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November 21, 2018

Documenting Hate: New American Nazis. PBS Frontline episode from last night.


Our reporting has helped lead to multiple arrests, and tonight, we’ll bring you our second film in this series: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis.

Premiering at a special time (9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST – check local PBS listings), it’s an investigation of a violent neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military, and that calls for racially-motivated “lone wolf” attacks like the shooting last month at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. In fact, our reporting in the past few days has shown that authorities are looking at the online relationship between the accused synagogue shooter and two neo-Nazi brothers with a connection to Atomwaffen.

ProPublica and A.C. are long-time collaborators with FRONTLINE. We turned to them after they established “Documenting Hate,” a cross-platform effort aimed at collecting and verifying hate crimes and bias incidents across the country.

“One thing that surprised me was the hard turn towards anti-Semitism among young people in the current white supremacist movement,” A.C. told me. “In the early days of this white power revival — say 2015, 2016 — the movement was animated by a discomfort with immigration and the changing demographics in America and disdain for Muslims. But pretty quickly the movement became immersed in anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, the same sort of twisted lore and logic that had motivated the hardcore racist fringe during the 1980s and 1990s — and for many, many years before that.”

November 10, 2018

Debra Messing Joins Alyssa Milano in Denouncing Women's March

Will & Grace star Debra Messing is the latest to speak out against the Women's March and the fact that its leaders, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland, refuse to distance themselves from the vitriolic anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic Louis Farrakhan.

Thursday night, Messing tweeted out an article from The Advocate in which #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano said she would not speak at the next Women's March as long as its leaders refuse to condemn Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan's anti-Semitism

“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately,” Milano told The Advocate last week when asked if she would speak at the next Women's March, given leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour's association with a man who warrants his own page from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. “I would say no at this point. Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them."

Farrakhan's hatred of Jewish and LGBTQ people is well documented.


November 7, 2018

Alyssa Milano condemns Women's March for refusing to condemn Louis Farrakhan

Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano says she wants nothing to do with the national Women’s March amid the group’s continued refusal to denounce the racist and anti-Semitic rantings of Louis Farrakhan.

“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed,” Ms. Milano told The Advocate in a recent interview, adding that she’s “disappointed” in the Women’s March leaders who have failed to denounce the Nation of Islam leader.

Mr. Farrakhan, an admitted admirer of Adolf Hitler who has a long history of making racist, anti-Semitic comments, came under fire most recently for comparing Jews to termites. Women’s March cochair Tamika Mallory proudly sat in the audience during one of Mr. Farrakhan’s bigoted rants earlier this year and praised him on social media as the “greatest of all time.” Ms. Mallory has refused to denounce Mr. Farrakhan despite continued backlash.

Women’s March Co-chair Linda Sarsour defended Ms. Mallory and also refused to denounce Mr. Farrakhan or his statements. The organization was widely criticized after issuing a tepid response saying Mr. Farrakhan’s values did not align with theirs.


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