Minutemen, not racist
This is a recent Minutemen rally. And yes,
that's a Nazi flag there, third from the right.
Note the loser giving the Hitler salute as well.
But they aren't racists.
The Swaztikas, American and
German, perfect together
David Newiert makes the following point
Minutemen: A home for extremists
Monday, August 08, 2005
Well, I've been saying all along that the Minutemen's core demographic is constituted of right-wing extremists, including many outright racists.
At a recent anti-immigrant rally in Laguna Beach, the connection was made explicit.
The rally was held July 30. It apparently was a follow-up of sorts to a similar rally held in the same locale on July 16, in which a local anti-immigration activist decided to protest a local arts festival's financial support for a day labor center for undocument workers. This rally drew the participation of the Save Our State campaign (an ostensibly mainstream anti-immigration organization) and the Minutemen's Jim Gilchrist. It also drew a contingent of neo-Nazis.
A Live Journal account gives a quick overview of what occurred:
Save Our State and founder of the Minutman project Jim Gilchrist organized the protest at the Day Labor Center to oppose the hiring of day laborers by city residents two weeks after some members of SOS attended an unofficial rally at the Laguna Beach Arts Festival. There they protested the event's contribution through rental space sale to city coffers, which in turn pays out $21,000 to the group that operates the Center. That original anti-immigrant protest organizer, known as OCAngel, has publicly disassociated herself from the Minutman Project/S.O.S. after neo-Nazis stood with S.O.S. members threatened her due to her Jewish background.
Another account can be found in this Indymedia post, which also provided the above photo.
Interestingly, an account of what happened from the other side can be found at the neo-Nazi Stormfront forum, where one of the participants described how the neo-Nazi flags appeared:
- The flags came out in the last few moments of the protest. The commies were chanting "Nazis Go Home" for hours on end non-stop, so I and everyone present on the street in the hot sun, facing hostile commies, browns, and who-knows-what greenlighted the flag idea. We will stand behind our decision.
If anyone wants to do it differently, come with us and tell us then and there.
Besides, this is America and if they can fly their commie flags, burn the US flag, fly their brown flag, we can fly anything we want.
Jeez, you would think that they wouldn't care that a Jew was as racist as they were, but Nazis are like roaches in a Manhattan apartment, they pop up whenever they can, and this is like stagnant water and open food for them.
And this cartoon by August Pollock makes a similar point:
posted by Steve @ 9:03:00 AM