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Klu Klux Klan, Nazis, and American White Supremacists

Here we track white supremacist groups in the US, with particular emphasis on their infiltration of law enforcement and the military. To what extent does this infiltration impact the numerous police murders that affect people of color out of proportion to their presence in the population? 


Are White Supremacists Infiltrating Law Enforcement?  12/18/2017 The Root: "You know 30 years ago, we were skinheads. We wore swastikas and shaved heads, and you could identify us pretty easily. So we decided at that time to grow our hair out, to trade in our boots for suits, and we encouraged people to get jobs in law enforcement, to go to the military and get training and to recruit there."

White Nationalist who Fantasized, Plotted Murder of Minorities Discovered to be Law Enforcement Leader  10/24/2017 DC Weekly: "A top law-enforcement official in Palm Beach County, Florida is coming under fire for allegedly being a white nationalist, fantasizing and plotting the death of black citizens or Jews. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger was exposed for his correspondence with other members of the now-defunct White Nationalist website Stormfront, whose members were linked to as many one hundred hate-crime deaths."

The Military Has a Serious White Nationalist Problem  10/24/2017 Splinter: "The Times found that nearly one in four survey respondents had witnessed concrete instances of white nationalism among fellow troops. Unsurprisingly, the number of “non-white” troops who witnessed such behavior was much higher, at around 42%. Among active-duty troops at large, however, homegrown white nationalism was ranked as a more pressing national security threat than Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, “U.S. protest movements,” and “civil disobedience.” "

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group's Campaign of Menace  10/19/2017 Alternet: "Michael German is a former FBI agent who during his career infiltrated a Nazi skinhead gang and militia organizations. German, now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, said he is worried that law enforcement doesn’t comprehend the threat posed by this latest iteration of the white supremacist movement. Police and federal agents, in his view, are “looking at this whole thing so narrowly, as two groups clashing at a protest.” In reality, German said, “it is organized criminal activity.”"

The KKK are in Police Departments Across the Country.  4/23/2017 Truth and Edutainment: "This video exposes even more proof of what is being allowed in the Police Forces across the nation. I've included MULTIPLE Links below that you should see as well! They all unravel the racist policing system used in this country!!"

Donald Trump and the Triumph of White Identity Politics  3/24/2017 Counterpunch: "Are our analysts and historians equally lazy? Will they mask the stench of racism, xenophobia and white supremacy behind wave after wave of sweet-smelling, but ultimately inauthentic, narratives of anti-neoliberal reaction and working class resurgence? Or will they instead write the real history of this moment, in all its complexity?"

Fighting Cops and the Klan: The History and Future of Black Antifascism  2/21/2017 Truth Out 

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement  1/31/2017 The Intercept 

Former Mayor of "Nazi City USA" Pushes Legislation to Defund Sanctuary Cities  1/12/2017 Truth Out: "Donald Trump offered Congressman Lou Barletta the post of secretary of labor in his new administration. Surprisingly, Barletta declined. The reason is now clear: Barletta will champion the cause of slashing funding to sanctuary cities in his next term, a cause that is near and dear to Trump's heart."

Fighting back against Donald Trump’s angry white voters  12/9/2016 Salon: by Bill Fletcher Jr. and Bob Wing - "That same left populism must challenge the racial differential that permeates all facets of society. Unity against neoliberal globalization will not come from ignoring race and gender disparities, but instead by working together to overcome them. This was the weakness of the Sanders campaign and many other populist and semi-populist initiatives."

The Right-Wing Movement That Swept Trump into Power Isn’t Just Breitbart and White Nationalists—It’s Way Worse  11/29/2016 Alternet: "The alt-right, on the other hand, is more concerned about concepts such as nation, race, civilization and culture. Spencer has worked hard to rebrand white nationalism as a legitimate political movement. Explicitly rejecting the notion of racial supremacy, Spencer calls for the creation of separate, racially exclusive homelands for white people."

Who Is Jeff Sessions? 12 Things You Need to Know About the Alabama Senator.  11/18/2016 Cosmopolitan: "He supported Trump when he claimed that voter fraud was the only way that Hillary Clinton could win in Pennsylvania. "Well, there's cheating in every election," Sessions said. According to Zachary Roth in his book The Great Suppression, "studies have found that people are more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter impersonation fraud.""

More Democrats Should Be Talking Like Harry Reid Right Now  11/11/2016 Slate: "Reports CNN, “Fears of heightened bigotry and hate crimes have turned into reality for some Americans after Donald Trump’s presidential win.” Fliers at Texas State University said that in the wake of Trump’s victory, it’s time “to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all this diversity garbage.” Social media is full of people describing Trump-inspired threats and attacks."

