New York, NY, June 16, 2009 … President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has unleashed a fusillade of anti-Semitic and anti-Hispanic vitriol among white supremacists and racists angry at the nomination of the first Hispanic to the high court.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said domestic extremists typically exploit current events to demonize non-whites and, especially, Jews. But the level of hatred and numerous conspiracy theories generated by the Sotomayor nomination is particularly intense.
White supremacists and anti-Semites have flooded Internet sites with messages charging the Sotomayor nomination is the result of "Jewish power" and conspiracy theories about Jewish control of the government and media.
"As outrageous as it sounds, some far-right extremists are convinced that Judge Sotomayor's nomination is little more than an attempt to 'destroy the white race,'" said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "While such sentiments are far from the mainstream, they come at a time where white supremacist groups are agitated over a number of domestic developments, including the election of the first African-American president, and eagerly looking for scapegoats. As we witnessed with the recent white supremacist shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, such views are dangerous and can have real world consequences."
In their online writings, white supremacists argue that "Jewish power" was responsible for Sotomayor's nomination and her previous career success; that Sotomayor is herself Jewish, or, in the words of one racist, a "cryptojew;" and that Sotomayor was handpicked by Jews because of her Latino heritage in an effort to "destroy the white race."
The League has amassed and posted examples of white supremacist rhetoric concerning Sotomayor on its Web site. The posts appear in various white supremacist Internet forums and blogs, including Stormfront, the largest and most popular white supremacist Internet forum, Vanguard News Network, a neo-Nazi news site, American Renaissance, a print and online white supremacist journal, and others.