Sunday, September 4, 2011

Neo-Nazis and Anti-Neo-Nazis in Milwaukee

While I was going about my business yesterday in what some consider the "bad" or "dangerous" part of Milwaukee, it seems that there was a Neo-Nazis demonstration and a simultaneous protest against this group, which all took place in West Allis.  There does not seem to have been any major violence, however, on either side.  Five people were arrested; the West Allis Police, with help from the Milwaukee Police Department and the FBI, did a good job of making sure it was safe for everyone there. 

The demonstration was organized by the National Socialist Movement, of which I know very little.  I will share two thoughts, just based on my immediate impressions.  1. They seem to have very snappy uniforms, for an organization that does not admit homosexuals.
"Party Membership is open to non-Semitic heterosexuals' of European Descent. If you really care for your heritage and for the future of your family, race and nation, fill out a Membership Application today."

2. Those crosses on their armbands remind me of the seminary (of course I am referring to the shape of those old four-in-one study carrels at Walther Library).

But seriously, what struck me, when I watched clips of some of the speakers on the news, was just how surreal it is to hear these white supremacist statements coming from people who actually seem to mean it.  Really, they look like a caricature of themselves. 

Each race in modern America should have as its collective prayer, "God save us from our enemies, and from our friends."

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