Feb 3, 2010

Anti-ACORN Activist Attended Racist Conference

The anti-racism group One People's Project has a blockbuster that rightwing rising star James O’Keefe, attended a white supremacists' conference in 2006 held at a satellite building for the Georgetown University Law School in Claredon, Virgina, and O'Keefe manned a literature table full of anti-black, anti-Latino, and anti-Semitic literature.

"The truth shall set me free," said O'Keefe in a federal courthouse after being arrested for the attempted bugging of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-Louisiana) office. Guess again O'Keefe, now even the GOP won't have you though Fox News seems to have taken a shine to your ways.

From the One People's Project:

Interesting what could have been - or not have been - had we caught this four years ago. Back then, there was this white supremacist forum that we had called attention to and eventually attended that featured American Renaissance's Jared Taylor and National Review's homophobe extraordinaire John Derbyshire.

Max Blumenthal picks up the O'Keefe-outed-as racist story at Salon:

Many of the conservatives who gleefully promoted James O’Keefe’s past political stunts are feigning shock at his arrest on charges that he and three associates planned to tamper with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's phone lines. Once upon a time, right-wing pundits hailed the 25-year-old O’Keefe as a creative genius and model of journalistic ethics. Andrew Breitbart, who has paid O’Keefe, called him was one of the all-time ‘great journalists’ and said he deserved a Pulitzer for his undercover ACORN video. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly declared he should have earned a ‘congressional medal.’

His right-wing admirers don't seem to mind that O’Keefe's short but storied career has been defined by a series of political stunts shot through with racial resentment. Now an activist organization that monitors hate groups has produced a photo of O'Keefe at a 2006 conference on "Race and Conservatism" that featured leading white nationalists. The photo, first published Jan. 30 on the Web site of the anti-racism group One People's Project, shows O’Keefe at the gathering, which was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership Institute, which employed O'Keefe at the time, withdrew its backing. But O'Keefe and fellow young conservative provocateur Marcus Epstein soldiered on to give anti-Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism an opportunity to share their grievances and plans to make inroads in the GOP.

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