So this isn't about race?
So this isn't about race, I guess they're just waving
Nutjobs add sinister side to debate
By Diane Carman
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Maybe it was just an over-the-top e-mail, a trash-talking empty threat. Then again, maybe not.
Scare tactics have become so common as the immigration debate rages, it's hard to know what to fear and what to dismiss as merely the ravings of the ignorant.
After Rep. Terrance Carroll joked that Colorado should build a wall to keep the Minutemen out, he received a barrage of angry e-mails from Minuteman supporters. But one anonymous message warning him that he was "SOOOO lucky lynching and firing squad for treason aren't available punishments anymore" was creepy enough to spur an investigation by the State Patrol last week.
Similarly, Denver's Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez regularly receives profane, hateful voice mails and e-mails from anti-immigrant activists. But a caller threatening to stalk him and his family went too far.
"We alerted the proper authorities," Gutierrez-Gonzalez said.
Protection was provided, but the effort to intimidate continues.
Sen. Ken Salazar's office notified the police when a white supremacist website rallied anti-immigrant activists to attack lawmakers who support any path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Among the tactics suggested: "Fire-bomb their district offices as a warning, then their private homes if they go ahead with the plan;" "park several Timothy McVeigh-type truck bombs next to the House and Senate office buildings and detonate them;" and "pull a fire alarm in the U.S. Capitol and machine gun them to death as they evacuate."
Neo-Nazi radio talk-show host Hal Turner posted this message on his website recently: "I advocate using extreme violence against illegal aliens. Clean your guns. Have plenty of ammunition. ... Go to the area well in advance, scope out several places to position yourself and then do what has to be done."
On the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network, one nutjob admitted to being sexually aroused by his delusions. "The bad news is many whites will die." But "if you have a good defense line and lots of ammo, the carnage will be orgasmic."
These sickos are so bad that Rep. Tom Tancredo, who has attracted support from a wide range of viewpoints for his proposals to deport all illegal immigrants, has tried to distance himself from them.
"Any time he gives a speech in a room where he has a suspicion people are there for the wrong reasons, he says the same thing," said spokesman Will Adams. "He says, 'If for you this debate has anything to do with skin color, country of origin or how a last name sounds, get out of the room. You don't help me."'
Tancredo calls them "racists and bigots who pose as patriots."
Still, the slurs and the threats keep coming, and many in the immigrant-rights movement wonder how long it will be before violence erupts.
"We really need to watch our backs," said Donna Lipinski, an immigration lawyer and activist. "We need to remember never to take anything for granted when we are speaking, traveling in rural communities or going anyplace alone.
Tancredo is full of shit. The White House came up with the plan to criminalize illegal immigration,he signed on, and he wasn't too shy in using racial code words to make his point., But the idiocy doesn't stop there.
Black Activists Join To March With Minutemen
(CBS) LOS ANGELES Several black activists plan to join members of the Minutemen Project to protest illegal immigration, which organizer Ted Hayes touted as the "biggest threat to blacks in America since slavery"
"While all Americans are suffering from this invasion, we blacks are suffering the most," Hayes said. "We feel like the leaders promoting this issue are being insensitive. This country wasn't built on the backs of immigrants like (Villaraigosa) says. It was built on the back of West African slaves."
Immigrant activist Nativo Lopez believes Hayes is out of step with most black leaders and that both blacks and Hispanics face the same problems.
"Unfortunately, (Hayes) thinks that way," Lopez said. "He has a right to express his opinion, but I don't agree with him. Many and most African American leaders think otherwise and we're appreciative of their support. I'm not interested in Latinos being pitted against African Americans," he said. "We are all in the same boat. We will pull ourselves up together."
"I've been down to the border with them. They're not racist," Hayes said. "They don't care what color you are."
Hayes is an idiot. He thinks he's better than Mexicans? Please. You don't help black people while working with racists and know nothings. So he shows up with five black guys. Maybe they'll give him a confederate flag to wave.
One of the founders quit because of the attraction of white supremacists.
Sure,the East was built on slavery, but California wasn't.
Besides, who does he think is gonna pick crops. We did that. The only thing he did by joining with these people is lose his credibility.
This has brought racists out like roaches into a lightand if Hayes wants to join them, that's fine.
posted by Steve @ 12:02:00 AM