Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday's Hate Group: Stormfront.org

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

"Stormfront is a resource for those courageous men and women fighting to preserve their White Western culture, ideals, and freedom of speech and association - a forum for planning strategies and forming political and social groups to ensure victory." -- Stormfront Mission Statement

Stormfront is an Internet watering hole for white supremacists. It was started two decades ago as an online bulletin board promoting Klansman David Duke's campaign for the United States Senate from Louisiana, and in 1995 it became the first successful website dedicated to white supremacy. While some earlier attempts to use the Internet to promote racial strife had faded, Stormfront.org began just as the concept of the Internet started to catch fire with the American public, and the site thrived.

Stormfront was receiving over 40,000 unique visitors each day in 2008, and it was being monitored by several human rights organizations including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The ADL has described the supremacist website as being "a veritable supermarket of online hate, stocking its shelves with many forms of anti-Semitism and racism."

The owner and operator of Stormfront, Don Black, is a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a former member of the National Socialist White People's Party (nee American Nazi Party). He also served time in prison for taking part in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Dominica.

Stormfront Motto: White Pride World Wide.

Arizona recently passed its now infamous SB 1070, a bill whose intent was to foster discrimination against Hispanics - although local politicians are adamant that there was no racism involved in the creation of this angry legislation. And while that statement is laughable on its face, it now turns out there is an Internet trail of breadcrumbs that connects one of Arizona's most powerful legislators with two white supremacists groups.

Chuck Gray, the Arizona Senate Majority Leader - and a Republican - was discovered this week to be a "follower" of Stormfront on Twitter. This did not occur accidentally. Senator Gray or someone with access to his Twitter account had to go out and intentionally add his name as a follower of Stormfront. After that tidbit hit the news, it was learned that Senator Gray is also a Twitter follower of ScarecrowWPWW, another white supremacist site that has ties to Stormfront.

Apparently Chuck Gray has now stopped following both of these hate groups on his Twitter account. A little sunshine can be a very powerful motivator!

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