Friday, June 06, 2008

Daily Oklahoman "Diversity" Reporter Devona Walker Publishes Hit Piece On National Socialist Movement And Immigration Activists

The political plutocracy in America employs every possible strategem to promote open borders. Most frequently, they will target groups who oppose mass immigration in general, and illegal immigration in particular.

First, they attempt to split the immigration reform movement by identifying those activists who are explicitly "pro-white" and portraying them as "white supremacist", "neo-Nazi", "skinhead", etc, in order to scare mainstream people away from taking a stand against illegal immigration. Then they will deliberately misrepresent the pro-white activists as being "haters", presenting isolated examples of unorganized hooliganism as typical of pro-white political activism.

And the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City is the latest media outlet to engage in this sort of misrepresentation. Devona Walker, derided by some Oklahomans as the paper's "diversity" reporter, has published an article about the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and the immigration reform movement in Oklahoma which can be best characterized as a hit piece. Armed with Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) propaganda, she attempts to present these groups in an unfavorable light. Here's the first excerpt from her article:

One of the largest and arguably most dangerous hate groups in the nation has been strengthening its once flailing ranks, using immigration as a main recruitment tool. “It is one of our major, if not the major issue for recruitment. We find that it's an issue you can raise with your co-workers, your fellow students and your fellow churchgoers. It applies to almost anyone,” said Sean McBride, national recruitment coordinator for the Michigan-based National Socialist Movement, reportedly the nation's largest neo-Nazi group.

Most members of the movement against illegal immigration are concerned with the continued flow of undocumented immigrants, and the effect on the economy, culture and national security. It's an issue that sparked Oklahoma to pass House Bill 1804, largely considered the toughest and most comprehensive immigration enforcement statute in the nation.

Reform proponents argue that associating the mainstream movement with the small fringe is a transparent tactic to discredit their concerns and end the debate.

The fringe elements on either side really are counterproductive to meaningful immigration reform,” said Bob Dane, communications director for the Federation of American Immigration Reform. “They are not going to co-opt this immigration reform movement because they don't represent American interest. They are not part of our culture and our heritage.”

FAIR has tried to distance itself from the fringe, decrying bias and re-affirming talking points that target policy as opposed to people. FAIR is one of the most sourced think tanks on immigration issues, and helped pen HB 1804.

We are no more against immigrants than a person on a diet is antifood,” Dane said “We are a mainstream group promoting mainstream values. We have no regard for groups that are based on bias, hate or discrimination. Any type of hate crime is unacceptable. Hate groups must be condemned.”

The Oklahoman then briefly describes the state of the NSM's Oklahoma City unit:

The National Socialist Movement's Oklahoma City chapter opened about four years ago, at the same time the state's Hispanic population began to grow. The vast majority of new recruits point to immigration, said Ken Sponburg, the chapter's founder. “There's a lot of people that are tired of it, but they don't know where to find like-minded people,” Sponburg said. “This issue is going to come down to one thing: And that's going to be race.”


The National Socialist Movement saw a noticeable bump in membership shortly after immigrant groups staged protest across the nation. Before that, the movement got very few phone calls from Oklahoma. Since then, there's been a marked increase.

But even more troubling than membership increases in the National Socialist Movement and the Ku Klux Klan has been the resurgence in “racist skinhead groups,” which are less organized and much more underground and that have a greater tendency for violence.

Devona Walker then concludes her article by citing increases in reported hate crimes, particular against Hispanics, as "proof" that the immigration reform movement is "hate-based". Of course, she fails to mention that the concept of hate crimes and the subsequent legislative application is fairly recent, meaning that any reported "increase" may be just as attributable to an increase in reporting rather than an increase in activity. Another factor which may contribute to an "increase" in hate crimes is expanding the definitions of such crimes, which will invariably increase the number of reports.

HB1804 (Word version HERE, HTML version HERE) has been the primary focal point of the immigration debate within Oklahoma, and has exposed a major divide between Oklahoma's business elite and the mainstream population. According to another article in the Oklahoman, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The State Chamber, the Oklahoma City and Tulsa chambers of commerce, and the Oklahoma restaurant and hotel and lodging associations all contended that the law places unreasonable burdens on businesses, and filed a lawsuit on February 1st, using the National Chamber Litigation Center.

