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OP: Hate is just a click away – Western Herald

Many people justly hate racism; that some are willing to condemn an entire group of people because of their skin color goes against both common sense and common decency. People want to shut racists down, and keep them from talking or organizing public events. Why let such a vile belief be paraded around decent people? Better to quarantine the idea so it doesnt spread like a virus.

The problem with that approach is that it is impossible to censor even the most stomach churning idea. We live in a digital age, and there are few groups that have the power to legally police what is said on the internet. Censorship tools like parental controls and website blockers arent foolproof and are simple for a curious mind to get around. This happened to one of the most infamous mass shooters within recent history, Dylan Roof.

As the NPR reports, Roof wasnt radicalized by his family but by what he read online. It started with the Trayvon Martin case, which lead Roof to type in the phrase Black on White crime in Google search. The first website in the results, was the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization who claims there is long-standing epidemic of violent crimes perpetrated by black people against white people. This epidemic, the Council claims, has been covered up and ignored by news media and the police itself.

As unsavory as it may sound, racism is an issue that needs to be discussed openly and honestly with people. Refusing to talk about any subject with a curious young mind simply encourages them to find information elsewhere. Outsourcing the birds and the bees is bad enough, but allowing the internet to teach a young child about racism is like putting a pyromaniac in charge of the fireplace.

The internet allows communities to form, giving rise to outlets like the daily stormer and stormfront where the topic of race is presented from a clearly biased viewpoint. In forums like these, the concept of racial segregation is declared reasonable, interracial marriage is demonized, and different races are put on a hierarchy that goes from nearly-animal to human. Ideally, we would like to think people out of their teens would recognize these beliefs as hateful and ignorant, particularly if theyve been inoculated against these ideas. Children and teenagers whove been sheltered from the concept of racism have no defense. Combine this engineered ignorance with the deliberate cherry-picking, misinterpretation, and fabrication of information many advocates of racism employ, and anyones child can be lead into racism.

While not every reader will go the way of Roof, the tragic aftermath of the Charleston Church shooting shows the worst that can happen when someone new to a subject finds racist propaganda. Censorship and refusing to talk about certain subjects will never work again because of the internet. In modern times, refusing to discuss any issue with a curious young mind will just surrender formative moments to potentially biased, misinformed, or lying sources of information. If racism, anti-Semitism, or any similar beliefs are to end they need to be acknowledged and refuted by the most influential figures in a young persons life, not ignored.

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FAIR Digs Up 20 Year Old Video Series Borderline, An Anti-Immigrant TV Series That Gave Platforms to Numerous … – Southern Poverty Law Center

As previously reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, FAIR donated some of its archives to the Gelman Library at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In these public archives are videotapes of FAIRs entire Borderline series. The series featured some of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, including the now-deceased Sam Francis and Lawrence Auster as well as Peter Brimelow and Jared Taylor, two other white nationalists who are now seen as leaders in the rebranded Alt-Right movement.

The program, which opened with footage of immigrants running across the border or arriving in the U.S. in broken-down flotillas, featured racist commentary from guests and hosts alike.

On April 22, 1996, Borderline was hosted by then-FAIR Deputy Director K.C. McAlpin and featured Sam Francis, who had recently been fired from his job at The Washington Times for making racist comments, along with Peter Skerry of the Brookings Institution. Francis, in fact, has attracted scores to the white nationalist movement through his hundreds of essays for white nationalist outlets and speeches at racist conferences across the country. Before his death in 2005, he served as chief editor of Citizens Informer, the newsletter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the group Charleston shooter Dylann Roof cited in his manifesto as his gateway into white nationalism. The CCC has also called African Americans a retrograde species of humanity.

The topic of the day was, in McAlpins words, the relentless march against our border is it immigration or colonization? The question was purely rhetorical for McAlpin, who later in the show asserted that Mexico has been acting very much like a colonial power. Francis very much agreed. This is actually a process of political warfare, Francis opined. They encourage immigration to the North, get rid of who they dont want and create a political lobby in this country as a kind of political bludgeon against the United States. Skerry, who repeatedly disagreed with these sentiments, was frequently cut off.

In a segment devoted to ethnic separatists, McAlpin warned the audience that Mexicans want to take back the Southwest. This is a serious issue and serious threat, McAlpin said. This is not just a bunch of radicals and academics and intellectuals on campuses and if the population of the Southwest continues to change in this dramatic fashion, I think we do have a serious problem. Francis couldnt have agreed more, saying, I think that you are going to have more and more political and ethnic problems as this demographic shift occurs in the Southwest. Francis also said that Mexico was meddling in American affairs just as the Soviets and Nazis had in prior periods, using ideological and ethnic loyalties to manipulate a political force within our own government.

At other times, Borderline advanced ideas popular in white nationalist circles not surprising, given that white nationalists were often featured on the program. Particularly popular was the idea that immigrants are destroying American culture or displacing Western civilization with degenerate, Third World ways.

Lawrence Auster, a white nationalist who spoke in 1996 to a conference put on by the racist American Renaissance was on the show on April 1, 1996, making the argument that if the U.S. loses its white majority, it will be destroyed. The topic that day, according to host Dan Stein, was to take a politically incorrect look at American culture and Western Civilization. Stein added, America, love it or lose it. (In more recent years, Stein has repeatedly insisted that neither he nor FAIR have any preference for any one race or nationality or ethnic group.) Auster argued that because of an invasion, America is in the process of dissolving as a nation. Supposedly drawing on history, Auster warned that as demographic change occurs and the majority is threatened in its position the result could be civil war.

Austers particular concern that day was the loss of the historic European Anglo American culture. Stein certainly seemed to agree with his guests worries. How can we preserve America if it becomes 50% Latin American? he asked. Stein also said that Anglos were leaving Los Angeles because it had become a foreign country to them.

Auster died in 2013, but a website with his writings, Views From The Right remains as a repository for his work today.

Another prominent white nationalist who appeared on Borderline was naturalized English immigrant Peter Brimelow, who in 1999 would go on to found the anti-immigrant hate site VDARE.com and author of Alien Nation, a book that argued America should remain white-dominated.

In a discussion about Alien Nation on Aug. 5, 1996, Stein asked Brimelow whether Americas social and economic elites seem to be writing off the whole idea of the nation-state. He added: If they shift their loyalty from the nation-state, what are they loyal to? Brimelow argued that these same elites are creating the greatest transformation of any independent state in history by bringing in new minority groups that did not exist before. Brimelow considered these elites to be treasonous, people who hate our traditional culture and they see immigration as a weapon to help destroy it. Are they really patriots? Brimelow asked.

On pro-immigration conservatives, Brimelow claimed that they had been traumatized by the civil rights movement in the 1960s and now support the idea of the current [non-racist] immigration policy mostly so they can demonstrate repeatedly to themselves that they are not really prejudiced. In another segment, Brimelow said, they are constantly repressing deep racial feelings.

