An Oregon white supremacist who distributed “diversity is white genocide” flyers at a local high school had the unintended effect of inspiring the community to come out in force against his message. The people in Springfield held a rally to fight back against the hateful message pushed by a man calling himself Jimmy Marr, who showed up and publicly took credit for the hateful message.
Marr told members of the media that he was trying to “break through the media blackout with white genocide” and “get a chance to say my piece and get some exposure so they understand more about what white genocide is.” KMTR said Marr further explained that the United States was founded by white Europeans, and that minorities have altered our nation’s culture.
“Springfield is a dynamic, diverse community, it’s a wonderful place. So it’s critical that when a particular individual or community is targeted that the community comes together to have their backs,” said Michael Carrigan, program director for CALC, the group that organized the rally.
“There is no place for (those comments) here, we cannot continue to hate other people and so we need to make sure we are working together as a community in order to bring people together and let them know this is a safe place,” said Dr. Hertica Martin, the Superintendent of Springfield Schools.
Opponents to Marr’s hatemongering distributed flyers of their own — ones that read “Hate Free Zone.”
The phrase, popular with white supremacists, was part of a strategy developed by Bob Whitaker, a former Reagan congressional aid and Reagan administration appointee in the 1970s and 80s. Whitaker believed that the key to successful political propaganda was to develop simple slogans and repeat them endlessly — something that is heavily utilized by today’s Tea Party.
Marr is a contributing, or “sustaining” member of racist hate site Stormfront.