Blight Supremacists  9/27/2016 Snopes: "The warning was issued a decade ago, and its current applicability is questionable." [A conclusion without any supporting materials.]

Activists point fingers at police over suspicious death of Ferguson protester Darren Seals  9/8/2016 Russia Today: "yea 10 detectives pulled me and my 14 year old brother over, pointed guns on us, and told me "choose your enemies wisely""

Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car  9/8/2016 Guardian: "Several activists said that some of Seals’ criticisms of the national movement resonated with them. “We all kind of felt like we were kind of getting other people rich and getting other people fame for our oppression,” Masri said. “We were left here to suffer from the systemic abuse from the police. And, like, I don’t care about credit, as long as the job gets done. But the thing is, the job hasn’t got done.” The national movement’s current demands “are in a language that I don’t speak”, his friend and fellow activist Tory Russell said. “This movement jargon, this terminology, are not for working people. The movement is not geared towards working-class black people, and D Seals could always call that out.”

Who killed Ferguson activist Darren Seals?  9/7/2016 WaPo: "Heather De Mian, an activist and livestreamer who remains a mainstay at St. Louis-area demonstrations about policing and who on Tuesday night livestreamed from the vigil, said she was dismayed that, when she arrived on the scene various pieces of debris from the vehicle and what appeared to be shell casings had been left behind by police investigators. “The memorial is constructed on top of his car door, which the police just left there,” De Mian said. “You would think the car door would be important evidence, that there might be fingerprints, you know. The police just left it there.”

A Guide to the Alt-Right, Modern White Supremacists Bolstering Trump  8/28/2016 Alternet: “Immigration is a kind a proxy war—and maybe a last stand—for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile.”

Blue Lives Matter: Police Exceptionalism Leading America Toward Second Civil War  7/22/2016 Anti Media: "“The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” Gov. Bel Edwards proclaimed as he signed the nation’s first such bill into law. Perhaps Edwards should re-examine the definition of hate crimes and take a look at the blatant racism spewed by fans and administrators of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook page — consisting of officers past and present, as well as their ardent, unapologetic subservients — who stumble over one another in disturbingly graphic calls for violence against members of the peaceful Black Lives Matter movement."

Is Blue Lives Matter a Racist Hate Group?  7/20/2016 Alternet: "The pro-cop, Trump-linked movement’s main Facebook community is a cesspool of racist rants and violent threats."

Chants Encounter  7/18/2016 Snopes: "A perpetually recirculating video of Black Lives Matter protesters chanting for "dead cops" dates to December 2014 and is unrelated to BLM protest events occurring in July 2016."

A Sheriff Who Called Black Lives Matter ‘Black Slime’ Is Speaking at the Republican Convention  7/18/2016 Mother Jones: "He's referred to Black Lives Matter as "black slime" and "garbage," and he's called Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Trayvon Martin "goons," "criminal creep(s)," "criminals" and "co-conspirators in their own demise.""

Sorry Conservatives, New Research from Harvard Shows a Profound Amount of Racism by Police…Not Less of It  7/16/2016 Alternet: "Freyer’s research on police use of lethal force is not a definitive rebuttal or wholesale rejection of the racial disparities that exist in how America’s cops treat black people as compared to whites. For example, it does not disprove that the recent video recorded killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were driven by anti-black racism. Freyer’s conclusions, like other research of this type, speak to macro-level societal phenomenon and not every individual case. While many conservatives are crowing about Freyer’s finding that police may not, in fact, be more likely to use lethal force against black people, they are conveniently refusing to acknowledge how his work providesfurther evidence of anti-black bias (and casual, day-to-day brutality) by the country’s cops."

This Missouri Police Chief Completely Steals The Show at CNN’s Town Hall With a Blistering Reminder of KKK’s Role in Law Enforcement  7/14/2016 Atlanta Black Star: "Kinloch, Missouri police chief Col. K.L. Williams does not shy away from accusations claiming that the KKK has been infiltrating police departments around the country. “When you graduate from that police academy, I guarantee, that you will be indoctrinated in a philosophy that if you don’t tow the line you are going to have some problems,” says Williams. “If you think that racism and white supremacy is not involved in police departments, you better check yourself.”"

Actual white supremacist cops are hiding in plain sight  7/11/2016 Timeline: "Troublingly, the chief concern of the FBI report is that white supremacist infiltration may contribute to “investigative breaches and can jeopardize the safety of law enforcement sources and personnel.” In other words, the priorities are tactical, regarding how the agencies may be affected, rather than what the presence of white supremacist staff might mean for those being policed."