Stein asked Brimelow to talk more about his statement race is destiny in American politics. Brimelow did, saying, you really alter the texture of the country by bringing in different ethnic groups. Endorsing the invasion theory, Brimelow told one caller, you have areas of South Texas and so on that have essentially gone back to Mexico. Stein later asked Brimelow whether this all meant the end of the United States? Brimelows answer: Sure.

The one videotape that seemed to be missing from the files at George Washington aired on Sept. 30, 1996 and featured prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor, whom FAIRs founder, white nationalist John Tanton gave money to personally to start up American Renaissance, which throws annual conferences that are important gatherings on the countrys white supremacist scene. When American Renaissance was still a monthly journal it published screeds like this following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears.” The shows topic was the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which overturned the Immigration Act of 1924 and allowed non-whites to emigrate to the U.S. without being subjected to a racist national origins quota system.

FAIR clearly had no issue inviting white nationalists such as the ones mentioned above as well as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and Joseph Fallon, a man published in American Renaissance. It remains to be seen whether the group will admit to this particularly ugly part of its history by uploading the episodes of Borderline that feature white nationalists to YouTube.

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Backbiting and Infighting: The Florida League of the South Online – Southern Poverty Law Center

Despite the apparent real-world success of Tubbss spit-and-shine strategy, recent eruptions on social media reveal discord and dissent among the ranks even under the watchful eye of Hills most trusted lieutenant.

Last month, a thread started on Stormfront surrounding Hatewatchs coverage of the formation of the Southern Defense Force. Titled Southern Defense Formed League of the South, it included discussion of the Kentucky chapters participation in former Matt Heimbachs Pikeville event in April.

After some debate over whether the League was NS [National Socialist] and would distance themselves from those kind of groups, one poster shared separate images of League members and noted the presence of:

the two Mexicans in the back row, each holding a flag. In the middle picture, notice the mulatto in the back row. In the bottom picture, notice the same mulatto from the middle picture, this time with a full-fledged black.

The thread was shared on a LOS Facebook group by a non-member posting in the Leagues Unofficial Hangout under a pseudonym. The son of the Mexicans in question, Chris Cedeno, is a Cuban lone leaguer from the Miami area who took great exception to the perceived slur against his racial pedigree.

LOS members quickly rushed to Cedenos defense, with Renee Griffin, daughter of Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) founder Gordon Baum and wife of Occidental Dissents Brad Griffin, noting, [o]nly an ignoramus doesnt know there are Spanish Cubans.

Tubbs, Cedenos chairman, acknowledged the bind that Cedenos ethnicity puts the League in by stating Chris has done more fore [sic] the cause of Southern Nationalism, Floridas Independence and White supremacy in one 24 hour period than 99 9999% of Floridas native White population have done in their life times.

Cedenos response?

Except lynching negroes, I unfortunately have yet to do that

What Griffin and other LOS members seemed to miss in the post was not an argument about European heritage in Cuba, but an assertion that in a white nationalist movement like LOS, pigment and melanin count matters.

While the issue is apparently squarely settled in the Florida League camp, this will likely not sit well with the white nationalist community at large, which already looks askance at Hills bizarre conception of southerners as an ethnically distinct people from other whites.

As for the mulatto described in the original Stormfront post, neither Hill nor Tubbs rose to defend the contributions, character, or whiteness of Jeremy Walls.

Jeremy Walls is a tattoo artist currently residing in Guntown, Mississippi. He has long been affiliated with the racist right in that area.

Walls was involved with the League for several years before he was ejected from the after Hatewatch revealed that he had been charged with the improper touching of two teens in Mississippi. Having since been cleared in that case, Walls has continued to turn up around League events, most recently the Arkansas Leagues state conference in late 2015, where he engaged in an altercation with a black library employee.

Wallss presence in the League has continued to cause friction, particularly with the Florida crowd. This week the same LOS forum erupted over an altercation between Lake City residents Brad and Mary Barlow and Walls. From Barlows post:

While the cause of the spat remains unclear, the fallout has been sizeable. League president Michael Hill felt it necessary to voice his support of Mrs. Barlow, stating:

Mary Barlow has The Leagues complete faith and trust. We will not tolerate her being insulted. Mr. Walls is no longer a member of The League. Anyone else who bad-mouths her may lose their membership as well.

There has been no word yet as to whether Walls will be disinvited from participating in future League events. The wendell winkler in question likely refers to Shaun Winkler, who joined the League this year and was photographed with Michael Hill at their national conference. There has been no mention of him being ejected from the League for his role in the fracas.

Petty as they may be, these incidents reveal the friction and discontent that lie beneath the militaristic veneer of Michael Tubbss FLOS.

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There is no wave of Trump-induced anti-Semitism or racism – Jewish Journal

The actual percentage is yet to be exactly known, but it is already clear that a serious number of the major anti-Semitic incidents taking place such as defacing Jewish graves, painting swastikas on Jewish students dorm room doors, and calling in bomb threats to Jewish institutions are being perpetrated by leftists who wish to perpetuate the belief that Donald Trumps election victory has unleashed a national wave of anti-Semitism.

The same seems to hold true for post-Trump anti-Muslim and anti-Black incidents.

I could cite dozens of examples. Here are a few:

Last week, it was reported that a Black, left-wing journalist was arrested for phoning in bomb threats to the ADL and half a dozen other Jewish institutions.

On Feb. 27, the Minneapolis Star Tribune headlined: Racist graffiti found at Lakeville South High School.

The article began: Swastikas, racial epithets and other racist graffiti were found etched on bathroom stalls at Lakeville South High School on Monday.

It turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by a non-white student: A non-Caucasian Minnesota high school student has been disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and antisemitic graffiti found in a school bathroom. The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase Hail the Ku Klux Klan, the N word, and a swastika (The College Fix, March 2).

On March 1, the Toronto Sun headlined: Bomb threats targeting Muslims close Concordia buildings.

The article continued: a group threatened to detonate small artisanal explosive devices once a day until Friday in order to injure Muslim students. The group, which described itself as a chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, or C4, complained about Muslim prayer services on campus.

The next day, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported: The man charged in connection with Wednesdays bomb threats at Concordia University, Hisham Saadi, was a PhD student in economics there. Saadi is of Lebanese origin.

The College Fix, which accumulates data on these hoaxes, reported that At Massachusetts Williams College, two students admitted to trashing the schools Griffin Hall with a red wood-stain substance resembling blood and spelled outAMKKK KILL. The college newspaper, The Williams Record, later reported that the two students did it to bring attention to the potential impact of the presidential election on campus.

At Bowling Green State University on the day after the election, a Black student alleged three white males clad in Trump shirts called her a racial slur and threw rocks at her. ABC News reported shortly thereafter that the police concluded she made up the story.

