Palm Beach County "Hate Groups" May Influence Local Policy
|Derek Black of Stormfront, one of the hate groups identified at Monday's meeting|
Bailey said the presentation was "the culmination of conversations" had during an informal reading group at the Night Heron Community Center over several months. They'd identified four major groups working in the area, among them, Stormfront, a white nationalist organization headed by ex-KKK grand wizard Don Black and his son Derek, who now has a radio show on WPBR -- the younger Black has made several runs for a seat on the Palm Beach County Republican Party's Executive Committee.
Bailey also identified NordWave, an extremist offshoot of Stormfront, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) as hate groups that had "consistently advocated public policy decisions." In Lake Worth, Bailey said, FAIR had opposed temporary protective status for Haitians affected by the earthquake, and added that on its web site FAIR boasts about its influence on Lake Worth officials. Bailey also pointed to Jessica Deitrich, a Lake Worth resident who heads the group "White Revolution Florida." Deitrich, who self-identifies as a "racialist," has said that gays have made the city of Lake Worth and its schools "recruiting grounds."
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Bailey summarized the issues this way: the presence of hate groups, apart from any political pressure they may exert, results in "hate crimes, wage theft, racial profiling, and a general climate of fear and mistrust."
After much discussion, the board agreed to host a special meeting on May 24th to discuss Palm Beach County's new ICE-backed "Secure Communities Initiative," a program "that will help identify and remove criminal aliens from the United States." At least, that's how ICE puts it.
Bailey and her reading group think the initiative will further terrorize Lake Worth residents. And as we saw last week when an innocent Pompano working man was picked up during an ICE raid and held in detention for eight days, there's room for error in these enforcement actions.
The psychological effect of seeing friends, family, and neighbors dragged into white vans in the early morning hours is another story. It's a story Bailey and her group may tell in future talks with the CRB.