According to a report from MLive, in the past two years, white supremacists in Michigan appear to have been emboldened as attacks on people of color and Jews have increased according to to number compiled by the Antidefamation League.
While most attention on Michigan has been centered on a far-right extremist plot to kidnap, try and execute Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) after the arrest of 13 men last October, MLive is reporting that race-based violence and vandalism is wracking the state.
"The Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit watchdog group, reported a 240% increase in antisemitic incidents in the last five years. White supremacist groups are also stepping up efforts to recruit young men across Michigan," the report states before adding, "The FBI recorded 434 hate crimes reported in Michigan in 2019; 313 were motivated by race or ethnicity. Data for 2020 is not yet available."
According to the report, those numbers likely don't tell the whole story.
MLive reports, "Assistant Attorney General Sunita Doddamani, head of Michigan's Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism Unit, said the numbers only show a small part of the story. Hate crimes are vastly underreported. Often only the most violent incidents result in criminal convictions," before adding that the COVID pandemic may have be helping fuel many of the newer attacks.
"Misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic fueled conspiracy theories about sinister government elites profiting off the situation," the report notes before adding, "The ADL also recorded a steep rise in anti-Asian sentiment after public figures blamed China for unleashing the coronavirus>
"Meanwhile, an old-school form of messaging flourished while social interactions were limited by the coronavirus pandemic. White supremacist propaganda increased by 36% increase since 2019," the report states.
"The ADL found white supremacist propaganda was distributed in 54 communities across Michigan. Propaganda associated with five different white supremacist groups were identified, including two neo-Nazi groups and a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan."
White supremacists are also finding fertile ground by targeting younger people with Carolyn Normandin, regional director of ADL Michigan, explaining, "They are looking for an easy way to call like-minded people to them. (They're) looking for disengaged young people, men 18 to 28 years old, who don't have a lot of friends and are looking for sort of a brotherhood."
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An Alaska high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave over comments she made during a class discussion on police shootings, KUAC reports.
Video posted to YouTube last week show a woman identified as Connie Gardner arguing her case to students about the police killing of Daunte Wright and Ma'Khia Bryant, saying that the media disproportionately focuses on shootings carried about by white police officers. At one point, she mentions George Floyd, saying that while she did not agree with Derek Chauvin's actions, Floyd's failure to comply led to his death.
"I do not agree that the Chauvin guy was right — I think he abused his authority, and I think he went too far. And I think that he was complicit in George Floyd's death. I think that there were many factors that contributed to it, and that was one of them," Gardner says. "But if George Floyd had ... just sidled into the car, slid in there, and let them put his legs in, he would be alive today and you know that's true."
"So that's my message to you ... If any of you find yourself in a situation where you are — justly or unjustly — being addressed by the police and ordered to do something, please comply. Do not fight the cops. Don't try to run away," she said.
"Here's the thing too," she continued. "Look at how you guys are dressed. You guys are dressed nicely — you don't look like thugs. You don't have your pants down around your knees."
It was at that point someone pushed back at Gardner's comments, saying that the say someone is dressed shouldn't determine how they're treated by police.
A woman who recorded the video also spoke out, telling Gardner she was a woman of color who had experienced racism and said the teacher was "uneducated" and unable "to address these things that are going on in the world today" due to the fact that she's white.
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The one-term twice-impeached former president, Donald Trump, is going on tour, bringing the nation more white nationalist MAGA rallies just months after his last one resulted in a march on the Capitol in an attempted coup that ended in death and destruction and hundreds of arrests of rioters and insurrectionists.
The Republican Party, Axios reports, has made the decision that Trumpism has won, as it abandons its previous "conservative" identity. And Trumpism includes MAGA rallies.
Even if Trump isn't currently running for office, he will be endorsing candidates desperate for his help. Trumpism is reportedly even stronger within state and local politics than at the national level.
"Trump senior adviser Jason Miller tells Axios Trump rallies are likely to 'start as soon as late spring or early summer,'" Axios reports, adding that Miller said Trump "has already begun to vet and endorse candidates for 2022, with an eye toward electing not just Republican candidates, but America First Republican candidates."
"His endorsement lifts candidates above the pack and often clears the primary field," Miller said. "The general election endorsement provides access to 'Trump voters' not normally accessible to Republicans."
Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson weighs in on the report:
1/ Those of you thinking Trump will go away if you call him “the former guy" miss the point; you cannot wish him away. It's politically naïve and borders on juvenile.
The evidence is piling up: Trump's iron grip over the GOP has been institutionalized https://t.co/SdCBnk8DhG — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 7, 2021
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