MSNBC posted a tweet that contained what appeared to be a video of a female Muslim student beating up a racist male pupil at Washburn High School. Dont mess with Somali girls in Minnesota, MSNBC host Lawrence ODonnell announced. The dude tried to knock her hijab (headgar) [sic] off, she gave him a hard lesson.

The video, titled Welcome to Washburn, went viral after it was posted to Facebook, with more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares and more than 29,000 comments.

But the Minneapolis Star Tribune declared the footage a hoax and a play fight intended as a joke. And school staff confirmed the alleged incident never happened.

Another anti-Muslim incident that was widely reported was proven to be a hoax. A female Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette alleged that right after the election, two white men, one of whom was wearing a Trump cap, attacked her and stole her wallet and the hijab she was wearing. Her story prompted the ACLU of Louisiana to issue a statement denouncing both the incident and Donald Trump; the FBI launched an investigation; and the story was covered by The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN.

The Muslim student later admitted to police that she made up the whole story.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a San Francisco man who raised a Nazi flag on the roof of his home right after the election was a left-wing Trump-hater.

There are so many examples of hoaxes perpetrated by Black, Muslim and white leftists that they could fill this issue of the Jewish Journal.

The entire notion of a Trump-inspired crime wave is fake news spread by the mainstream media. For more examples, see There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave In Trumps America.

Donald Trump is no more anti-Semitic than the columnists of this newspaper. Nor is Breitbart.com anti-Semitic. And there is no wave of Trump-induced anti-Semitism or racism in America.

This is only one more example of left-wing hysteria like heterosexual AIDS in America; the rape culture on campuses; the alleged crisis of racist cops wantonly killing innocent Blacks; and global warming threatening life on earth.

Jews who think there is such a wave do so because they hate Donald Trump so much, they want to believe it. In other words, a lot of Jews want to believe that Jews are hated in America more than ever. Yet another way in which leftism has poisoned Jewish life.

Dennis Pragers nationally syndicated radio talk show is heard in Los Angeles on KRLA (AM 870) 9 a.m. to noon. His latest project is the internet-based Prager University (prageru.com).

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Bara Abuhamed helped Concordia community members about Islam during MSAs Islam Awareness Week. Courtesy MSA Concordia

Bara Abuhamed is a member of Concordias MSA. Photo Nikolas Litzenberger

Instead of being intimidated by threats toward his community, Bara Abuhamed of Concordias Muslim Students Association said its members were motivated to keep working towards their main goalto dispel misconceptions of what Islam is.

A letter threatening to set off a bomb in two of Concordias downtown buildings was sent to MSA, and to various media outlets on Wednesday. The letter, sent by a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, who was later referred to as C4, warned that if the university did not halt all Muslim activities at once, a bomb would be set off sometime between Wednesday and Friday of last week.

The threat coincided with the groups Islamic Awareness Week, an event with the main purpose of teaching about Islam. Abuhamed, the associations VP External, was on the Sir George Williams campus when they received the threats.

It was shocking, Abuhamed said. Its something were not used to seeing on Concordia grounds.

MSA president Hamaad Nami told his members to remain calm and let the university take care of things. An evacuation and police sweep of the EV, GM and Hall buildings followed at around 11:30 a.m., about two hours after the threats were received.

On Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., the school reopened and classes resumed despite the letter threatening to attack the school until Friday. A Friday meeting for the Concordia Council on Student Life scheduled to be on the downtown campus was moved to Loyola, considering some people may feel nervous about the statements in the media regarding the rest of the week.

On an individual basis, many professors were understanding and flexible with students who had concerns about the threat even after the SPVM investigation, according to Abuhamed.

Since then, Hisham Saadi, a PhD at Concordia, has been arrested and charged with inciting fear of terrorism for having sent the letter. The MSA called for the SPVM to investigate these events as a hate crime. Islamic Awareness Week events continued despite the letter, which included detailed descriptions of Muslim prayers that take place on the Hall buildings seventh floor.

Even though they had a lot of errors in what they said, and a lot of exaggeration, [] its either a student or someone who shows up to Concordia, Abuhamed said.

The MSA went on with Islamic Awareness Week because its members knew the support from the Concordia community was greater than the hatred.

Posters explaining different facets of Islam were set up in the EV building, including information about women and the environment from an Islamic perspective. The association served samosas, cotton candy, and Krispy Kreme donuts. MSA also set up chairs in case people walking by wanted to ask its members any questions.

We have a simple conversation just to build those connections and build those bonds, Abuhamed said.

The letter intended to terrorize and incite fear had the opposite effect on the MSAits members felt a sense of motivation, according to Abuhamed. The misinterpretations in the letter were a perfect example of exactly what the MSA was trying to stop.

The reason why people hate one another is because they dont have enough knowledge, they havent had an interaction with that person. Nevin Hoque, president of MSA Dawson

After Wednesday, Abuhamed said many more people showed up to Islamic Awareness Week in the EV building. The interactions were deeper, he said, and people wanted to know not only about the threats, but about Islam itself.

For such misconceptions to happen, for one to be able to tell between whats the truth and whats not the truth [about Islam], they need to have facts, and that was the whole purpose of Islamic Awareness Week, Abuhamed said. Conversation and communication are crucial to MSA. Abuhamed said the threat wouldnt have happened had the problems been brought to the association first.

No one came up to us to tell us, Were uncomfortable with you, he said. Because if they did, we would have given them the time to discuss those concerns and we would have come up with a halfway point where everyone is satisfied.

In December, a similar Islamophobic instance took place at Dawson College during their Muslim Students Associations Islamic Awareness Day. After a Journal de Montreal article was published featuring a photo of MSA Dawson member Samar Eldabaa wearing a hijab, she was subject to online harassment.

The college also received about a dozen online complaintstheir main issue was that Dawsons MSA offered students the chance to try on the hijab. A CBC article showed the cyber crimes could have been connected to far-right group La Meute, who organized in front of Montreal City Hall on Saturday, in protest of a motion condemning islamophobia.

La Meute did not instruct its members to make complaints to [Dawson] College, Sylvain Malkan, spokesperson for La Meute wrote in a message in December. It is possible that some members of La Meute did it by personal initiative and that is their right.

Malkan added that the group wants Muslim associations to present to us all side of Islam when awareness events take place. As they do not, La Meute will take care of it.

MSA Dawsons President Nevin Hoque said that similarly to Concordias MSA, more people have been approaching his association to ask questions since these events took place.

Because of these Islamophobic events, its gaining more awareness about our religion and were able to voice out the real story about Islam, he said.

Since the harassment, Dawsons association has been continuing to organize eventslike womens week, which begins on Wednesday, March 8. The MSA has been collaborating with other clubs, and have their own Islamic Awareness Week coming up.

