Saturday, November 12, 2005
The Kingston Duo
As if Toledo wasn't enough, the not so dynamic duo of broadcast hate plan to team up in Kingston, New York on Novemeber 19, 2005. Hal Turner and Michael Blevins plan on taking to the streets to protest problems at a local high school.
For weeks Hal Turner has been trying to one-up the National Socialist Movement and create his own disturbance. After staging what the racist right is calling a "huge success" in Toledo last month, all eyes have been on the NSM in general, and on Bill White in particular. The very fact that the Nazi's didn't even march yet managed to spark a riot, has racists across America clapping their hands and doing a dance.
Turner, not to be outdone, wants a little of the spotlight as well. After reports that a white student had been severely beaten up by a black student at a Kingston high school aired, Hal Turner decided to do what he thinks he does best - stir the pot. One of his staunchest supporters, Nazi Jim Leshkevich, contacted the mother of the victim and she appeared on Turner's weekly radio show.
Later, the mother would complain that she didn't know that Turner and friend were Nazi's and she disavowed all that they stood for saying that Hal was crazy. It certainly didn't help much when Turner published the suggestion that Halloween was a great time to commit murders because you could be in disguise legitamtely.
At one point, the mother contacted anti-racist One People's Project and wrote a letter claiming that she is not in any way affiliated with a racist group and that she simply wants to find a solution to the violence that is taking place at the school.
Once Turner was put on notice that the mother wanted nothing to do with him he cancelled the rally. This brought him great derision from his already eroding audience. Like Bill White, Hal Turner who is always seeking attention, has lost favor with a good many of those in the rank and file. Some who were quick to rancor over this cancellation claimed that it was more because Hal couldn't get anyone to commit to attending than it was because the mother had backed down.
Hal's initial idea had been not to publicly announce the day and time of the rally and to just show up in front of the school. This brought a great deal of angst upon the city leaders and local law-enforcement. A couple of weeks ago, he leaked a day and time and law-enforcement showed up in force to a rally that never happened. Getting quite a bit of amusement from his own stunt, Turner crowed about it on his website. He didn't get quite the approval that he hoped he would from his buddies, however. Many claimed that he had embarrassed them.
The mother of the young victim, anguished over her son's injuries, once again appeared on Turner's show. That night Hal Turner promised a rally on Novemeber 19, at 12:00 noon.
Michael Blevins, aka "The Racist With a Microphone," begged off attending as he lives in Florida and finances are tight. That may very well have something to do with him being exposed for broadcasting his racist radio show from house where his wife also runs a daycare center. Since Blevins is also viewed with a great amount of disdain among the general membership of racist extremists, he was also met with a great deal of derision over his lack of attendance at major events. A couple of days ago, he capitulated and agreed to make the trip.
We have no idea of what will transpire in Kingston on the 19th, but one thing is for certain - the racists will be met with a fair amount of opposition. Antifa from around the area have already put out the call to action and the community, itself, is up in arms at the thought of such a thing taking place on their streets. I only hope that the event remains peaceful and that the Nazi's are told that hate is not a Kingston value.
Posted by Nikki at 11/12/2005 07:41:00 PM