St. Louis Group Peddling Tea Party Racism Fable

Remember Elston K. McCowan?  He was one of the men charged with assault and interfering with police on the night black conservative Kenneth Gladney was beaten by a crowd of SEIU thugs in St. Louis.  Now, he’s back as one of the organizers of a racially-charged, anti-Tea Party event.

The publicity materials for the event, Islamophobia: Tea Party as the New Klan?, appear on the Gateway Greens web site and falsely paint Tea Party members as racists:

Hostility toward Islamic and Middle Eastern people is growing like a social cancer. The Tea Party is spreading an ideology of intolerance that has contributed to a violent attack in St. Louis, countless victimizations of US Muslims, and murders in Tucson.

This is not new. Racism and fear of different cultures were part of America long before the country came into existence. Bigotry which festers below the surface erupts during times of economic collapse. But just as narrow-mindedness has long been a part of US culture, so has resistance. Come join us to look at the current wave of xenophobia and how your friends are organizing to combat it.

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Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

When it comes to hate and racism, no one in the Tea Party Movement has faced charges of beating up people who do not share the same political views, and no one in the Tea Party Movement has engaged in the kind of vitriol Jim Hoft highlighted in a July  BigGovernment article that included the video (below).  The video shows McCowan standing next to a speaker at an NAACP event and laughing at his racist remarks aimed at Gladney.

When it comes to racism in St. Louis, the event scheduled for Feb. 2 is already emitting the same sort of race-bating stench as events sponsored by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  It has no basis in fact and banks on lies and misinformation to further the group’s organizational objectives.

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Charges Filed in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case (Update)

Kenneth GladneyTwo and a half months after 39-year-old Kenneth Gladney (right) was allegedly beaten in St. Louis by SEIU thugs outside Bernard Middle School, charges have finally been filed against six individuals, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The charges come 15 days after I asked the question, Why No Charges in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case? and mentioned the fact that the police report had already shown up at BigGovernment.com.

Notable among those charged by St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington is Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman.  Rather than being charged with assault, however, Wagman stands charged with failing to obey commands by police officers on the scene “to leave the site of an ongoing disturbance.”

Wagman is joined on the charge sheet by the following, according to the Post-Dispatch:

  • Elston McCowan, 47, of St. Louis, and Perry Molens, 50, of De Soto, were each charged with assault and interfering with police;
  • Javonne Spitz, 51, of O’Fallon, Mo., and Brian Matthews, 34, of Glendale, also were charged with interfering with an officer; and
  • Cheryl Johner, 55, of Arnold, was charged with assault and destruction of property.

I found it interesting how — predictably, I might add — several of the individuals listed above are quoted in the newspaper article as saying they are innocent.

More to come.

Hat tip:  Gateway Pundit

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UPDATE 11/30/09 at 5:45 p.m. Central: Incredible as it may seem, St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington reduced the charges to ordinance violations, according to a report by local radio station KMOX-AM 1120.

UPDATE #2 3/4/10 at 10:33 a.m. Central: Jim Hoft is reporting at Big Government is reporting that today, seven months after the incident, a court date has been set for April 23 at 7 a.m. Central.