Hoque said the best way to end these racist and Islamophobic instances is to be open and collaborate with other people.

The reason why people hate one another is because they dont have enough knowledge, they havent had an interaction with that person, he said, adding that seeking knowledge is an important way to combat stereotypes.

Both MSAs have the goal of building bridges with other communities.

Homa Hoodfar, an anthropologist at Concordia, and expert on Muslim womens status in the West, said the problem is, in the context of globalization, that we tend to focus on differences rather than commonalities, in an interview in response to the events at Dawson.

In this multicultural society, she added, its important that to realize that some things are harmless to the public, like a woman wearing a hijab.

You might not like the sight of women wearing the veil or the Sikh wearing their turban, [or] the sight of people wearing 25 earrings, Hoodfar said. But tough luck, its not interfering with my life and its not interfering with the way they want to live.

She added that these disagreements do not mean we shouldnt respect each others choices.

I think the problem with the far right is that they dwell on differences because of their political stance, because they want everyone to be like them. If they didnt have immigrants, they would go after [others] she said.

Despite these eventsand because of themthe MSA Concordia will continue building connections and bonds to keep all people united, Abuhamed said.

Were here to stop [this] from happening again, because the more people know the truth, the less the chance is that people have such misconceptions that will lead to such violence.

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Conservatives can’t keep ignoring Islamophobia – Winnipeg Free Press

In both Canada and the United States, conservatives have never had a problem associating radical Islam with terrorism. Lately, however, they are hard-pressed to admit that anti-Muslim prejudice is itself a source of indoctrination and violence.

It is the uncomfortable truths the existence of Islamophobia and its negative impact on Muslim communities that conservatives have failed to address honestly.

For hardcore Republicans, the reality of Islamophobia must be categorically denied. In the American neoconservative publication National Review, op-ed writer Brendan ONeill insists “Islamophobia is a myth” and that “the idea that there is a climate of Islamophobia… is an invention.”

Atlantic magazine staff writer Conor Friedersdorf countered these assumptions, noting Islamophobia an irrational fear of mainstream Muslims “is a recognizable feature of post-9/11 America.” Examples include: various cities efforts to stop the construction of mosques, state attempts to ban Shariah law and the profiling of Muslim college students for no reason other than their religion.

In Canada, we encounter similar anxieties, especially among our current crop of conservative politicians. When Liberal MP Iqra Khalid recently introduced Motion 103, which asks the government to condemn “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,” the reaction from Conservative leadership candidates was swift.

Pierre Lemieux warned that “the consequences of M-103 on free speech will be far-reaching.” Maxime Bernier refused to vote for the motion unless the word “Islamophobia” was removed. Kellie Leitch insisted that “no religion should be singled out for special consideration.”

M-103 sparked further outrage. Khalid and her office received thousands of violent, hateful threats. She even required police protection for having the courage to declare publicly the existence of Islamophobia.

Moreover, conservatives tend to downplay the connection between anti-Muslim attitudes and radicalization. For instance, in 2011 when Norways Anders Breivik killed 77 people to draw attention to his right-wing manifesto, the National Posts Jonathan Kay described Breivik as “crazy,” not “conservative.”

The reality is, bigotry does not exist in a vacuum. Alexandre Bissonnette did not burst into the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City and kill six Muslims on a whim. His fanaticism was learned from and encouraged by far-right extremists. A friend of his mentioned how Bissonnette was “enthralled by a borderline racist nationalist movement.” Put simply, right-wing thugs go on murderous rampages because they have been brainwashed by like-minded ideologues.

The fallback position for conservatives is to depict right-wing terrorists as “exceptions.”

Breivik and Bissonnette are, in fact, symptoms of a larger problem namely, the hate merchants who manufacture vicious stereotypes. These include U.S. President Donald Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who insists that “the West is at war with Islam,” as well as Trumps former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, who referred to Islam as a “cancer.”

In Canada, Conservative leadership hopeful Leitch sends her condolences to the families of the Quebec mosque victims while promoting policies that simultaneously stir up anti-immigrant sentiments. When Leitch attempts to legitimize her “barbaric cultural practices” tip line or the screening of new immigrants for “Canadian values,” her brand of politics can only be described as disingenuous.

Conservatives sank even lower at this years Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa. Panelist Thomas Quiggin of the Terrorism and Security Experts network suggested that not only was every mosque in Canada including the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City funding extremist groups, but that the gunman sought revenge for that support. In other words, Muslims should have seen it coming.

Even if North Americans are not drowning in waves of Islamophobia daily, anti-Muslim attitudes can easily be exploited for political gain. When this kind of paranoia becomes mainstream, right-wing radicals are given further assurance that their warped view of Islam is justified. Look no further than the disturbing letter sent March 1 to various media outlets by the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4). The unknown group threatened to detonate bombs targeting Muslim students at Concordia University during Islamic Awareness Week.

If conservatives wish to be part of the solution, they can start by publicly condemning Islamophobia. By denying its existence and minimizing its negative repercussions, the right becomes complicit in any future hostilities toward Muslims.

Stuart Chambers, PhD, teaches media ethics in the department of communication at the University of Ottawa.

schamber@uottawa.ca

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OP: Hate is just a click away – Western Herald

Many people justly hate racism; that some are willing to condemn an entire group of people because of their skin color goes against both common sense and common decency. People want to shut racists down, and keep them from talking or organizing public events. Why let such a vile belief be paraded around decent people? Better to quarantine the idea so it doesnt spread like a virus. The problem with that approach is that it is impossible to censor even the most stomach churning idea. We live in a digital age, and there are few groups that have the power to legally police what is said on the internet. Censorship tools like parental controls and website blockers arent foolproof and are simple for a curious mind to get around. This happened to one of the most infamous mass shooters within recent history, Dylan Roof. As the NPR reports, Roof wasnt radicalized by his family but by what he read online. It started with the Trayvon Martin case, which lead Roof to type in the phrase Black on White crime in Google search. The first website in the results, was the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization who claims there is long-standing epidemic of violent crimes perpetrated by black people against white people. This epidemic, the Council claims, has been covered up and ignored by news media and the police itself. As unsavory as it may sound, racism is an issue that needs to be discussed openly and honestly with people. Refusing to talk about any subject with a curious young mind simply encourages them to find information elsewhere. Outsourcing the birds and the bees is bad enough, but allowing the internet to teach a young child about racism is like putting a pyromaniac in charge of the fireplace. The internet allows communities to form, giving rise to outlets like the daily stormer and stormfront where the topic of race is presented from a clearly biased viewpoint. In forums like these, the concept of racial segregation is declared reasonable, interracial marriage is demonized, and different races are put on a hierarchy that goes from nearly-animal to human. Ideally, we would like to think people out of their teens would recognize these beliefs as hateful and ignorant, particularly if theyve been inoculated against these ideas. Children and teenagers whove been sheltered from the concept of racism have no defense. Combine this engineered ignorance with the deliberate cherry-picking, misinterpretation, and fabrication of information many advocates of racism employ, and anyones child can be lead into racism. While not every reader will go the way of Roof, the tragic aftermath of the Charleston Church shooting shows the worst that can happen when someone new to a subject finds racist propaganda. Censorship and refusing to talk about certain subjects will never work again because of the internet. In modern times, refusing to discuss any issue with a curious young mind will just surrender formative moments to potentially biased, misinformed, or lying sources of information. If racism, anti-Semitism, or any similar beliefs are to end they need to be acknowledged and refuted by the most influential figures in a young persons life, not ignored.

