FBI and Local authorities Investigating Ohio Bombing As Potential Hate Crime

The home of an interracial Cleveland couple exploded last week, leaving rubble and the charred remains of their personal belongings and memories. Luckily residents Brad and Angela Frase were not injured in the explosion. The couple, who had lived in their now destroyed home for 23 years, discovered swastikas and racial slurs drawn on their garage door after the attack. Right-wing terror is upgrading from guns to bombs.

“There were some racial slurs and a swastika that was spray painted on (the garage),” said Sherriff Travis Hutchinson. “We’re not going to tolerate that type of activity and behavior here.”

This bombing follows the recent Dayton, Ohio mass shooting in which a young man killed 9 people. Ohioan residents are on edge as the normally quaint heartland state is rocked by the growing politically charged violence.

Missouri Man Claims He “Had Every Right” To Slam Little Boy Down For Not Removing Hat During Nat’l Anthem

“There was a little boy lying on the ground, he was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” said Taylor Hennick, who saw the attack. “He said [the boy] was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that.”

39-year-old Curt Brockway stands accused of picking up a 13-year-old and slamming him to the ground by the throat, fracturing his skull so severely that the boy had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. What did this young teen do to warrant such an assault? He failed to remove his hat during the National Anthem.

At this point you may be wondering why this story is on WriteLeft. Here it is: Brockway’s attorney claims that the man has brain damage from an injury he sustained while in the Army in 2000. That brain damage has, according to the attorney, impaired his client’s ability to not take Donald Trump seriously. Thus, Mr. Brockway believes that violence is necessary when children don’t respect the Anthem.

ABC News

“Jasper said he believes his client’s mental condition allowed him to be “exploited” by “animosity” expressed by Trump. The president is one of the leading critics of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality against Americans of color.

“Trump never necessarily says ‘go hurt somebody,’ but the message is absolutely clear,” Jasper told the Missoulian. “I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president.”

Newsweek

There is currently a GoFundMe that has been circulated to help raise money for the victim’s medical bills.

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NPR’s Codeswitch: Is ‘Race Science’ Making A Comeback?

Our nation has long struggled with the idea of racial equality. It was founded on the principals of freedom, yet many of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. Long after the Civil War that ended slavery in America, women and African Americans were still not allowed to vote. Even when American freedoms finally applied to people of all races and genders, people have crawled from the woodwork to talk about racial pseudoscience. They claimed to be able to prove through the study of anatomy that the White Man was truly superior.

Those ideas have long since died out… or so we thought. NPR’s Codeswitch covers the return (if it ever left) of ‘Race Science’.

“After the Second World War, when we saw eugenics play out — saw the consequences of Nazi racial hygiene in the Holocaust — the world kind of took a collective intake of breath and tried to put its house in order. So scientists, policymakers, the United Nations all came together and decided race has no place in biology anymore. It’s not scientifically accurate. Race is not how difference plays out in the real world.


“But there were two problems with this. Number one was the hardcore scientific racists. This includes Nazi race scientists. So the ones who believed that whites were superior, that slavery was justified, that segregation was justified. They kept scientific racism alive within a small, but very active, global network.

“The other aspect is mainstream science. Did everyday scientists really abandon these ideas completely? My argument is no. They clung on to them partly because, of course, racism was still there in society. We still had racism all around the world, discrimination embedded in the structures of institutions. And that means even to this day, there are still scientists who, despite knowing better and despite being mainstream, good-hearted, well-intentioned scientists, still sometimes invoke race in scientific research, particularly medical research, when it’s inappropriate.

NPR’s Codeswitch

Best of the Left Podcast #1295: How Fascism Uses White Supremacy to Delegitimize Non-Whites and Enrich the Wealthy

Today we take a look at the racist attacks by Trump and his supporters against “The Squad” and how those attacks are in line with a long tradition of working to delegitimize and silence the perspectives of non-whites in America

The Best of the Left is back with episode 1295, and this one couldn’t be more relevant. Less than a week ago, a white supremacist terrorist walked into an El Paso Walmart and murdered 21 people. His targets? Mexicans, according to his manifesto.

The President’s response to the weekend’s shootings (yes, plural) pinned the blame on mental illness and the radicalizing nature of online communities like 8chan, where both the El Paso shooter and the Christchurch shooter frequently posted. The former applauded the actions of the latter, and sought to replicate his attack. Despite this, Trump and other Republican lawmakers are only officially seeking to classify anti-fascists as terrorists, and not white supremacists, despite the FBI announcing that this latest attack is, in fact, domestic terrorism.

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U.S. State Department Official And Wife Unmasked As White Supremacist Organizers

Matthew Q. Gebert, a foreign affairs officer attached to the Bureau of Energy Resources has not only been outed as a white supremacist, but further investigation has revealed that he lead the D.C. chapter of The Right Stuff, named after the popular alt-right blog of the same name, even hosting fellow white supremacists for meetings at his home. In summary: the leader of an organized white supremacist group works in the heart of the U.S. government. He is likely one of many.

One reason this connection was made immediately apparent is that Gebert conducted his alt-right online business under a pseudonym, “Coach Finstock,” or sometimes just “Finstock.” He also tweeted support for Neo-Nazism and fascism under the now defunct Twitter handle @NeverCuck.

In 2018, Coach Finstock spoke on an alt-right podcast entitled “The Fatherland,” where he said “[Whites] need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split … That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”

Gebert’s wife, Anna Vuckovic, also participated in white supremacist activities and maintained a heavy online presence. She was identified by several anonymous sources as the user behind the Twitter handle @WolffieJames, also now suspended.

