Friday, October 6, 2006

Columbia University Students Protest MinuteKlan

Check out the video (mad props to The Unapologetic Mexican).

The spirit of these protesters is reminiscent of a few of my comrades from back in the day at Cal State Fullerton, when Tom Metzger (of White Aryan Resistance and KKK notoriety) was using campus facilities to broadcast his brand of hatred. The back story:
In the spring of 1986, Titan reporter Dollie Ryan learned that Tom Metzger, a television repairman who had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan and a group called White Aryan Resistance, was taping a public access cable show on campus. The show, "Race and Reason," held white supremacist views. After the Titan broke the story, student protests forced him to take his show elsewhere.
As a CSUF alum who remembers quite well life behind the "Orange Curtain" (as the O.C. was known back then), it was a pleasant surprise that a relatively small but very persistent crew of people representing the Coalition Against Apartheid, Young Democrats, etc. could sustain a sufficient level of noise to chase the bastard out. The more the university administration tried to ignore the issue, the louder - and eventually larger - those protests became. It took sizeable posse of human rights student activists paying a visit to the office of then-President Jewel Plummer Cobb to seal the deal. As much as I tended to bag on the Daily Titan back in those days, the newspaper actually did a fair job of covering the controversy and telling our side of the story fairly, and of course I will never forget the lampooning of Metzger's show by the comic strip Terry The Mighty Iguana (the "Wheel of Bigotry" strip was a classic).

The MinuteKlan's Gilchrist is just spreading the same BS as old Tom Metzger - and it's good to know that there are some students who not only recognize white supremacists when they see 'em but are willing to stand and be counted by any means necessary.

We've touched on the MinuteKlan's white supramacist roots before: here, here, and here for example. Some other bloggers have provided excellent coverage of the Minutemen and their particular brand of racist hatred: Man Eegee, XicanoPwr, The Unapologetic Mexican, & David Neiwert come readily to mind. If you aren't reading them, you should be. And of course it goes without saying that if you aren't outraged, you ain't paying attention.

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