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FAIR Digs Up 20 Year Old Video Series Borderline, An Anti-Immigrant TV Series That Gave Platforms to Numerous … – Southern Poverty Law Center

As previously reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, FAIR donated some of its archives to the Gelman Library at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In these public archives are videotapes of FAIRs entire Borderline series. The series featured some of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, including the now-deceased Sam Francis and Lawrence Auster as well as Peter Brimelow and Jared Taylor, two other white nationalists who are now seen as leaders in the rebranded Alt-Right movement. The program, which opened with footage of immigrants running across the border or arriving in the U.S. in broken-down flotillas, featured racist commentary from guests and hosts alike. On April 22, 1996, Borderline was hosted by then-FAIR Deputy Director K.C. McAlpin and featured Sam Francis, who had recently been fired from his job at The Washington Times for making racist comments, along with Peter Skerry of the Brookings Institution. Francis, in fact, has attracted scores to the white nationalist movement through his hundreds of essays for white nationalist outlets and speeches at racist conferences across the country. Before his death in 2005, he served as chief editor of Citizens Informer, the newsletter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the group Charleston shooter Dylann Roof cited in his manifesto as his gateway into white nationalism. The CCC has also called African Americans a retrograde species of humanity. The topic of the day was, in McAlpins words, the relentless march against our border is it immigration or colonization? The question was purely rhetorical for McAlpin, who later in the show asserted that Mexico has been acting very much like a colonial power. Francis very much agreed. This is actually a process of political warfare, Francis opined. They encourage immigration to the North, get rid of who they dont want and create a political lobby in this country as a kind of political bludgeon against the United States. Skerry, who repeatedly disagreed with these sentiments, was frequently cut off. In a segment devoted to ethnic separatists, McAlpin warned the audience that Mexicans want to take back the Southwest. This is a serious issue and serious threat, McAlpin said. This is not just a bunch of radicals and academics and intellectuals on campuses and if the population of the Southwest continues to change in this dramatic fashion, I think we do have a serious problem. Francis couldnt have agreed more, saying, I think that you are going to have more and more political and ethnic problems as this demographic shift occurs in the Southwest. Francis also said that Mexico was meddling in American affairs just as the Soviets and Nazis had in prior periods, using ideological and ethnic loyalties to manipulate a political force within our own government. At other times, Borderline advanced ideas popular in white nationalist circles not surprising, given that white nationalists were often featured on the program. Particularly popular was the idea that immigrants are destroying American culture or displacing Western civilization with degenerate, Third World ways. Lawrence Auster, a white nationalist who spoke in 1996 to a conference put on by the racist American Renaissance was on the show on April 1, 1996, making the argument that if the U.S. loses its white majority, it will be destroyed. The topic that day, according to host Dan Stein, was to take a politically incorrect look at American culture and Western Civilization. Stein added, America, love it or lose it. (In more recent years, Stein has repeatedly insisted that neither he nor FAIR have any preference for any one race or nationality or ethnic group.) Auster argued that because of an invasion, America is in the process of dissolving as a nation. Supposedly drawing on history, Auster warned that as demographic change occurs and the majority is threatened in its position the result could be civil war. Austers particular concern that day was the loss of the historic European Anglo American culture. Stein certainly seemed to agree with his guests worries. How can we preserve America if it becomes 50% Latin American? he asked. Stein also said that Anglos were leaving Los Angeles because it had become a foreign country to them. Auster died in 2013, but a website with his writings, Views From The Right remains as a repository for his work today. Another prominent white nationalist who appeared on Borderline was naturalized English immigrant Peter Brimelow, who in 1999 would go on to found the anti-immigrant hate site VDARE.com and author of Alien Nation, a book that argued America should remain white-dominated. In a discussion about Alien Nation on Aug. 5, 1996, Stein asked Brimelow whether Americas social and economic elites seem to be writing off the whole idea of the nation-state. He added: If they shift their loyalty from the nation-state, what are they loyal to? Brimelow argued that these same elites are creating the greatest transformation of any independent state in history by bringing in new minority groups that did not exist before. Brimelow considered these elites to be treasonous, people who hate our traditional culture and they see immigration as a weapon to help destroy it. Are they really patriots? Brimelow asked. On pro-immigration conservatives, Brimelow claimed that they had been traumatized by the civil rights movement in the 1960s and now support the idea of the current [non-racist] immigration policy mostly so they can demonstrate repeatedly to themselves that they are not really prejudiced. In another segment, Brimelow said, they are constantly repressing deep racial feelings. Stein asked Brimelow to talk more about his statement race is destiny in American politics. Brimelow did, saying, you really alter the texture of the country by bringing in different ethnic groups. Endorsing the invasion theory, Brimelow told one caller, you have areas of South Texas and so on that have essentially gone back to Mexico. Stein later asked Brimelow whether this all meant the end of the United States? Brimelows answer: Sure. The one videotape that seemed to be missing from the files at George Washington aired on Sept. 30, 1996 and featured prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor, whom FAIRs founder, white nationalist John Tanton gave money to personally to start up American Renaissance, which throws annual conferences that are important gatherings on the countrys white supremacist scene. When American Renaissance was still a monthly journal it published screeds like this following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears.” The shows topic was the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which overturned the Immigration Act of 1924 and allowed non-whites to emigrate to the U.S. without being subjected to a racist national origins quota system. FAIR clearly had no issue inviting white nationalists such as the ones mentioned above as well as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and Joseph Fallon, a man published in American Renaissance. It remains to be seen whether the group will admit to this particularly ugly part of its history by uploading the episodes of Borderline that feature white nationalists to YouTube.