Ku Klux Klan Dreams of Rising Again 150 Years After Founding  6/30/2016 NBC Chicago: "In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, Klan leaders said they feel that U.S. politics are going their way, as a nationalist, us-against-them mentality deepens across the nation. Stopping or limiting immigration — a desire of the Klan dating back to the 1920s — is more of a cause than ever. And leaders say membership has gone up at the twilight of President Barack Obama's second term in office, though few would provide numbers."

Vernell Charles Bing Jr, 22  5/23/2016 EBWiki: "Neighborhood residents said gunfire erupted about 5:50 p.m. after a red Camaro convertible fleeing police collided with a squad car. The Camaro then crashed into the side of a building at East Ninth and Liberty streets. The Camaro driver was shot after he bailed out of the car and fled while limping, residents said."

What Is the Contemporary KKK?  3/3/2016 Slate: "What I learned is that “the KKK” no longer really exists, at least not as the monolithic group of vigilantes it once was. Today, it’s a collection of 30 or so independent groups made up of small local chapters that embrace the KKK “brand” and some of its traditions as a means of appearing more formidable than they are."

The KKK Has Infiltrated U.S. Police Departments for Decades  12/19/2015 Alternet: "The injustice of the drug war also falls most heavily on minorities. “More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities” and “two-thirds of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.” Clearly, the KKK has had success in establishing a culture within not only police departments but the entire “criminal justice system.” With departments like the LAPD continuing to pretend that racism does not motivate any of its officers, it will be difficult to know just how far the disease of white supremacy has spread into law enforcement."

Cold case justice: Inside the hunt for civil rights era killers  12/16/2015 Splinter News: "The urgency of their work, which they called the Cold Case Justice Initiative, has grown more acute as witnesses, relatives and suspects grow old and die, and as the church massacre in Charleston drew grim parallels to the worst atrocities committed decades ago by the Ku Klux Klan. In their telling, the police killings in Ferguson, North Charleston, Chicago and beyond have laid bare not only a continuum of violence that African-Americans have faced for generations, but a culture of impunity that has made justice so elusive."

It's time to admit police have a history of connections with the KKK  12/16/2015 Splinter News: "Larrissa Moore focused her research on police officers with ties to the KKK and found one of the group’s first orders was to infiltrate the police department—“because the laws don’t apply to them if they are the law,” she said. “If you think about the history with the police department, they were pretty much set up to continue white supremacy,” said Moore, who noted the first black law enforcement officials in Georgia were hired in the mid 1940s."

Police officer fired after photo of him at KKK rally in North Carolina surfaces  9/5/2015 Fox: "“The picture speaks for itself,” Mott said. “I’m standing at a rally against illegal immigration. There’s not much to be said about the picture. I’ve never denied it was me.” The photo was apparently taken at a Klan rally at an undisclosed location in North Carolina last summer. It was said to have been an anti-immigration rally."

City of Anniston Fires Police Officer For Membership In Hate Group  6/18/2015 SPLC: "The City of Anniston, Alabama, announced this afternoon that it will fire a city police officer following revelations about his membership with the white nationalist hate group League of the South (LOS) first published here at Hatewatch."

Once L.A. County Sheriff's Department star, Paul Tanaka now defined by scandal  5/14/2015 LA Times: "Tanaka rose quickly in the department, but not without controversy. As a sergeant, he was assigned in the 1980s to the Lynwood station, which was shadowed by allegations of excessive force. There, he was tattooed as a member of the Vikings, an unsanctioned group of hard-charging deputies. In 1988, Tanaka was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit after he and four deputies fatally shot an unarmed motorist -- a shooting that sparked angry protests. The county paid the dead man’s family almost $1 million to settle." [The Viking were KKK/Nazis.]

FBI's warning of white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement nearly forgotten  5/12/2015 The Griot: by Samuel V. Jones, a former military police captain and currently a professor of law focusing on criminal law at The John Marshall Law School.

Burge Victims Tell of Torture at Hands of 'New-Wave Klan'  4/14/2015 DNA Info: "Cannon compared his treatment to lynchings of African-Americans in the South at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, saying, "The new-wave Klan wore badges instead of sheets."

KKK membership sinks 2 Florida cops  7/14/2014 USA Today: "It the second time in five years that Klansmen have been found in the Fruitland Park Police Department. In 2009, Officer James Elkins resigned after photographs showed him in a white robe and pointy hood, and he later admitted he was a leader of the local KKK."

