Is there a link between Neo-Nazis, Birthers, Tea Party enthusiasts and mainstream conservatism? The producers of this video think there is.
White Power USA was produced for Al-Jazeera English by American journalists drawing on the same sources you would expect to see in the mainstream press. Except, for some reason, the MSM hasn’t shown much interest in the racist roots of the Tea Party crowd.
The White Power leaders depicted in this documentary are desperate for media attention. Although groups displaying the swastika and the stars-n-bars are enjoying rapid membership growth, most extremists have learned to mainstream the message.
The producers of “White Power USA” aren’t suggesting that everyone involved in America’s most dynamic populist movement is racist. But can mainstream Christian conservatives attend Tea Party events without noticing the overtly racist symbols and sentiments on display?
Those following my posts on the Curtis Flowers case will be particularly interested in the extended interview with Council of Conservative Citizens co-founder Gordon Baum. Members of a CCC chapter in northern Mississippi also get a few minutes of camera time. If we’re known by the company we keep, Senator Lydia Chassaniol needs to find better company.
In this post-9-11 world, some won’t be interested in viewing a documentary associated with Al Jazeera, and that’s okay. On the other hand, this may be the perfect time to heed the gentle call of Wee Robbie Burns: “O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.”