The groups' lawsuit still is pending in federal court in Oklahoma City, even though U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron agreed to halt enforcement of a provision of the new law that would have required companies to verify the eligibility status of all new employees. That provision was set to go into effect July 1st. The objective is to undermine HB1804 piece by piece, and illustrates that although the illegals are the problem, America's political and economic elite are clearly deliberate and conscious enablers of the problem. They act by design rather than out of ignorance.

And the comments posted to Devona Walker's story further illustrate the divide. Out of 18 comments so far, 10 are at least clearly supportive of HB1804, and some are even sympathetic towards the NSM. Since one must register on the site to post comments, that increases the credibility of the reaction. Here's a small sampling:

It's the whites who are under assault, to the point a good many walk around apologizing just for being white. I say screw being politically correct. The most racist people I've seen are latinos.
Rufus, spencer - Jun 6, 2008 2:39 PM

If it ain't white, it ain't right!
Indianz, Winnebago - Jun 6, 2008 1:59 PM

I feel like I need to clarify myself . When I said sign me up for a group I meant a group that is against being here illegally (NOT) a hate group. I don't believe that people hate illegal immigrants. I think they hate that they won't follow the law and feel like they disrespect us by doing so.
Jimmy, Sandy Shores - Jun 6, 2008 1:54 PM

Well if this is the case you would think the illegals would hurry up and leave before they get hurt. This story is the same old BS from Devonna the Illegal Walker. Sign me up for a group please.
Jimmy, Sandy Shores - Jun 6, 2008 1:13 PM

Another slanted piece of pc "journalism' from the "diversity reporter"..Devona the Dupe Walker.Is this shallow shill angling for a job with the nuts at the SPLC?
charles, tulsa - Jun 6, 2008 12:14 PM

I have a really great idea. I don't like paying for all the social services the illegals use so, I suggest anyone who thinks there is noting wrong with someone coming into a country illegally and using these services just cough up my protion of taxes that go toward these services? I am sure they wouldn't mind doing this because they want to encourage more illegals to come. Maybe Devonna would like to pay my portion? If this makes me a member of a hate group, so be it. I will just have to find a name for my new hate group of one member. So there Devonna.
Paris, Oklahoma City - Jun 6, 2008 10:03 AM

The government said the number of unemployed people grew by 861,000 in May -- rising to 8.5 million. The over-the-month jump in unemployment reflected more workers losing their jobs as well as an increase in those coming into the job market -- especially younger people -- to look for work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Most likely displaced by the 20 million illegals that work for peanuts Devonna.
Rufus, spencer - Jun 6, 2008 9:47 AM

you obviously have the internet available, Percy. I saw the number and feared the SPLC was using a most liberal definition of the term "hate group." Not so. They merely inflate their numbers by counting each individual chapter (many probably with one or two members) of teh idiot Klan. Similarly with the Nazi clowns. They count 3 in Tulsa, all Nazis. Probably mostly the same ten-twenty morons. They count five Klan chapters across the state. They bear watching, but the Center's numbers are inflated. And they don't even count the ACLU.
Floyd R, Purtle - Jun 6, 2008 7:15 AM

"Diversity Reporter Strikes Again!" should be the headline for every Devona Walker story.
Justin, Oklahoma City - Jun 6, 2008 7:02 AM

once again ms walker is spouting allowing criminals are so good. why do they break our laws continuously? if you state the truth you are a hate group. we will have deportation and soon, either walking across the border or flat on the back, it does not matter. the criminals will be removed from within our borders
richard, oklahoma city - Jun 6, 2008 6:46 AM

The National Socialist Movement expresses their activism in a strictly legal fashion. At their rallies, NSM cadre and their supporters scrupulously obey the law. I cannot remember the last time an NSM member was arrested for misbehaving at a rally. So the attempt to demonize the NSM has failed once again. I have exposed this failure for the world to see.

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