SPLC Report: Nearly 100 Murdered by Stormfront Users  4/17/2014 Southern Poverty: "Almost 100 people were murdered over the last five years by registered users of Stormfront, the largest racist Web forum in the world, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The forum in effect acts to nurture budding killers and give them moral support, the report says."

Cold Case: Rayville man implicated in Frank Morris case  1/12/2011 Concordia Sentinel, LA: "My dad said they could hear a stirring in the place, then a man came out," said Boo Spencer, 41. Boo Spencer said his father told him the man in the shoe shop -- Morris -- "was doused with gasoline and started to run." Then one of the Klansmen shouted, "Run, nigger, run."

Jeff Sessions's chequered past  5/5/2009 The Guardian: "As Lani Guinier lays out in her book Lift Every Voice, before 1965 there were "virtually no blacks registered to vote in the 10 western Black Belt counties of Albama". But by the 1980s that had started to change. Through the massive get-out-the-vote efforts of three leaders – including a former aid to Martin Luther King – black voter turnout began to creep toward 80%, and a handful of black legislators were elected. That's where Sessions stepped in, charging three voting rights organisers with voter fraud. All three were quickly acquitted. Sessions's choice to focus on their efforts looked a lot less like good governance and a lot more like voter intimidation."

Ghost Skins: the Fascist Path of Stealth  10/17/2006 FBI 

White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement  10/17/2006 FBI 

A few bad apples?  6/2/2006 Socialist Worker: "The chapter "Cops and Klan, Hand in Hand" describes the historic role police have played in upholding segregation and racism. The KKK generally operated with the full support of police, who were often members. In some instances, whole Klaverns were deputized to terrorize communities and thwart organizing, particularly attempts at Black-white unity and labor organization."

COINTELPRO: The Untold American Story  9/1/2001 Third World Traveler: "In May, 1961, as civil rights activists turned up the heat, the FBI passed information to the Klan about Freedom Rider buses on their way to Birmingham, Alabama. A police sergeant, Thomas Cook, attached to the Birmingham police intelligence branch was plied with reports by Bureau informants. A Klan member himself, Cook furnished this information to Robert Shelton's Alabama Knights and arranged several meetings to discuss "matters of interest." Cook supplied Klan leaders with the names of "inter-racial organizations," the location of meetings, and the membership lists of civil rights groups for circulation in Klan publications. FBI informant Gary Thomas Rowe wrote a confidential memo to the Birmingham Special Agent in Charge (SAC) stating that Cook had handed over inter-office intelligence memos on civil rights activists during a Klan meeting. Rowe insisted that Cook not only gave him relevant information that police had in their files, but urged Rowe to "help himself to any material he thought he would need for the Klan."

Boys in the Hoods  9/26/1996 Chicago Reader: "The Chicago-area Klan attracted highly motivated, professionally successful men, according to historian Kenneth T. Jackson. His seminal 1967 book, The Ku Klux Klan in the City 1915-1930, showed that nearly 61 percent of the membership held white-collar jobs. Using rare membership rolls, Jackson learned that businessmen accounted for 20 percent of the members. Salesmen came in second at 12 percent, and clerks placed third at 9 percent. The numbers were slightly different in outlying areas. In the Aurora area the most common occupations were dentists and salesmen, each at 9.6 percent, and businessmen and railroad workers, each at 8.2 percent."

Deputies in 'Neo-Nazi' Gang, Judge Found : Sheriff's Department: Many at Lynwood office have engaged in racially motivated violence against blacks and Latinos, jurist wrote.  10/12/1991 LA Times: "A federal judge has concluded that many Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at the Lynwood station routinely violate civil rights, are motivated by "racial hostility" and use "terrorist-type tactics" with the knowledge of their superiors. U. S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. issued the written finding this week in support of his Sept. 23 order that the Sheriff's Department abide by its own use-of-force policies. The order was temporarily blocked by the U. S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will decide whether Hatter has the power to supersede Sheriff Sherman Block's authority over the Lynwood station. In unusually strong language, Hatter found that a "neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang" of deputies--the Vikings--exists at the Lynwood station with the knowledge of department officials. "Policy makers" in the department, Hatter said, "tacitly authorize deputies' unconstitutional behavior.""

National Knights of the KKK  8/27/1965 FBI: "Through undercover police officer in KKK, Chicago Police Department learned that 8 policemen are reportedly KKK members."

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Prior to his position in the KKK, Roper was an Atlanta, Georgia police officer and the second Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. After leaving law enforcement, in 1949, Roper succeeded Samuel Green as Imperial Wizard of the KKK, and held that position until 1950.


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