An episode of The Right Stuff, a White Supremacist podcast

The Southern Poverty Law Center, who’s ‘Hate Map’ is linked on our main menu under the tab ‘Tracking Hate’, has a well sourced write-up on how exactly it came to identify Gebert’s and Vuckovic’s heinous and potentially illegal online activities.

SPLC, A Tweet shared by another chapter of Gebert’s ‘organization’.

Twitter preserves old handles in conversations on that platform even after users change them. An open-source intelligence technique involves combing through conversations until older handles appear.

review of conversations by @TotalWarCoach indicates that the same account previously employed handles like @MQGeb, which uses Gebert’s initials and part of his last name, and also @MQGebert, which includes his first two initials and his full last name.

Gebert left other breadcrumbs as “Coach Finstock” on Twitter. For example, the “Coach Finstock”-linked handle @WeWonFam posted what appears to be a personal photograph of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial facing the Washington Monument on Nov. 17, 2016, a week after President Trump’s election into office. That post suggests the author’s location is in Washington, D.C. @WeWonFam listed Washington, D.C., as its location in the account’s Twitter bio.

SPLC

Despite right-wing violence being the leading cause of domestic terrorism in the United States, President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers are rallying to oppose anti-fascism. Trump, Ted Cruz, Bill Cassidy have all been outspoken about criminalizing ‘antifa’ or anti-fascists and making them vulnerable to RICO act investigations, similar to how the US effectively prosecutes the mafia and other organized criminal enterprises.

Anti-fascists show up to popular alt-right and white supremacist rallies to counter-protest. The anti-fascist movement gained significant traction following the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist during the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. In 2019 multiple anti-fascist groups traveled to Stone Mountain, Georgia to protest a KKK rally in front of what some call “Confederate Mount Rushmore.” The anti-fascists protested peacefully, albeit armed to the teeth with semi-automatic rifles. The KKK ultimately canceled the rally.

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SPLC’s Hatewatch, the investigators and breakers of this story, reached out to the State Department for comment:

Hatewatch presented a brief summary of the information contained in this investigation to the State Department by email.

A State Department spokesperson replied to Hatewatch saying the department is “committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment and investigates alleged violations of laws, regulations, or Department policies, taking disciplinary action when appropriate.”

The Fight Strengthens in Hong Kong As Protesters Go On Strike

The people of Hong Kong are now embroiled in a profound, unprecedented civil uprising against the controversial extradition bill that threatens to ship citizens accused of crimes in China off to the mainland to be tried and sentenced.

Anybody who knows the horrific history of the Chinese justice system knows that this extradition bill puts the democracy that Hong Kong enjoyed under British administration to the guillotine. From confining Muslims and Falun Gong to concentration camps and allegedly harvesting their organs, to imprisoning journalists for decades for criticizing the government. If you’re especially unlucky, you just get ‘disappeared.’

Liberty would be replaced by the all-seeing, all-knowing Chinese Communist Party, infamous for disappearing political dissidents and forcibly placing Uyghur Muslims into re-education camps in an attempt to stamp out radicalism. The bill is the first of many changes expected in Hong Kong’s future. Ever since the British conceded Hong Kong to China, beginning the “One country, two systems” policy, the city and its people were placed on a slow-moving, but inevitable journey that ends with Hong Kong’s absorption by China.

In accordance with the “One country, two systems” principle agreed between the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China, the socialist system of the People’s Republic of China would not be practised in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and Hong Kong’s previous capitalist system and its way of life would remain unchanged for a period of 50 years. This would have left Hong Kong unchanged until 2047.

Wikipedia, “Handover of Hong Kong”

Official sources in the Hong Kong police have confirmed at least 500 arrests since the beginning of June. As for anti-protester measures, they claim at least 1,000 teargas grenades were launched, and at least 160 rubber bullets were fired at protesters. Those numbers could double within a week.

Citizens in Hong Kong have begun a general strike, now 14,000 strong, targeting the city’s industrial infrastructure. They reason that if crowds of millions can’t get this bill withdrawn, then they will shut the city down. This has only furthered tensions with the government. Politician Junius Ho called for the deaths of pro-independence activists: “If those who are pro-independence lead to the subversion of the fate of the country; with Hong Kong and the 1.3 billion people in the motherland having to pay a huge price, why shouldn’t these people be killed?”

Protesters are wising up to police tactics. The Guardian reports that demonstrators in the streets are now working together using ‘flash mob tactics’ to evade authorities.

“Ahead of a city-wide strike and simultaneous protests in seven districts, on Sunday night protesters evaded and frustrated the police by holding flashmob demonstrations. Groups of protesters scattered, switching locations at the last minute and disappearing before riot police were able to arrive en masse.”

Lily Kuo, The Guardian

An anonymous spokesperson for the strike’s leadership, providing only the name ‘Chan,’ says this strike is the only way forward, as the Hong Kong government “did not pay heed to people’s demands.”

“Various sectors have expressed their views in most peaceful ways. But, the government did not listen to them,” Chan says. Not only has the government failed to listen to the protesters, they have sent police after them with violent, non-lethal weapons, and condoned the mass gathering of thugs in white shirts who ambushed, attacked, and hospitalized the peaceful Hong Kongers, while the police closed their doors and ignored emergency phone calls.

Chan’s excerpt ends with a sentiment that tugs at the heart-strings of the American spirit, echoing our Declaration of Independence. “A lot of protesters were attacked with violence, and persecuted by a tyranny … When society has become like this, we need to paralyse it temporarily to force the government to face the problems.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

United States Declaration of Independence, 1776

Despite the fact that the Hong Kong government has voiced opposition to Chinese military intervention in the protests, PLA forces have been documented amassing on the border, and Beijing is not being coy about it.

You can receive live updates on the situation in Hong Kong from CNN, here.

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