Saturday, June 20, 2009

Minuteman Founder Arrested for Murder of Mexican Family.

I've been meaning to write about this for awhile now:

The leader of the Minuteman American Defense group is in an Arizona jail Saturday following his arrest on suspicion of the murders of Raul Flores, 29, and Brisenia Flores, 8, during a home invasion. Three people have been arrested in connection with last months deadly double homicide in Arivaca that left a nine-year-old and her father dead [both of Mexican heritage]. One of the people arrested for the homicide is the National Executive Director of the Minuteman American Defense group (M.A.D.), a group known for patrolling the border, and is dedicated to "Defending America's Borders"

The NBC affiliate goes on to say that the family's mother survived the attack and even fired back when the assailants returned. "Sheriff [Clarence] Dupnik adds, 'To just kill a 9-year old girl because she could be a potential witness, to me, is one of the most despicable acts I have ever heard of,'" the station reported.

The mission of Forde's group is to secure U.S. borders and coastal boundaries from unlawful entry, as well as to "increase the awareness of the devastation caused by illegal immigration to our state and country," according to the group's Web site. MAD sends volunteers to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona for the purpose of "gathering exclusive footage of drug cartel drug smuggling and humane trafficking (sic)," Forde wrote on the site.

TPJ: Yet again another right-wing extremist group has been linked with violence, which is yet more proof that the DHS memo issued recently warning of right-wing extremist threats was on target. In this instance the memo specifically warned against the high possibility of violence perpetrated by groups concerned about illegal immigration. I have long believed that anti-Mexican and Latino sentiments are deeply intertwined with these "Minutemen" border groups. I'm certain that many, many of them (not all of course) are trying to veil their hatred and bigotry toward brown people within the argument of defending nationalism.

Not sure if the victims were illegal immigrants but if so then perhaps they chose to rob them because of their status thinking that they'd be less likely to involve the authorities for fear of deportation. Easy targets so to speak. Besides the obvious racial targeting. The following are examples of racism from the Minutemen group, which claims not to be racist, bigoted and a right-wing extremist group:

Known Neo-NAZI groups have been seen associated with the Minutemen projects including the National Alliance. During one month long watch project along the border, "At least four-fifths of volunteers did carry weapons, and almost none were checked for permits. Racist talk abounded. And at least some neo-Nazis and other racists did join in Gilchrist's project. The presence of Alliance members was not much of a surprise, and there were likely more than that pair. In fact, National Alliance pamphlets were distributed in Tombstone and this predominantly Hispanic community just two days before the Minuteman Project got going. "Non-Whites are turning America into a Third World slum," they read.

"We're not going to show up as a group and say, 'Hi, we're the National Alliance,'" National Alliance spokesman Shawn Walker told Tucson's KVOA news before the April 2005 Minutemen border patrol. "But we have members of ours that participate."

-One well-known extremist did appear. Armored in a flak jacket and packing a .38-caliber snub-nosed revolver, Joe McCutchen joined other volunteers patrolling the barbed wire fence separating the United States and Mexico near Bisbee, Ariz.

McCutchen is the recently appointed chairman of Protect Arkansas Now, a group seeking to pass legislation that would deny public benefits to undocumented workers in that state. More to the point, he was identified by the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens as a member in 2001 — a charge he denies, though he admits that he did give a speech that year to the group that has described blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity." As recently as summer 2003, McCutchen wrote anti-Semitic letters to his hometown newspaper in Fort Smith, Ark.

"A lot of these people coming in, they're diseased," McCutchen told one group of fellow volunteers, who treated him like a visiting celebrity. "They've got tuberculosis, leprosy. I mean, you don't even want to touch them unless you're wearing gloves. So why the hell should we pay our taxes to cure them?"

Joanne Yoon sued Carney and Schwilk for $1 million after the men circulated photos of her in late 2006 along with comments referring to her as “the Korean anorexic ACLU slut.” But that didn’t stop Carney from sending a mass E-mail to SDMM members suggesting that Yoon was interested in protecting the civil rights of Mexican immigrants because of her fondness for “Brown Schlong.”

-Then there is this video showing minutemen protesting an Obama event calling the Latino guy racists names such as "wet back" and "beaner."

-Although this group [San Diego Minute Men] publicly maintains that it is not racist and opposes only illegal immigration, the candid communications among its members frequently describe immigrants as “cockroaches” and “Third-World animals,” among other pejorative terms. One e-mail from June 2007 says group members would “need a portable battery operated freezer...for store of filets, hams and ribs of well-marbled border crossers ” during an outing to stop illegal border crossers.

TPJ: The top leaders of the national Minutemen have to be P.C. and play the P.R. game and say they aren't a racist group. However, doing some basic research one realizes their organization's rank and file members are racist to the bone and exhibit dangerous, extremist language and behavior.

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Jim Gilchrist said...

From Jim Gilchrist,President, Minuteman Project, Inc.

Your comments about Jeff Schwilk, the delusional, self-glorifiying leader of the San Diego Minutemen (SDMM) are right on point.

The Minuteman Project has been encouraging Schwilk to resign from the minuteman activist movement. He is truly an embarrassment and he is diametrically opposed to any peaceful and respectable resolution to the chaotic neglect of U.S. immigration laws.

While the Minuteman Project, Inc. has been successful in shutting down at least two other vehemently white supremacist organizations, the San Diego Minutemen lingers on, albeit much seaker than it used to be.

Schwilk was convicted of malicious defamation ina San Diego court three weeks ago, and deservedly so. He was ordered to pay at least $135,000 to Ms. Yoon, the victim and plaintiff.

I have distanced my Minuteman Project organization from Schwilk's rogue band of racial extremists, as well as from other racist groups like the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) and the Los Angeles-based Save Our State (SOS). Each of these groups routinely refer to illegal aliens AND non-white U.S.citizens as "wetbacks"..."cockroaches"...andthe "N" word.

Such discriminatory practices do not fit into the agenda of the Minuteman Project and only hinder the solution to our nation's immigration problems.

Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project, Inc. -- A multi-ethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group --

Anonymous said...

The minutemen are scuttling for cover now. They are exposed for the racists they truly are and the cowards they really are.

How many deaths they are responsible for is unknown. Destroying water sources left by good samaritans and allowing migrants to die in the desert is one technique.

Blaming migrants for American workers economic woes and fanning the flames of hatred towards brown skinned migrant workers is another.

They don't have the guts to address the corporate greed that has caused people to cross borders and risk their lives and for American workers to lose their jobs. They would rather attack the vulnerable and poor. MINUTEmen are truly disgusting.