johnson observes, White Jesus makes it possible for the devil to be Black.

Meanwhile, Hollywood and churches continue propagating the White Jesus myth.

Call it an identity crisis.

Red Skin, White Masks

Daniel Tseghay’s review of Red Skin, White Masks by Glen Sean Coulthard illuminates the fraud of reconciliation, characterized by the accommodation forced on Indigenous nations by modern states. This violent transformation of noncapitalist forms of life into capitalist ones, quotes Tseghay, is a structure, not an event.

Challenging the disingenuous politics of recognition — which includes transfer of land, delegation of self-determination, and economic development initiatives from the state to Indigenous communities — “do little more than reproduce the systems of power they claim to uproot.” Integrating Indigenous governments into the resource-exploitation economy, he notes, signifies the defeat of Indigenous peoples.

Symbols of reconciliation, says Tseghay, function as diversions from revolutionary change. Dismantling white supremacy and other aspects of ongoing settler state colonialism, he argues, requires organizing around the ethic of mutual aid, unencumbered by the urge towards hierarchies. Quoting Coulthard, “For Indigenous nations to live, capitalism must die.”