BLOOD IN THE FACE
"The members of America's racist right inhabit a murky world of conspiracy, suspicion and paranoia. There are not one but several Ku Klux Klans, pockets of goose-stepping Nazis in the American heartland, extremist outlaws tied to groups like Posse Comitatus, Aryan Nations, skinheads and a host of others. There is the White Aryan Resistance, which last year was assessed $3 million in punitive damages in a civil suit for inducing skinhead thugs to beat an Ethiopian man to death on the streets of Seattle in 1988; there are the ministers of the Christian Identity movement who preach that Jews are the sons of Satan, and there are all sorts of racist cousins preaching hate under different names. Even for journalists who cover these groups, it is hard to know who's who. Fortunately, James Ridgeway, the Washington correspondent for The Village Voice, has written an excellent overview of the subject, BLOOD IN THE FACE: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture. The provocative title refers to one racist formula for distinguishing who is "Aryan" and who is not: whether the person blushes, or gets "blood in the face." Mr. Ridgeway includes this and other tidbits in "Blood in the Face," which is almost a guidebook through the nether regions of the racist universe. Here is the Order, a splinter group of the Aryan Nations, whose adherents machine-gunned the Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg in 1984. Here is Gordon Kahl, a member of Posse Comitatus who was involved in a shoot-out that left three law enforcement officers dead before he was shot to death in 1983 in Arkansas. Here are the preachers, the Kluxers, the fighters and the talkers, the panoply of the racial right.
--WAYNE KING, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Ridgeway traces the evolution of the 'racialist right' in American politics up to George [H.W.] Bush's bid for the presidency, which, the author asserts, had the issue of race at its very foundation. With startling detail, this volume sets forth the violent histories of such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan, founded in 1866 by six former Confederate soldiers; the John Birch Society, an anti-civil rights group masquerading as an anti-Communist force; and the Posse Comitatus, whose members gather in posses to "protect" the white race from the scourge of Jews, blacks and other minorities. Examining their influence on the political climate of the U.S., Ridgeway profiles such leaders as David Dukes, the former head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana who ran for the Senate in 1990."
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