Neighbors marching in Iowa City on Monday had powerful message for the haters - “We will overcome.”
Demonstrators used the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance to call attention to the white supremacist literature found in several cities in Iowa in recent months. Most recently, residents in an Iowa City neighborhood said they received fliers last week showing a blonde woman under the heading, “love your race.”
Dozens of Iowa City protesters on Monday walked through the streets where the leaflets were found, carrying pro-peace signs and singing gospel songs.
The “love your race” leaflets included the logo and web address for National Alliance, which advocates “a government wholly committed to the service of our race and subject to no non-Aryan influence.”
American racists desperately are trying to put forth a friendly face. Modern white power activists claim they’re not anti-black, just pro-white; they’re not racial supremacists, just racial separatists; not prejudiced, just realist.
Yet the placement of the latest stunt in Iowa City this month proves their true intentions - to intimidate and terrorize people of color.
If pro-white organizers’ goal really was to unite like-minded people and generate pride among whites, they would have distributed their literature in predominantly white neighborhoods. Instead, they chose the southeast side of Iowa City, one of the most racially diverse areas in Iowa.
Users on the white nationalist message board Stormfront.org shared news coverage about the National Alliance fliers in Iowa City, and vowed more are on the way.
A user known as “Whiteheteromale” listed his location as Eastern Iowa and wrote, “What’s really lacking are those few men and women who will take a little bit of time and some resources and add their strength to ours,”
Another user wrote, “Now that they’re moving all the black trash from Chicago to Iowa, it seems like a fertile place to do it.”
Last year, leaflets with the National Alliance logo were also spotted in the Davenport area reading reading, “Missing … a future for white children.”
National Alliance organizers say in their statement of beliefs, “We believe that no multi-racial society can be a truly healthy society, and no government which is not wholly responsible to a single racial entity can be a good government.”
The materials found in Iowa can be downloaded from the internet and printed, so it’s unclear whether that group and others have sizeable followings here. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimated the National Alliance had declining membership and only 100 dues-paying members in 2007.
Even if a relatively small number of people are engaging in explicitly white supremacist activism, many others are flirting with it. Conservative political figures are using racist dog whistles in an attempt to quietly rally support from white power movement.
However, true conservatives recognize racism as an dangerous form of collectivism, the precise opposite of individualism, our most treasured value. It is our responsibility to defeat it.
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