HuffPost: Loughner may have ties to hate group American Renaissance

According to Elise Foley, reporting at Huffington Post, the alleged shooter of Congresswoman Giffords and several others, may have ties to the hate group American Renaissance. The source is a leaked memo from DHS. Huff Post:

Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on Saturday, may have ties to anti-Semitic, anti-immigration hate group American Renaissance, according to a leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security.

It’s unclear whether Loughner maintains a direct connection to the group, however, “strong suspicion is being directed” at American Renaissance in the wake of the group being referenced in Loughner’s Myspace and YouTube videos, according to the memo, which was obtained by Fox News. [!]

American Renaissance is a white nationalist group that operates under a pseudo think tank called the New Century Foundation. The group runs a magazine and conferences based on eugenics and the superiority of whites, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.

The group considers its members to be “racial-realists,” according to an “About Us” section on the American Renaissance magazine website. “Attempts to gloss over the significance of race or even to deny its reality only make problems worse,” the group writes. “Progress requires the study of all aspects of race, whether historical, cultural, or biological. This approach is known as race realism.” … American Renaissance is opposed to the entry of non-whites into the United States and supports Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law[.]

Among other intriguing bits, the article notes that American Renaissance has some (rather complicated) anti-Semitic ties, that Giffords was a standard Blue Dog with respect to immigration (supports DREAM, supports “comprehensive immigration reform, including increased border security”) and is herself Jewish.

Lots to digest.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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