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White Nationalists Fete Racist Iowa Congressman Steve King For Openly Advocating White Nationalism – Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America White Nationalists Fete Racist Iowa Congressman Steve King For Openly Advocating White Nationalism Media Matters for America … a board member for the white supremacist hate group Council of Conservative Citizens , celebrated King's comments in a series of tweets, writing that the congressman used common sense and that Somebody Else's Babies created modern day Detroit:. – T.co T.co Steve King on Twitter: "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our … Twitter King doubles down on controversial 'babies' tweet CNN Twitter all 304 news articles »

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Backbiting and Infighting: The Florida League of the South Online – Southern Poverty Law Center

Despite the apparent real-world success of Tubbss spit-and-shine strategy, recent eruptions on social media reveal discord and dissent among the ranks even under the watchful eye of Hills most trusted lieutenant. Last month, a thread started on Stormfront surrounding Hatewatchs coverage of the formation of the Southern Defense Force. Titled Southern Defense Formed League of the South, it included discussion of the Kentucky chapters participation in former Matt Heimbachs Pikeville event in April. After some debate over whether the League was NS [National Socialist] and would distance themselves from those kind of groups, one poster shared separate images of League members and noted the presence of: the two Mexicans in the back row, each holding a flag. In the middle picture, notice the mulatto in the back row. In the bottom picture, notice the same mulatto from the middle picture, this time with a full-fledged black. The thread was shared on a LOS Facebook group by a non-member posting in the Leagues Unofficial Hangout under a pseudonym. The son of the Mexicans in question, Chris Cedeno, is a Cuban lone leaguer from the Miami area who took great exception to the perceived slur against his racial pedigree. LOS members quickly rushed to Cedenos defense, with Renee Griffin, daughter of Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) founder Gordon Baum and wife of Occidental Dissents Brad Griffin, noting, [o]nly an ignoramus doesnt know there are Spanish Cubans. Tubbs, Cedenos chairman, acknowledged the bind that Cedenos ethnicity puts the League in by stating Chris has done more fore [sic] the cause of Southern Nationalism, Floridas Independence and White supremacy in one 24 hour period than 99 9999% of Floridas native White population have done in their life times. Cedenos response? Except lynching negroes, I unfortunately have yet to do that What Griffin and other LOS members seemed to miss in the post was not an argument about European heritage in Cuba, but an assertion that in a white nationalist movement like LOS, pigment and melanin count matters. While the issue is apparently squarely settled in the Florida League camp, this will likely not sit well with the white nationalist community at large, which already looks askance at Hills bizarre conception of southerners as an ethnically distinct people from other whites. As for the mulatto described in the original Stormfront post, neither Hill nor Tubbs rose to defend the contributions, character, or whiteness of Jeremy Walls. Jeremy Walls is a tattoo artist currently residing in Guntown, Mississippi. He has long been affiliated with the racist right in that area. Walls was involved with the League for several years before he was ejected from the after Hatewatch revealed that he had been charged with the improper touching of two teens in Mississippi. Having since been cleared in that case, Walls has continued to turn up around League events, most recently the Arkansas Leagues state conference in late 2015, where he engaged in an altercation with a black library employee. Wallss presence in the League has continued to cause friction, particularly with the Florida crowd. This week the same LOS forum erupted over an altercation between Lake City residents Brad and Mary Barlow and Walls. From Barlows post: While the cause of the spat remains unclear, the fallout has been sizeable. League president Michael Hill felt it necessary to voice his support of Mrs. Barlow, stating: Mary Barlow has The Leagues complete faith and trust. We will not tolerate her being insulted. Mr. Walls is no longer a member of The League. Anyone else who bad-mouths her may lose their membership as well. There has been no word yet as to whether Walls will be disinvited from participating in future League events. The wendell winkler in question likely refers to Shaun Winkler, who joined the League this year and was photographed with Michael Hill at their national conference. There has been no mention of him being ejected from the League for his role in the fracas. Petty as they may be, these incidents reveal the friction and discontent that lie beneath the militaristic veneer of Michael Tubbss FLOS.

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There is no wave of Trump-induced anti-Semitism or racism – Jewish Journal

The actual percentage is yet to be exactly known, but it is already clear that a serious number of the major anti-Semitic incidents taking place such as defacing Jewish graves, painting swastikas on Jewish students dorm room doors, and calling in bomb threats to Jewish institutions are being perpetrated by leftists who wish to perpetuate the belief that Donald Trumps election victory has unleashed a national wave of anti-Semitism. The same seems to hold true for post-Trump anti-Muslim and anti-Black incidents. I could cite dozens of examples. Here are a few: Last week, it was reported that a Black, left-wing journalist was arrested for phoning in bomb threats to the ADL and half a dozen other Jewish institutions. On Feb. 27, the Minneapolis Star Tribune headlined: Racist graffiti found at Lakeville South High School. The article began: Swastikas, racial epithets and other racist graffiti were found etched on bathroom stalls at Lakeville South High School on Monday. It turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by a non-white student: A non-Caucasian Minnesota high school student has been disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and antisemitic graffiti found in a school bathroom. The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase Hail the Ku Klux Klan, the N word, and a swastika (The College Fix, March 2). On March 1, the Toronto Sun headlined: Bomb threats targeting Muslims close Concordia buildings. The article continued: a group threatened to detonate small artisanal explosive devices once a day until Friday in order to injure Muslim students. The group, which described itself as a chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, or C4, complained about Muslim prayer services on campus. The next day, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported: The man charged in connection with Wednesdays bomb threats at Concordia University, Hisham Saadi, was a PhD student in economics there. Saadi is of Lebanese origin. The College Fix, which accumulates data on these hoaxes, reported that At Massachusetts Williams College, two students admitted to trashing the schools Griffin Hall with a red wood-stain substance resembling blood and spelled outAMKKK KILL. The college newspaper, The Williams Record, later reported that the two students did it to bring attention to the potential impact of the presidential election on campus. At Bowling Green State University on the day after the election, a Black student alleged three white males clad in Trump shirts called her a racial slur and threw rocks at her. ABC News reported shortly thereafter that the police concluded she made up the story. MSNBC posted a tweet that contained what appeared to be a video of a female Muslim student beating up a racist male pupil at Washburn High School. Dont mess with Somali girls in Minnesota, MSNBC host Lawrence ODonnell announced. The dude tried to knock her hijab (headgar) [sic] off, she gave him a hard lesson. The video, titled Welcome to Washburn, went viral after it was posted to Facebook, with more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares and more than 29,000 comments. But the Minneapolis Star Tribune declared the footage a hoax and a play fight intended as a joke. And school staff confirmed the alleged incident never happened. Another anti-Muslim incident that was widely reported was proven to be a hoax. A female Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette alleged that right after the election, two white men, one of whom was wearing a Trump cap, attacked her and stole her wallet and the hijab she was wearing. Her story prompted the ACLU of Louisiana to issue a statement denouncing both the incident and Donald Trump; the FBI launched an investigation; and the story was covered by The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN. The Muslim student later admitted to police that she made up the whole story. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a San Francisco man who raised a Nazi flag on the roof of his home right after the election was a left-wing Trump-hater. There are so many examples of hoaxes perpetrated by Black, Muslim and white leftists that they could fill this issue of the Jewish Journal. The entire notion of a Trump-inspired crime wave is fake news spread by the mainstream media. For more examples, see There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave In Trumps America. Donald Trump is no more anti-Semitic than the columnists of this newspaper. Nor is Breitbart.com anti-Semitic. And there is no wave of Trump-induced anti-Semitism or racism in America. This is only one more example of left-wing hysteria like heterosexual AIDS in America; the rape culture on campuses; the alleged crisis of racist cops wantonly killing innocent Blacks; and global warming threatening life on earth. Jews who think there is such a wave do so because they hate Donald Trump so much, they want to believe it. In other words, a lot of Jews want to believe that Jews are hated in America more than ever. Yet another way in which leftism has poisoned Jewish life. Dennis Pragers nationally syndicated radio talk show is heard in Los Angeles on KRLA (AM 870) 9 a.m. to noon. His latest project is the internet-based Prager University (prageru.com).

