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Leonard Zeskind
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Leonard Zeskind is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May 2009. A MacArthur Award recipient, he has written for The American Prospect, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has testified before a Parliamentary Subcommittee in the United Kingdom, given public lectures at universities in London and Berlin. Prior to 1982, he was a community activist and worked in heavy industry. He is president of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights. www.LeonardZeskind.com; www.bloodandpolitics.com

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Could Voter Identification Lead to Disenfranchisement in Mississippi?

Posted January 10, 2011 | 11:15:17 (EST)

Yes, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour apologized (barely) for his racist rendition of the segregationist-era Citizens Councils in his Yazoo City hometown. And at year's end, the governor did finally pardon and release Jamie and Gladys Scott, two African American sisters sentenced in 1994 to life imprisonment for their (minimal) role...

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Haley Barbour Has No Excuse

Posted December 21, 2010 | 20:51:12 (EST)

Twenty-five years ago I worked for an organization in Atlanta founded as the National Anti-Klan Network. Even after we changed our name to the Center for Democratic Renewal, we remained listed in the phone book under our anti-Klan name. And occasionally we would get phone calls from people who had...

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In the UK Elections, What Can American Anti-Racists Learn?

Posted May 10, 2010 | 12:23:52 (EST)

The Labor Party lost votes and seats in the parliament. The Tories may yet cobble together a majority coalition and once again install a Thatcherite prime minister. Yet, in the London borough of Barking, the vote for the Labour incumbent increased, and Nick Griffin, the chairman of the white-ist...

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The Hutaree Militia & the Charge of Seditious Conspiracy

Posted March 30, 2010 | 17:44:35 (EST)

Eight men and one woman from the Hutaree militia have been charged in an Eastern Michigan federal court, according to a recently released indictment. If the charges are to be believed, they apparently planned to kill a lawman and then set up IED's to subsequently kill even more people in...

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Ron Paul and the Tea Parties: States' Rights and the 17th Amendment

Posted March 18, 2010 | 15:34:15 (EST)

It was just over one year ago. March 15, 2009. Liberals and progressives were still crowing about the election of Barack Obama and a Democratic House and Senate. The conservative movement, many told us, was dead. Friends of mine who should have known better were speculating that the demographic shift...

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What Not to Do About the Tea Parties and Some Hints About What to Do

Posted February 15, 2010 | 13:49:58 (EST)

The Tea Party convention has come and gone, and we need to look past the speculative bubble surrounding Sarah Palin's possible presidential ambitions and examine the Nashville gathering more closely. A fact-based analytical look at this developing phenomenon is much needed. There is no call to get snarky...

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Roeder Convicted, Testimony by Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline Ruled Out

Posted January 29, 2010 | 15:01:30 (EST)

After four days of uncontroverted testimony detailing the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Scott Roeder took the stand on Thursday, January 28, in his own defense. He betrayed not an ounce of emotion as he described pulling a .22 caliber pistol out of his pocket and shooting Dr. Tiller in...

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Still Picking the Jury, A Word About Kansas

Posted January 19, 2010 | 13:00:28 (EST)

Still Picking the Jury for Roeder's murder trial in Wichita, Kansas

By Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind will be following and writing about the trial as it proceeds.

Picking the jury that will vote on whether Scott Roeder murdered Dr. Tiller in the first degree or whether he simply...

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To Understand the Trial of Scott Roeder...

Posted January 11, 2010 | 17:06:26 (EST)

To Understand the Trial of Scott Roeder Read
Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War
by James Risen and Judy L. Thomas
Basic Books 1998

Leonard Zeskind will be following and writing about the trial as it proceeds.

If you want to understand the back...

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Unemployment, Race and Crimes by White-ists

Posted December 7, 2009 | 21:58:19 (EST)

Unemployment, Race and Crimes by White-ists

by Leonard Zeskind

Unemployment rates tell us some things about how the economy is doing. But aggregate rates, even if they go down a virtual eighth of an inch like they did in November, hide high levels of disparity by race. And they...

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Moscow Murder Part of a Pattern

Posted November 19, 2009 | 14:57:37 (EST)

Moscow Murder Part of a Pattern

by Leonard Zeskind

The November 16 murder of Ivan Khutorskoy in Moscow underscores the growing threat of ultra-nationalist violence in the Russian Federation. Khutorskoy, a well-known anti-fascist activist and a leader of the Red Anarchist Skinheads (RASH) group, was gunned down near the entrance...

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A Re-Birth at IREHR.org

Posted November 10, 2009 | 13:04:43 (EST)

A Re-Birth at IREHR.org,

A Personal Statement by Leonard Zeskind

The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is a different kind of organization.

We didn't hesitate to point at the racism motivating the Tea Party protests. We are dedicated to countering the...

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An Open Letter to Mark Lilla: Yes, We Should Take the Right Seriously

Posted September 25, 2009 | 17:21:47 (EST)

"The Republican Party and the political right will survive, but the conservative intellectual tradition is already dead." So argued Mark Lilla, author of The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West and several other highly regarded books. A professor at Columbia University and a former editor of The...

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On Health Care Hearings: A Little Perspective, Please

Posted August 14, 2009 | 15:58:25 (EST)

Most of the facts are well known by now. Democratic politicians returning to their home districts during the August recess have been met with a loud and angry opposition. Not in every instance, but in enough cases to make a difference, the conflict has exceeded the norms of civility....

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Preliminary Hearing for Scott Roeder Reveals Details

Posted July 28, 2009 | 21:18:06 (EST)

The Wichita district court room remained virtually empty today, with rows of seats behind the defense table sitting mostly vacant during the preliminary hearing for Scott Roeder, accused of murdering Dr. George Tiller on Sunday May 31. Judging from the testimony given by three men who served as ushers...

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After the July 4 Tea Parties, What Do They Mean?

Posted July 9, 2009 | 18:12:04 (EST)

In Houston, Texas the Tea Party was part protest and partly a statement of group identity. One sign read, "I'm the ProLife, gun toting Constitutionalist the DHS warned you about." Otherwise the 600 rallied against Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as a symbol of their discontent. In Austin, they booed Republican Senator...

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Rereading the Tea Leaves: July 4 Protests Will Include White Nationalists

Posted June 23, 2009 | 14:57:41 (EST)

On July 4, tens of thousands of mostly middle-class white people in hundreds of different cities will register their opposition to the Barack Obama presidency at Tea Party events from coast to coast. Mainline Republicans will be among the protestors. They might carry poster signs about the rapidly expanding national...

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Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Murder of Dr. Tiller

Posted June 2, 2009 | 10:56:48 (EST)

Scott Roeder, who is being held in a Wichita jail as a person of interest in the murder of Dr. George Tiller, is widely known for his anti-abortion zealotry. Less understood is his connection to the so-called Christian common law courts and the militia movement. In the mid-1990s, Roeder associated...

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It is Not the Economic Crisis, The Department of Homeland Security Gets It Wrong, Again.

Posted May 4, 2009 | 12:24:55 (EST)

It is Not the Economic Crisis,
The Department of Homeland Security Gets It Wrong, Again.

by Leonard Zeskind

Murder and mayhem motivated by white nationalist ideas never seem to end. In Brockton, Massachusetts in January, a 22-year old white man who lived with his mother and...

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