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Legislation #: 130873 Introduction Date: 10/31/2013
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHARP, CIRCO, CURLS, DAVIS, JOHNSON, MARCASON, FORD, TAYLOR AND REED
Title: Expressing the City Council’s unanimous opposition to the racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and urging Kansas City residents to morally confront those beliefs through their words and actions but not to physically confront these neo-Nazis.

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10/31/2013 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/31/2013 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 130873

 

Expressing the City Council’s unanimous opposition to the racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and urging Kansas City residents to morally confront those beliefs through their words and actions but not to physically confront these neo-Nazis.

 

WHEREAS, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a violent white supremacist organization identified by the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) and Southern Poverty Law Center as one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States, plans a rally in Kansas City on November 9 supposedly to protest illegal immigration; and

 

WHEREAS, November 9 is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) in Germany, Austria and occupied portions of Czechoslovakia, which is remembered for the murder of nearly 100 Jewish persons, sending about 30,000 Jewish men to concentration camps, the destruction of 267 synagogues and the vandalization of thousands of homes and businesses of Jewish residents; and

 

WHEREAS, this organization founded by members of the American Nazi Party specializes in theatrical and provocative protests such as this one that have resulted in violence in other cities; and

 

WHEREAS, NSM members protested until 2007 in full Nazi uniforms, but now protest in black “battle dress uniforms” carrying swastika flags and banners; and

 

WHEREAS, the real intent of NSM’s rally is to raise the visibility of the organization and to recruit new supporters and members who may be unaware of the group’s idolization of Adolph Hitler and its true purposes to forcibly eject all persons of color, Jewish persons, and gays and lesbians from this country; and

 

WHEREAS, a community’s silence in response to this group’s vile and hateful rhetoric can be interpreted as agreement with them, while physical confrontations only play into their hands by generating more publicity; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Council strongly and unanimously opposes the hateful racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of the NSM.

 

Section 2. That the City Council urges all residents to express their moral outrage and morally confront the NSM’s hateful rhetoric through their words and actions on November 9 and every day of the year, but not to physically confront the neo-Nazis which only plays into their hands by generating more publicity for their vile and violent group.

 

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