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Threats Won’t Intimidate Our Muslim Students | News The Link – The Link

News by Claire Loewen Published March 7, 2017 | Bara Abuhamed helped Concordia community members about Islam during MSAs Islam Awareness Week. Courtesy MSA Concordia Bara Abuhamed is a member of Concordias MSA. Photo Nikolas Litzenberger Instead of being intimidated by threats toward his community, Bara Abuhamed of Concordias Muslim Students Association said its members were motivated to keep working towards their main goalto dispel misconceptions of what Islam is. A letter threatening to set off a bomb in two of Concordias downtown buildings was sent to MSA, and to various media outlets on Wednesday. The letter, sent by a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, who was later referred to as C4, warned that if the university did not halt all Muslim activities at once, a bomb would be set off sometime between Wednesday and Friday of last week. The threat coincided with the groups Islamic Awareness Week, an event with the main purpose of teaching about Islam. Abuhamed, the associations VP External, was on the Sir George Williams campus when they received the threats. It was shocking, Abuhamed said. Its something were not used to seeing on Concordia grounds. MSA president Hamaad Nami told his members to remain calm and let the university take care of things. An evacuation and police sweep of the EV, GM and Hall buildings followed at around 11:30 a.m., about two hours after the threats were received. On Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., the school reopened and classes resumed despite the letter threatening to attack the school until Friday. A Friday meeting for the Concordia Council on Student Life scheduled to be on the downtown campus was moved to Loyola, considering some people may feel nervous about the statements in the media regarding the rest of the week. On an individual basis, many professors were understanding and flexible with students who had concerns about the threat even after the SPVM investigation, according to Abuhamed. Since then, Hisham Saadi, a PhD at Concordia, has been arrested and charged with inciting fear of terrorism for having sent the letter. The MSA called for the SPVM to investigate these events as a hate crime. Islamic Awareness Week events continued despite the letter, which included detailed descriptions of Muslim prayers that take place on the Hall buildings seventh floor. Even though they had a lot of errors in what they said, and a lot of exaggeration, [] its either a student or someone who shows up to Concordia, Abuhamed said. The MSA went on with Islamic Awareness Week because its members knew the support from the Concordia community was greater than the hatred. Posters explaining different facets of Islam were set up in the EV building, including information about women and the environment from an Islamic perspective. The association served samosas, cotton candy, and Krispy Kreme donuts. MSA also set up chairs in case people walking by wanted to ask its members any questions. We have a simple conversation just to build those connections and build those bonds, Abuhamed said. The letter intended to terrorize and incite fear had the opposite effect on the MSAits members felt a sense of motivation, according to Abuhamed. The misinterpretations in the letter were a perfect example of exactly what the MSA was trying to stop. The reason why people hate one another is because they dont have enough knowledge, they havent had an interaction with that person. Nevin Hoque, president of MSA Dawson After Wednesday, Abuhamed said many more people showed up to Islamic Awareness Week in the EV building. The interactions were deeper, he said, and people wanted to know not only about the threats, but about Islam itself. For such misconceptions to happen, for one to be able to tell between whats the truth and whats not the truth [about Islam], they need to have facts, and that was the whole purpose of Islamic Awareness Week, Abuhamed said. Conversation and communication are crucial to MSA. Abuhamed said the threat wouldnt have happened had the problems been brought to the association first. No one came up to us to tell us, Were uncomfortable with you, he said. Because if they did, we would have given them the time to discuss those concerns and we would have come up with a halfway point where everyone is satisfied. In December, a similar Islamophobic instance took place at Dawson College during their Muslim Students Associations Islamic Awareness Day. After a Journal de Montreal article was published featuring a photo of MSA Dawson member Samar Eldabaa wearing a hijab, she was subject to online harassment. The college also received about a dozen online complaintstheir main issue was that Dawsons MSA offered students the chance to try on the hijab. A CBC article showed the cyber crimes could have been connected to far-right group La Meute, who organized in front of Montreal City Hall on Saturday, in protest of a motion condemning islamophobia. La Meute did not instruct its members to make complaints to [Dawson] College, Sylvain Malkan, spokesperson for La Meute wrote in a message in December. It is possible that some members of La Meute did it by personal initiative and that is their right. Malkan added that the group wants Muslim associations to present to us all side of Islam when awareness events take place. As they do not, La Meute will take care of it. MSA Dawsons President Nevin Hoque said that similarly to Concordias MSA, more people have been approaching his association to ask questions since these events took place. Because of these Islamophobic events, its gaining more awareness about our religion and were able to voice out the real story about Islam, he said. Since the harassment, Dawsons association has been continuing to organize eventslike womens week, which begins on Wednesday, March 8. The MSA has been collaborating with other clubs, and have their own Islamic Awareness Week coming up. Hoque said the best way to end these racist and Islamophobic instances is to be open and collaborate with other people. The reason why people hate one another is because they dont have enough knowledge, they havent had an interaction with that person, he said, adding that seeking knowledge is an important way to combat stereotypes. Both MSAs have the goal of building bridges with other communities. Homa Hoodfar, an anthropologist at Concordia, and expert on Muslim womens status in the West, said the problem is, in the context of globalization, that we tend to focus on differences rather than commonalities, in an interview in response to the events at Dawson. In this multicultural society, she added, its important that to realize that some things are harmless to the public, like a woman wearing a hijab. You might not like the sight of women wearing the veil or the Sikh wearing their turban, [or] the sight of people wearing 25 earrings, Hoodfar said. But tough luck, its not interfering with my life and its not interfering with the way they want to live. She added that these disagreements do not mean we shouldnt respect each others choices. I think the problem with the far right is that they dwell on differences because of their political stance, because they want everyone to be like them. If they didnt have immigrants, they would go after [others] she said. Despite these eventsand because of themthe MSA Concordia will continue building connections and bonds to keep all people united, Abuhamed said. Were here to stop [this] from happening again, because the more people know the truth, the less the chance is that people have such misconceptions that will lead to such violence. By commenting on this page you agree to the terms of our Comments Policy.

