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FTR #271 The Hazard of Dukes

MP3 One Seg­ment
NB: This RealAu­dio stream con­tains FTRs 271 and 272 in sequence. Each is a 30-minute broad­cast.

1. This broad­cast opens with dis­cus­sion of for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Duke has recent­ly been active in Rus­sia, where he is mar­ket­ing an anti-Semit­ic tract. (“Ex-Klans­man David Duke Sets His Sights on Russ­ian Big­ots” by John Daniszews­ki; Los Ange­les Times; 1/6/2001; p. A2.)

2. With an intro­duc­tion writ­ten by a for­mer min­is­ter in the gov­ern­ment of Boris Yeltsin, the book is on sale in a store imme­di­ate­ly adja­cent to the Duma (the Russ­ian par­lia­ment.) (Idem.)

3. The bulk of the broad­cast deals with Attor­ney Gen­er­al-des­ig­nate John Ashcroft’s liaisons with ele­ments of the neo-Con­fed­er­ate move­ment, as well as his sup­port for a white suprema­cist accused of plot­ting to mur­der an FBI agent and a fed­er­al wit­ness.

4. Ashcroft has expressed sup­port for Con­fed­er­ate gen­er­als Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jack­son and Con­fed­er­ate pres­i­dent Jef­fer­son Davis. (“Unseem­ly Alliances” by Bob Her­bert; New York Times; 1/18/2001; p. A31.)

5. The peri­od­i­cal in which he expressed this sup­port (South­ern Quar­ter­ly Par­ti­san Review) has also endorsed David Duke. (Idem.)

6. If Ashcroft becomes the top law-enforce­ment offi­cial in the Unit­ed States, it could lead to a pro­lif­er­a­tion of peo­ple with views like David Duke’s. (Hence, the title of this broad­cast.)

7. In addi­tion to going to bat for the likes of Lee, Jack­son, Davis and Duke, the South­ern Par­ti­san has attacked Abra­ham Lin­coln and endorsed his assas­si­na­tion. (“Set­ting the Record Straight: Attor­ney Gen­er­al Praised White Suprema­cist Mag­a­zine;” Media Advi­so­ry issued by Fair­ness and Accu­ra­cy in Report­ing.)

8. In addi­tion, South­ern Par­ti­san has endorsed slav­ery and attacked Jews, Ital­ians, Irish, Puer­to Ricans, Cuban-Amer­i­cans, East­ern Euro­peans, fem­i­nists and gays. (Idem.)

9. One of the bet­ter pub­li­cized aspects of the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing Ashcroft’s nom­i­na­tion con­cerns his crit­i­cism of Judge Ron­nie White (an African-Amer­i­can) as “pro-crim­i­nal.” (“Ashcroft Unfair in His Crit­i­cism, Judge Says” by Zachary Coile and Louis Freed­berg; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 1/19/2001; pp. A1-A19.)

10. This crit­i­cism is grotesque in light of the fact that Ashcroft him­self has been very vocal in sup­port of an ultra-right­ist accused of plot­ting to mur­der an FBI agent and a fed­er­al wit­ness. (“Why Did Ashcroft Try to Help Dr. Sell?” by Joe Cona­son; New York Observ­er; 1/18/2001; p. 5.)

11. Con­vict­ed of defraud­ing Med­ic­aid, Dr. Charles T. Sell alleged­ly plot­ted to mur­der the FBI agent who arrest­ed him and a fed­er­al wit­ness. (Idem.)

12. Sell counts both Ashcroft, and the white-suprema­cist Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cil among his sup­port­ers. (Idem.)

13. The lat­ter is an overt­ly racist and pro-fas­cist group that regards African-Amer­i­cans to be infe­ri­or, glo­ri­fies the Con­fed­er­ate States of the Amer­i­can Civ­il War. The CCC inter­faces with a num­ber of fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Nation­al Alliance. The CCC has enjoyed the sup­port of promi­nent repub­li­cans, such as Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Trent Lott. (Idem.)


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