Saturday, December 09, 2006

Klan Border Watch 28 years later...

The Franchise
by Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse
In 1977, David Duke and a handful of his Knights of the Ku Klux Klan got tremendous media attention when they inaugurated their 'Klan Border Watch.' The patrol turned out to be little more than a publicity stunt.
Although Chris Simcox and Jim Gilchrist are seen as the fathers of the Minuteman movement, citizen vigilante border patrols are not a new concept. Simcox and Gilchrist are following in the footsteps of other anti-immigrant activists before them, and it is well-trodden ground.

Klansmen were on the Mexican border 28 years before the Minutemen co-opted the concept. And they were talking about the Hispanic immigration threat more than five decades before that.

In 1926, Klan Imperial Wizard H.W. Evans warned that "to the South of us thousands of Mexicans, many of them Communist, are waiting a chance to cross the Rio Grande and glut the labor marts of the Southwest."

In an article that traces the history of the Klan in San Diego from the 1920s through the 1970s, The Journal of San Diego History describes an atmosphere of fear that persisted for decades. "Any Mexican worker who challenged authority or appeared suspicious of one thing or another would forfeit his life," Mercedes Acasan Garcia, a maid during the 1920s, said in a 1979 interview. Garcia tearfully recalled lynchings, whippings and burnings of Hispanics. "Since they were ragged wetbacks, nobody cared who they were and nothing was done about it."

With such a history of anti-immigrant violence, Klan boss David Duke and his California leader, Tom Metzger, had little trouble directing the energies of their followers to the Mexican border a half century later.

In 1977, after shoring up their ranks with Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan kicked off its Klan Border Watch. Klansmen were supposed to drive the border from Texas to the Pacific Ocean in a caravan, instructed to report suspicious people to the Border Patrol. Media attention was huge, and cameras at times outnumbered Klansmen eight to one. The event wasn't much more than a publicity stunt, although Metzger boasted of leading 500 volunteers from four states.

Metzger split with Duke in 1979, critical of what he saw as Duke's showmanship and inveterate womanizing. But, in the spring of 1980, Metzger formed his own rogue Klan chapter and led a "security force" of around 40 Klansmen to John Landes Park in Oceanside, vowing to rid it of Mexicans. Metzger's followers carried black shields emblazoned with "KKK" in white letters. They wielded bats, chains and nightsticks and wore hockey masks and helmets. Some brought attack dogs. Protesters met the Klansmen at the park and pelted them with rocks. Seven people were injured.

That same year, Metzger parlayed the attention he had gained, along with growing anti-immigrant sentiment, into a victory in the Democratic primary for his local congressional district. He got some 33,000 votes, although he lost the general election handily.

Today, Metzger is dismissive of the staying power of the Minutemen. "They remind me of the big splash about the militias a few years ago," he told the Intelligence Report. "When the Murrah Building in OKC went up they all disappeared. The Minutemen are similar and when the blood really flows on the border, most will be long gone. They go out of their way to claim not to be racist. They are hypocrites of the worst order. They go on and on that they want no racists among them. What a joke."

Source: SPLCenter


Chris Womak said...

The anti-illegal immigration forces in this country are NOT motivated by racism, they are motivated by common sense.

In any case, two Hispanic border patrol agents were recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for doing their duty - they shot an illegal alien engaged in a criminal act. I'll bet you haven't heard of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean [do a google search]. If either had been white the shooting of the illegal would have been played up by the Jewish media as a racist attack. Don't fall victim to the Jewish media's Machiavellian scheme, wake up and smell the coffee, America does not need, nor want 20 million illegal immigrants. If America needs more people to fill jobs why does the government and media push abortion as a viable option for American women????

Our alleged "conservative" President just signed into law [He could have vetoed] the over-the-counter sale of the abortion pill, which will inevitably lead to an additional 2 million children being aborted annually.

The White House website documenst the following exchange and as you'll see, Bush believes the abortion pill should be available over the counter

Q Thank you very much. Mr. President, some pro-life groups are worried that your choice of FDA Commissioner will approve over the counter sales of Plan B, a pill that, they say, essentially can cause early-term abortions. Do you stand by this choice, and how do you feel about Plan B in general?

THE PRESIDENT: I believe that Plan B ought to be -- ought to require a prescription for minors, is what I believe. And I support Andy's decision.

Unknown said...

Racism is the primary motivation and has been ever since The United States invaded Mexico and stole the territory that is now Arizona Mexico and California.

If you don't want Mexicans in the United States there is a simple and non-violent way to achieve that end.

Get on your knees and start picking tomatoes. Clean your own toilet. Carry your own dishes to the kitchen at your local restaurant.

Stop being spoiled brat pussies and psychotic vigilantes. Just go to work at the job Mexicans are doing for you now.

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