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Conservatives can’t keep ignoring Islamophobia – Winnipeg Free Press

In both Canada and the United States, conservatives have never had a problem associating radical Islam with terrorism. Lately, however, they are hard-pressed to admit that anti-Muslim prejudice is itself a source of indoctrination and violence. It is the uncomfortable truths the existence of Islamophobia and its negative impact on Muslim communities that conservatives have failed to address honestly. For hardcore Republicans, the reality of Islamophobia must be categorically denied. In the American neoconservative publication National Review, op-ed writer Brendan ONeill insists “Islamophobia is a myth” and that “the idea that there is a climate of Islamophobia… is an invention.” Atlantic magazine staff writer Conor Friedersdorf countered these assumptions, noting Islamophobia an irrational fear of mainstream Muslims “is a recognizable feature of post-9/11 America.” Examples include: various cities efforts to stop the construction of mosques, state attempts to ban Shariah law and the profiling of Muslim college students for no reason other than their religion. In Canada, we encounter similar anxieties, especially among our current crop of conservative politicians. When Liberal MP Iqra Khalid recently introduced Motion 103, which asks the government to condemn “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,” the reaction from Conservative leadership candidates was swift. Pierre Lemieux warned that “the consequences of M-103 on free speech will be far-reaching.” Maxime Bernier refused to vote for the motion unless the word “Islamophobia” was removed. Kellie Leitch insisted that “no religion should be singled out for special consideration.” M-103 sparked further outrage. Khalid and her office received thousands of violent, hateful threats. She even required police protection for having the courage to declare publicly the existence of Islamophobia. Moreover, conservatives tend to downplay the connection between anti-Muslim attitudes and radicalization. For instance, in 2011 when Norways Anders Breivik killed 77 people to draw attention to his right-wing manifesto, the National Posts Jonathan Kay described Breivik as “crazy,” not “conservative.” The reality is, bigotry does not exist in a vacuum. Alexandre Bissonnette did not burst into the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City and kill six Muslims on a whim. His fanaticism was learned from and encouraged by far-right extremists. A friend of his mentioned how Bissonnette was “enthralled by a borderline racist nationalist movement.” Put simply, right-wing thugs go on murderous rampages because they have been brainwashed by like-minded ideologues. The fallback position for conservatives is to depict right-wing terrorists as “exceptions.” Breivik and Bissonnette are, in fact, symptoms of a larger problem namely, the hate merchants who manufacture vicious stereotypes. These include U.S. President Donald Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who insists that “the West is at war with Islam,” as well as Trumps former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, who referred to Islam as a “cancer.” In Canada, Conservative leadership hopeful Leitch sends her condolences to the families of the Quebec mosque victims while promoting policies that simultaneously stir up anti-immigrant sentiments. When Leitch attempts to legitimize her “barbaric cultural practices” tip line or the screening of new immigrants for “Canadian values,” her brand of politics can only be described as disingenuous. Conservatives sank even lower at this years Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa. Panelist Thomas Quiggin of the Terrorism and Security Experts network suggested that not only was every mosque in Canada including the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City funding extremist groups, but that the gunman sought revenge for that support. In other words, Muslims should have seen it coming. Even if North Americans are not drowning in waves of Islamophobia daily, anti-Muslim attitudes can easily be exploited for political gain. When this kind of paranoia becomes mainstream, right-wing radicals are given further assurance that their warped view of Islam is justified. Look no further than the disturbing letter sent March 1 to various media outlets by the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4). The unknown group threatened to detonate bombs targeting Muslim students at Concordia University during Islamic Awareness Week. If conservatives wish to be part of the solution, they can start by publicly condemning Islamophobia. By denying its existence and minimizing its negative repercussions, the right becomes complicit in any future hostilities toward Muslims. Stuart Chambers, PhD, teaches media ethics in the department of communication at the University of Ottawa. schamber@uottawa.ca

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Concordia bomb threat – Globalnews.ca

Concordia bomb threat Globalnews.ca Concordia bomb threat: Who is the group purportedly behind the threat? Several Canadian media outlets, including Global News, received an emailed threat purportedly from the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4). Continue reading  …

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‘Things have changed’: White supremacists cite Trump in bomb threat targeting Muslim students – Raw Story

On Wednesday morning, two buildings at Concordia Universitys downtown campus in Montreal were evacuated after several media outlets received an email threatening to target Muslim students at the college by setting off bombs, the Montreal Gazette reported. Montreal police are investigating the matter, andpolice spokespersonBenoit Boisselle said the department does not yet know whether the threat is founded. The email making the threat was written by a group that called itself theCouncil of Conservative Citizens of Canada (C4). TheCouncil of Conservative Citizens (CCC) is a U.S.-based white supremacist group that was founded in 1985 as a spinoff of theWhite Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s that fought school desegregation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The groups mission states an opposition to all efforts to mix the races of mankind, and was describedby the Atlanticas the largest white-supremacist group in the nation. The grouphas also been active in Canadaand was cited in Dylann Roofs manifesto,the white supremacist behind the 2015 Charleston churchmassacre. This week, one of the buildings at Concordia that was targeted by the bomb threat is scheduled to hold anIslamic Awareness Week between Monday and Thursday. Theemail from the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada included threats to detonate once per day, a small artisanal amateur explosive devices, targetingtwo floors of the Hall building and one floor of theEngineering, Computer Science and Visual Artsbuilding, both of which were evacuated on Wednesday morning. The specific locations were described in the email as where Muslims hang out, and the sender clarified that the bombs are not meant to kill anybody. The only aim is to injure some Muslim students. According to Global News, the email demands a halt of religious activities of all kinds on campus. McGill University reportedly received a similar message, according to CBC. The campuscommunity radio station at McGill University was among the media outlets to receive the letter threatening Muslim students at Concordia, CBC reported. Since we will [spread] our fight to McGill too, we at C4 decided to give you a heads up of the emergency situation at Concordia University, the email read, and was signed by an individual who self-identified as the C4co-ordinator. Things have changed, now that President Donald Trump has taken office in the U.S., according to the email. The emailcomes as101bomb threats have been recorded, targetingJewish institutions across the United States in 33 states so far. Classes at Concordia have been cancelled until 6 p.m. local time. A statement on the schools website noted, Concordia is now cooperating with police who are now on-site investigating a potential threat in these buildings. Bomb threat at a Concordia. Downtown is pretty nuts right now. Hall and EV evacuated. pic.twitter.com/W5gAh9lktf Nick Gertler (@nickgertler) March 1, 2017 See below for what appears to be a copy of the email sent by the group. Disgusting. #BombThreat #ConcordiaUniversity pic.twitter.com/vbCDTj9yFC Felicia Clemente (@feliclemente) March 1, 2017

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."